COSMOS, Ireland's longest running star party since 1992 is one of the highlights of the Irish astronomicla event calendar every year. Attracting international guest speakers and visitors alike, this star party is one of the most exciting, educational and friendly in Western Europe. With a programme that lasts from Friday evening through to Sunday afternoon, mark your diary for COSMOS 2017: March 31st to April 2nd at the 4 Star Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Athlone, Ireland. View 2017 Programme > | 2017 Speakers >
What began as a complimentary star party known as the Irish Astrofest, hosted by Midlands Astronomy Club since 1992 has turned into a thrilling weekend full of internationally-recognised speakers, exhibits and stands, astronomy, rocket launches, interactive fun events and more. Aimed at all levels of interest, ages and demographics, COSMOS brings together astronomers, scientists, rocket engineers as well as amateurs, families and enthisiasts for a celebration of Irish Astronomy.
That is up to you, as there is something to suit all levels of interests and ages. Children under 13 even go free with a paying adult, so bring them along! Take part in the events by building your own bottle rocket, or stay late Saturday evening for our annual free Astro Quiz with prizes and even astronomical observing. Listen to various lectures by internationally-recognised speakers. All this, and more, and it won't cost you the stars!
Weekend (Fri+Sat+Sun) - €40
Saturday Only - €30
Sunday Only - €20
Friday only (Workshop) - €3
Single Lecture - €10
Cosmic Dinner - €30
Cosmic Table Quiz - Free
There are various pricing rates according to how long you would like to stay. If you are looking for accommodation, click here.
Children under 13 are FREE with a paying adult (maximum of 2 children per adult). This excludes the Friday night rocket workshop.
All attendees are welcome to take part in the bottle rocket launches on Saturday afternoon, but you must build and bring your own rocket!