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Blackrock Castle Observatory

Anyone who’s a space geek is going to love this next post.  Last weekend, I went to a science museum/observatory housed in a CASTLE.  Yes, you heard me, stone walls and all.

The Blackrock Castle Observatory was filled with videos covering topics like the big bang, black holes, and even where scientists think the moon came from.  We then headed to the roof (not the tallest tower, one of the lower ones) and into the dungeon to listen to a lecture on how the castle was once the protector of the second largest natural harbor in the world (second only to Sydney, Australia), and how the soldiers would routinely fight off pirates attacking the harbor.

The castle also houses a number of academics doing research on space, and I think it’s brilliant that Ireland managed to save such a beautiful piece of history by donating it to the cause of science.


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