Solarfest will take place here , on the 16th, 17th and 18th of June. Organised by the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS), Irish Federation of Astronomical Societies (IFAS), Meath Astronomy Group and the TCD Solar Group, this annual event is a celebration of solar astronomy for professional and amateur astronomers, as well as the general public.
The free event consists of a public open evening on Friday 16th June, an all-day public event on Saturday 17th June and an afternoon family event on Sunday 18th June. The events include talks by enthusiastic astronomers, access to/tours of the observatory, and solar observing if the weather permits.
Solarfest is a fun way to find out more about the Sun and its place among the other stars, as well as its crucial importance to Earth.
Introduction: Dunsink Observatory integrel to the Irish Astronomy Trail , has a long history in the service of science. Like most older European Observatory buildings it is now mainly used as residential accomodation and a venue to hire for small meetings and workshops. It is also used for public outreach and in particular public open nights during the winter months.
Getting Here: Dunsink Observatory is located about 8 kms northwest of Dublin city centre, in the suburb of Castleknock.
Tel: +353 (1) 4406656
GPS Our GPS location is +53° 23′ 12.30″, -6° 20′ 10.40″
By Bus : (numbers 38, 38A and 38B) to Dunsink leave from Oconnell Street. Get off at the bus stop nearest the Auburn Avenue/New Dunsink Lane roundabout (Travel Lodge is visible on the right) on the Navan Road, cross over to New Dunsink Lane and follow it for the next two miles.