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A Radio Dish in Midleton, How big is BIG?

A Radio Dish in Midleton, How big is BIG?

Published on: Tuesday, 31 May 2011

On Friday June 3 speakers and visitors to the open night at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory will explore the recent re commissioning of the 32meter radio telescope at Midleton which has been brought back to life in a partnership between the National Space Centre and CIT BCO.  Learn how students in schools will get to listen in on the radio signals from outer space through the giant receiver & how the dish will be a test bed for engineering and science projects from primary through to PhD & research.

First Fridays at the Castle is a monthly event at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory. It features lectures and discussions by visiting scientists, free entry to Cosmos at the Castle and workshop activities for children.
BCO’s Frances McCarthy, in-house teacher and astronomer, will lead children through the realms of radio astronomy in a guided workshop ‘How big is BIG?’ The workshops run every half hour from 6-8pm.

In his 8pm discussion To Infinity & Beyond! the headline theatre speaker Rory Fitzpatrick, CEO National Space Centre, talks of the plans for the 32m Deep Space Radio Telescope at Elfordstown Earthstation & of the opportunities for Ireland in space related industries.

The Cork Science Café and guided stargazing with the Cork Astronomy Club will resume on the First Fridays at the Castle programme in October 2011.



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