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STARGAZING BY BIKE: For Ireland’s first national Space Week CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory is hosting an open evening of events for all ages tonight to celebrate the Space Week theme Our Planet, Our Place, Our Time. 
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Taking place from 6pm to 10pm, the space-themed evening will feature a MoonCycle where astronomers and cyclists will head off on some bicycle-powered astronomy.

You can learn about climate change as a family in workshops with researchers from Marei and author John O’Sullivan, will discuss his new book, In the Footsteps of Columbus and display his extensive Space Mission Patch Collection.

The free evening will finish with weather-dependent stargazing with the Cork Astronomy Club


Kidz Labs Cosmic Rocket, €14.95 is a hands-on rocket launching science designed to inspire young scientists.

The kit includes a booklet of fun rocket science facts, detailed launching instructions and a rocket that flies up to 15m in the air.

It is new in stock at Little Ones in Ennis, Co Clare, where you will also find a selection of space-themed items like bandana bibs, water bottles, wall stickers and glow-in-the-dark stars;


From bluezoo’s range of childrenswear at Debenhams, a matching pyjama set is perfect for any budding space explorer.

The pyjama bottoms have an outer space print while the top, right, features an ‘I need my space’ slogan which glows in the dark, prices from €19.

There’s a matching hooded dressing gown, prices from €21, as well as a space-print duvet set and curtains, prices from €34.50;

Hatley also has a range of space-themed coats, wellies, tops and pyjamas for younger children, prices from €11, including a new Retro Rocket print.

You will find a good selection at Cork-based


Kidkraft’s Rocket Ship Play Set, €99.95, will give young explorers everything they need to pretend they’re deep in outer space.

This rocket is suitable for children from the age of three and large enough so that more than one child can play with it at the same time.

It has a moving crane, astronauts and a detachable top to ‘blast off’. €26.95;

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