September Schedule

Schull planetarium is proud to announce that it will be open throughout the month of september. Open:

Fridays, doors close:  5pm sharp.

We would love to welcome you to some autumn themed star shows where you will gain a new skill and be able find your way around the night sky by yourself. 
Our enthusiastic and knowledgeable Lecturer, Fionn Ferreira will answer questions confidently and easily and show you your own sign of the zodiac!





Perseids Meteor Shower.

The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by comet Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862. The Perseids are famous for producing a large number of bright meteors. The shower runs annually from August 10 to 14th. It peaks this year on the night of August 12 and the morning of August 13. The thin crescent moon will set early in the evening leaving dark skies for what should be an excellent show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Perseus, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
NOT TO BE MISSED!



Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower

The Delta Aquarids is an average shower that can produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by comets Marsden and Kracht. The shower runs annually from July 12 to August 23. It peaks this year on the night of July 28 and morning of July 29. The nearly full moon will be a problem this year, blocking out all but the brightest meteors. But if you are patient, you should still be able to catch a few good ones. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

Lunar Eclipse, 27th of July

The different stages of the lunar eclipse.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind Earth and into its shadow.This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and the Moon are aligned exactly or very closely so, with the planet in between. 
During a total lunar eclipse, Earth completely blocks direct sunlight from reaching the Moon. The only light reflected from the lunar surface has been refracted by Earth's atmosphere. This light appears reddish for the same reason that a sunset or sunrise does: the Rayleigh scattering of bluer light. Due to this reddish color, a totally eclipsed Moon is sometimes called a blood moon.
These eclipses are extremely rare and there will be one visible on the 27th of July.
To find out when to look out for the eclipse in your region please follow the link below and enter your city name.
we recommend to look out at east twice in the eclipse. When the moon is entering the Earths umbra and at the maximum point.
Here is an app that will tell you more details about eclipses in the future:

The visibility zones of the upcoming eclipse.




Schull Planetarium summer schedule

The summer schedule for 2018 has been announced,
the times for shows in July and August are shown below.
People are advised to arrive in advance to the times shown.
Why not book in advance?

Monday 5pm
Wednesday 8pm
Friday 5pm

People can book group bookings for a cost from €80





Eta Aquarids.

The Eta Aquarids is an above average shower, capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. Most of the activity is seen in the Southern Hemisphere. In the Northern Hemisphere, the rate can reach about 30 meteors per hour. It is produced by dust particles left behind by comet Halley, which has known and observed since ancient times. The shower runs annually from April 19 to May 28. It peaks this year on the night of May 6 and the morning of the May 7. The waning gibbous moon will block most of the fainter meteors this year, but you should be able to catch quite A few good ones if you are patient. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

 
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