dublinlove #5. dunsink observatory.

i’ve posted many times about dunsink observatory, so these pictures are new but still redundant. they were taken on dublin culture night, 21 september, when all of dublin hosts special events. dunsink had several astronomy talks, demonstrations, stargazing, telescope viewing, and even readings from ulysses. it was also the night a giant fireball streaked across the uk and ireland, and we had a magnificent view of it as it came from the direction of jupiter which is what we had our telescopes pointed at.

dunsink is rich in not only irish history, but physics and astronomy history as well. it is where sir william rowan hamilton spent his entire working life and many famous scientists have signed the historic guestbook. my institute has been running dunsink since 1947, before that it was operated by trinity college dublin.

as you can guess, it is entirely useless for astronomical observing and research, but it is a neat old building and telescope and is important for public outreach in ireland.


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