I-LOFAR is teaming up with DIAS Dunsink Observatory for a Night Among the Stars. _____________________________________________________________________________________

The sixteenth edition of Culture Night will take place on Friday 17 September 2021.

Join us for a night among the stars and expand your mind with great cosmic questions from the astronomers of DIAS Dunsink Observatory! Dunsink is Ireland’s oldest astronomical observatory and was once the home of one of Ireland’s greatest mathematicians, Sir William Rowan Hamilton. Nowadays, DIAS astrophysicists study explosions on the Sun, search for new stars and planets, and search the universe for exotic astronomical objects.

The programme starts at 7pm and includes a virtual tour of the 18th century observatory and the Victorian engineering of the South Telescope built by Grubb of Dublin. There will also be “light-speed” talks from leading astrophysicists and a questions & answers session.

This event will be completely virtual through Zoom, please note that the Observatory will not be open to visitors. Booking is required through Eventbrite as places will be limited. Please register here for free tickets.


  • Friday 17th September 2021
  • 19:00 – 20:00 UTC+1
  • Tickets free but limited, register now on Eventbrite.


  • Welcome (MC: Áine Flood, I-LOFAR)
  • Virtual Observatory Tour (Peter Gallagher, I-LOFAR & DIAS)
  • Science Behind the Escape Room (Caitríona Jackman, DIAS)
  • Meteor Citizen Science (Jonathan Mackey, DIAS)

Contact info@lofar.ie with any queries.