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September 2012 – A Fiery Night at Dunsink Observatory

As one of very few science events during Dublin Culture Night 2012, the open night at Dunsink Observatory proved convincingly that astronomy is also part of Dublin’s culture. Favoured by clear skies, more than 700 visitors came out… Read More

September 2012 – School of Cosmic Physics – Statutory Public Lecture 2012

His Excellency Mr Tibor Tóth, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) recently visited DIAS and gave the 2012 Statutory Public Lecture of the School of Cosmic Physics. The lecture was held… Read More

August 2012 – DIAS Professor elected Vice-President of the new IAU Division in High Energy and Fundamental Physics

Prof. Felix Aharonian (School of Cosmic Physics) was elected Vice-President of the new IAU Division D (High Energy and Fundamental Physics) at the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union held in Beijing in August 2012.

July 2012 – Research by DIAS scientists spotlighted by the American Geophysical Union

The American Geophysical Union selects a small number of key papers from the thousands published each month in AGU journals to highlight. For July, 2012, the AGU has selected a paper written by DIAS scientists.

July 2012 – CERN experiments observe particle consistent with long-sought Higgs boson

Official announcement on the CERN website Peter Ware Higgs (while visiting DIAS for a conference in honour of Professor Werner Nahm – 20-11-2009)

June 2012 – Tánaiste and Dr Lassina Zerbo open Ireland’s National Data Centre for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Organisation

Ireland’s National Data Centre for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) hosted by DIAS, was officially opened on Friday 22 June, by the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Eamon Gilmore, T.D., and Dr… Read More

June 2012 – Earthquake off county Mayo

On June 6th, 2012, at 07:58:13.9 UTC a moderate earthquake Mag 4.0 occurred in the Atlantic Ocean at location 54.151 -10.904, 100 km off Belmullet in Co Mayo.

May 2012 – Royal Irish Academy honours DIAS Academics

Two of DIAS’s top academics were recently admitted as new Members of the Royal Irish Academy. Professor Felix Aharonian (Cosmic Physics) and Professor Denjoe O’Connor (Theoretical Physics) were among only 22 academics on the island of Ireland to… Read More

June 2012 – What have Captain Cook, Charles Mason of Mason-Dixon Line fame, and Ireland Got in Common?

On June 6th 2012, weather permitting, Ireland will witness a transit of Venus when the planet will cross in front of the Sun. Transits of Venus are very rare and if you don’t see this one, you will… Read More

May 2012 – First instrument for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is completed and handed over to NASA.

Instruments that will be used on the James Webb Space Telescope were developed by scientists led by Prof. Tom Ray, from the Astronomy & Astrophysics Section, School of Cosmic Physics.