Saturday, 17 January 2009
Thursday, 15 May 2008
Budding young scientists urged to reach for skies
By Breda Heffernan
Thursday May 15 2008
STUDENTS scanned the skies above Dublin yesterday, not in the hope of tracking alien life, but in honour of the world's most famous astronomer, Galileo.
With the summer holidays almost in sight, pupils are already being urged to put their thinking caps on ahead of next year's BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.
Next year will be the International Year of Astronomy and will be 400 years since Galileo first used a telescope to study the heavens. In honour of this anniversary, the annual science exhibition will have spectacular displays on the theme of astronomy at the RDS next January.
Now entering its 45th year, the exhibition hopes to attract a record number of projects in 2009. Last year, students from around the country entered 1,416 projects, covering every aspect of science.
Chris Clark, chief executive of BT, said: "The BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition is one of the finest showcases in the world for science, technology and mathematics. This 32-county exhibition provides a platform for our young scientists and technologists to come together to investigate theories, discover new technologies and advance current knowledge through innovation.
"Continued focus is needed on developing Ireland as a knowledge economy. We believe this exhibition en-courages schools throughout the island to have an interest in the skills that will help Ireland advance and thrive."I wonder if it was the same Galileo who appeared at the ASE conference this year?!
Tuesday, 6 May 2008
Mike Robe from UKRA has already beat me to this with his Rocket tunes CD that he was handing out to people at the UK Space Conference but here is something that might one day turn up as a Cosmic Diary compilation:
1. Intergalactic - Beastie Boys
2. Good Morning Cockeral - Underworld (moondog bleached by the sun)
3. Pearl's Girl - Underworld ( and old man einstein crazy in his attic)
4. ELO - Mr Blue Skies
5. Earth intruders - Bjork
6. Saturn 5 - Inspiral carpets
7. Two worlds collide - Inspiral Carpets - they also had a picture of Saturn on the from of the single
8. Outta Space - The Prodigy
9. Gustav Holst - The Planets Suite
10. Across the Universe - The Beatles - would you believe this track was beamed to the pole star by NASA? and now its started an argument between astronomers who are saying that if interpreted as a blattle cry it could start an alien invasion! If you don't beleive me, check out the link to the story... scary!
Sunday, 4 May 2008
The UK UNAWE network is growing by the day and next week on May 10th I will be giving a brief update on UNAWE and the Galileo Teacher Training Programme at the British Association for Planetaria AGM which will be held at the LIFE Centre in Newcastle.
Wednesday, 30 April 2008
IoP's UK based only Public Engagement grants - deadline May 2nd... get your application in quick!
EU Media 2008 International Cooperation:
More to be added later today!
Visit http://www.doodle.ch/y55g5uq9ib329pwz for joining the current IYA 09 International Funding Consortium or email myself at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, 27 April 2008
Tadpole Galaxy/Arp 188
Saturday, 26 April 2008
Outside the observatories, labs and offices, astronomers are parents, photographers, athletes, and musicians. At work they are managers, observers, graduate students, lecturers, grant proposers, instrument builders and data analysts.
More can be found on the IYA 09 website at: http://www.astronomy2009.org/cornerstone-projects-mainmenu-80/cosmic-diary-mainmenu-84.html
So why is this a blog created under the banner of the Cosmic Diary project? In the UK and Internationally we still have a long long way to go before the global cornerstone projects as a whole are ready for next year. Some of the projects are pretty straight forward while others to implement will be extremely complex and will require an enormous amount of (wo)man power. My motivation for the Cosmic Diary is to assist in the coordination of the international collective taskgroups and grant funding. I am also a taskgroup member of Universe Awareness and the Galileo Teacher Training Programme, and also Universe Awareness co-ordinator for the UK. This year I have been able to represent the Association for Astronomy Education as their President and also the Space Education Council as their secretary. To move matters forward in the UK and worldwide, a UK collective is planning a conference to be held during IYA 09 to show teachers, educators, pupils, astronomers, members of the public and everyone in-between what the IYA 09 hopes to achieve, what we are planning to do and what we are currently doing. Many of the IYA 09 global cornerstone projects intend to carry on after 2009. Some like Universe Awareness plan to become a foundation where the project is implemented with project partners worldwide. Ambitious as this all seems, this can only happen as a collective consortium of astronomers, educators, the amateur astronomy community and everyday citizens. By utilising this blog it is hoped that people will be able to tap into the latest updates on the progress of IYA 09 and also to get a glimpse of an astronomers daily life , what it is like to be an astronomer and also obtain information on the latest activites, events and how they can participate. And hopefully you will also find it entertaining! astronomers have a sense of humour too you know) : )