Welcome to the COSMOS Star Party!

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 2020: April 3rd to 5th at the 4 Star Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Athlone, Ireland. View 2017 Programme for insight >  |  2017 Speakers >

COSMOS 2020 Midlands Astronomy Club Ireland

What is the COSMOS Star Party?

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.

What can I expect at COSMOS 2020?

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!


Admission Rates

Weekend (Fri+Sat+Sun) - €40

Saturday Only - €30

Sunday Only - €20

Friday only - €5 per adult, CHILDREN* GO FREE!

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).

All attendees are welcome to take part in the bottle rocket launches on Saturday afternoon, but you must build and bring your own rocket!

Raffle Tickets are sold Friday night and throughout Saturday, with the raffle taking place on Saturday at c. 17:30hrs. If you will not be present, put your name and contact phone number on the back and you can leave it with a MAC committee member.