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Education

  • Schools and Colleges: visits to Dunsink Observatory can be arranged if booked beforehand. These trips can be organised for day or evening time.
  • Transition Year Week: we run a TY week usually in late February, for students interested in maths and science as a career path.  Learn more here, and read about TY week in previous years.
  • Science Week – Astronomy Watch (mid-November)
    Astronomy Watch is an outreach programme run by DIAS to coincide with Science Week Ireland. Secondary Schools are invited to visit Dunsink Observatory for lectures on a wide variety of topics in astronomy and, weather permitting, students have the opportunity to look through the Grubb Telescope located in the South Dome.

Promoting science as a career path for students of all ages, a visit to Dunsink Observatory is an inspiring experience. For more information or to request an invitation, please contact Hilary O’Donnell (hod@cp.dias.ie) or dunsink@dias.ie.

For details on upcoming events check our Facebook and Eventbrite.

Note that the Observatory is currently closed for visitors because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  We will endeavour to reopen as soon as possible once it is safe to do so.

Resources for Children

UNAWE is an International Astronomical Union (IAU) endorsed programme that uses the beauty and grandeur of the Universe to encourage young children, particularly those from an underprivileged background, to have an interest in science and technology and foster their sense of global citizenship from the earliest age. UNAWE was founded in 2004 and is active in 40 countries comprising a global network of almost 500 astronomers, teachers and other educators.

Universe Awareness has started a collaboration with the European Southern Observatory (ESO) to produce the astronomy news service Space Scoop — versions of ESO Science and Photo Releases that are written specifically for children aged between 7 and 11 years old. Space Scoop is meant to feed children’s curiosity about the Universe, by allowing them to access ESO releases. Space Scoop will be available online at the same time as the original version of a release, so children can learn about the latest developments in astronomy as they happen.