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The Farthest Q&A

Interview with Emer Reynolds, director of “The Farthest“, the story of the Voyager Mission

A guest article by Sarah Joyce, Transition Year Student 2017 and Young Scientific Reporter at DIAS Dunsink Observatory.

15th December 2017


“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives; on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”   Carl Sagan

As I write this, I am listening to a playlist of songs, pieces and recordings which are on a record  that’s currently over 13 billion miles away from the Sun. There’s works by Mozart, Beethoven, Louis Armstrong, Chuck Berry, and even a chant by the Navajo Indians. The playlist, of course, is that of the Golden Record, a time capsule of music, spoken greetings, and messages from Earth, and the only two copies of which are aboard the spacecrafts Voyager 1 and Voyager 2. (more…)

October 2017 Events

Cherenkov Telescope Array and Gamma Ray Astronomy Evening @ DIAS Dunsink Observatory

A guest article by Sarah Joyce, Transition Year Student 2017 and Young Scientific Reporter at DIAS Dunsink Observatory, covering a selection of events in October 2017 including the CTA-Ireland Open Night, Maths Week, and the NEMETODE meteor workshop.
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Culture Night 2017

CULTURE NIGHT 2017 @ DIAS DUNSINK OBSERVATORY

A guest article by Sarah Joyce, Transition Year Student 2017 and Young Scientific Reporter at DIAS Dunsink Observatory.


Culture Night

This Culture Night (Friday 22nd of September 2017), Dunsink Observatory (DIAS) opened their doors to approximately 1200 visitors who came to the historic location to get a taste of space, explore the facilities at Dunsink Observatory, and learn about the fascinating research being carried out in the Astrophysics and Astronomy sections of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS). This huge number of visitors was warmly welcomed to one of the landmark locations on the Irish Astronomy Trail, and included quite a number of enthusiasts who made the 2km trek up the Dunsink Lane, the majority arrived by car (for which there was free parking!), but this also included quite a number of visitors who arrived by bicycle or on foot.
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