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Solarfest 2018: 15-17 June

Solarfest 2018 flyerSolarfest takes place at DIAS Dunsink Observatory, Castleknock, Dublin 15 on the 15th, 16th and 17th of June 2018. This annual event is a celebration of solar astronomy for professional and amateur astronomers, as well as the general public. Entry is free, but tickets must be booked in advance.

For up-to-date information and media see the Solarfest Facebook page here.  The schedule is listed below with links to book your free tickets.

We have a Public Open Night on the evening of Friday 15th of June, including observing the Sun (weather permitting).  Book here!

  • Sam Green (DIAS) & John Flannery (IAS) will present a talk on the history of Parallax and the 150th anniversary of the Grubb Telescope.

Saturday 16th June: Main Solarfest events – Book here!

  • 10:30 Registration
  • 11:00 Ronan Newman ‘Clouds at the Edge of Space: An insight to their History, Formation & link to Solar Minimum’
  • 11:45 Shane Maloney (TCD) – ESA Solar Orbiter
  • 12:30 Ciara Maguire (TCD) and Oisin Creaner (DIAS) – I-LOFAR
  • 13:15 Live Classical Music by Sarah Joyce / Observatory Tour / Bring Your Own Picnic
  • 14:30 US Solar Eclipse Report: Michael O’Connell (IFAS)
    Phd Session:
  • 15:10 Sam Green (DIAS)
  • 15:30 Maria Moutzouri (DIAS)
  • 15:50 Samuel McKeague (DCU)
  • 16:10 Camille Stock (DIAS)
  • 16:30 Q&A Session – All Speakers
  • 16:45 Conference Close with Poetry Reading by Sarah Joyce
  • 17:00 onwards: Informal get together – pizza (€10 pp)

On Sunday 17th June we will have a family afternoon from 12:00 to 14:30, with family-orientated talks by John Flannery (IAS) and Kevin Smith (MAG). Observatory Tour by Sam Green (DIAS). Book here!

Previous Years

Solarfest has been running for some years now at Dunsink Observatory, through the dedication of a number of amateur astronomers and the support of DIAS.

Solarfest 2017

Observing the Sun during Solarfest 2017. Warning: don’t ever look directly at the sun, especially not though a telescope or binoculars! You will damage your eyes. Get advice from amateur astronomers before trying to observe the Sun.

For 2017 we were very fortunate to have blazing sunshine all day for Solarfest!  We also had a great line-up of speakers talking about a range of diverse topics.  Especially exciting was the upcoming solar eclipse in North America in August 2017, to which quite a few participants were planning to travel.


Friday 16th June Open Night:

  • Terry Moseley “Our place in the universe”
  • Observatory tour, telescope viewing

Saturday 17th June:

  • Brian MacGabhann “Einstein Made (Relatively) Simple”
  • Pete Williamson “Solar Imaging and Processing Made Simple
  • Samuel Bleyen “Sunspot Classification and Measurement”
  • Solar observing, observatory tour.
  • Sam Green “Stellar Bow Shocks”
  • Aoife Ryan “Solar Physics with I-LOFAR
  • Dúalta O’Fionnagáin “The Solar Wind in Time”
  • Sophie Murray “Space Weather: Origins and Impacts”

Sunday 18th June:

  • Sam Green “Sun for Kids”
  • Kevin Smith “Fun in the Sun!”
  • Observatory tour and solar observing.