On Saturday November 15th, Cmdr. Chris Hadfield visited Eason in Galway to sign copies of his latest book ‘You Are Here – Around the World in 92 Minutes’. As this video posted by The Connacht Tribune shows, it was an extremely popular event, with hundreds of people braving the elements to meet Ireland’s favourite astronaut.
The ReelLIFE SCIENCE team were lucky enough to meet Cmdr. Hadfield beforehand, where he presented students from the winning primary school, Scoil Aonghusa Senior, with their €1000 prize. As one of our Special Guest Judges for 2015, he had been very impressed with the videos submitted by Irish primary and secondary students for the competition, saying “Discovery and creativity, turned loose by imagination. A great project that I am proud to be a part of.”
In the final Research Article for 2015, Dr. Neil Trappe, Senior Lecturer in Experimental Physics in Maynooth University writes about how his research helps scientists ‘see’ much more of the universe than previously possible.
When you look outside at the clear night sky you will see many thousands of stars overheard which is, of course, a beautiful sight. The Moon, stars, planets, comets and galaxies can all be observed if you know where to look just using your eyes. But if you have a pair of binoculars or a telescope these optical instruments also you to see much more detail and many fainter objects you would not be able to see with just your eyes. The telescope gathers more light and magnifies the objects letting you see more and enhance your view.
Winning schools from Dublin and Kerry make a big bang with their videos about Space and Light!
The winners of ReelLIFE SCIENCE 2015 are today, at the start of Science Week, announced as Scoil Aonghusa Senior, Tallaght, at primary school level, with ‘Scoil Aonghusa Rocket Launch‘, and Fifth Year secondary school students, Solas O’Halloran and Matt Tyrkiel from Causeway Comprehensive School, Co. Kerry with their video, ‘The Mystery of Light‘.