SKY-GAZERS LEFT IN DARK AFTER NORTHERN LIGHTS NO-SHOW

first_imgThe Northern Lights captured by Rory Adam Porter.Sky-gazers were left disappointed after traveling from across Ireland to see the spectacular Northern Lights above Donegal at the weekend.An alert was put out that the aurora borealis or Northern Lights would be visible in the skies over Donegal and the North-West.The amazing dancing lights, normally only seen around the Arctic Circle, were expected to move further south between Thursday and Saturday. NASA and Astronomy Ireland were among groups and organisations who alerted the pubic to the natural phenomenon.Hundreds of people travelled from across Ireland including Dublin and Roscommon to catch a glimpse of the lights.But they were left hugely disappointed when the lights failed to materialise.The lights went dim when ejections from the sun slowed down and the earth’s magnetic field pulled all the light Northwards back towards the Arctic Circle. One disappointed light-hunter travelling around Malin Head in Co Donegal tweeted “The only lights I can see are the headlights of other cars looking for the Northern Lights.”Veteran Northern Lights gazer and photographer Adam Rory Porter said he met lots of people in Donegal who were extremely disappointed.“It is not an exact science and even people in NASA were quite confident of a good lights display in more southern skies.“I met a lot of people who had traveled from down south hoping to sees the lights but it was just not meant to be.“I felt so guilty because I had been reading these forecasts from NASA and it looked like there was a good chance of seeing the lights but the ejections from the sun just slowed down. “The reality is that if you want to be almost guaranteed to see the Northern Lights then you have to travel to Iceland or Norway and that’s quite expensive.“It took me five or six warnings to see the lights myself but it was certainly worth waiting for,” he said.The aurora borealis occurs when highly charged electrons from the solar wind interact with elements in the Earth’s atmosphere leaving amazing light shows of various colours.SKY-GAZERS LEFT IN DARK AFTER NORTHERN LIGHTS NO-SHOW was last modified: January 13th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:adam rory porterdonegalNASAnorthern lightslast_img read more

‘A SCHOOL OF THE FUTURE’ – TAOISEACH PRAISES LORETO PUPILS

first_imgFIRST year students at Loreto Community School in Milford next term will be “pioneers” the Taoiseach Enda Kenny told more than 700 pupils and staff yesterday.He was speaking as the school celebrated the success of 5th year pupil Shaun Sweeney when he won a €150,000 worth of computer equipment in a nationwide competition.The SmartClass initiative was run by Intel, the Educational Company of Ireland, and technology company Steljes. Representatives of all the companies were at the school yesterday to officially hand over the prize.“This Digital Curriculum Prize of €150,000 will make a huge difference not only to the 140 First Years, but to everyone in the school, to all their families, their teachers and the wider Milford community,” Mr Kenny told them.“This prize marks a new chapter in the long and already-proud history of this school. And, indeed, it marks a new departure for the companies involved.“I know that every one of the 140 children who will benefit, is excited about what this new means of learning will mean for them this year, and intrigued about the effect it will have on them and their learning in the years ahead. “It’s hard to imagine that the entire Junior Cert Curriculum is now loaded onto this tablet-style laptop.  No more struggling with mega-kilos of books. Your spines will thank the companies involved.“And I have every confidence that the opportunities given to you here in the e-notebooks, e-workbooks and other electronic learning and teaching resources, will impact powerfully on your thinking ability and your imaginative capacity.”Mr Kenny told the students that many of them would have jobs in the future which hadn’t been thought of yet.“What goes on in here in the heads and hearts of our children is what will make or break this country in the years and generations ahead,” said the Taoiseach.“It behoves all of us then to make sure we create the kind of environment that ensures that what goes on in here is the best, the deepest, the most original, often unusual but always sincere. “Our children are masters at technology. It’s about time that their facility with, and affinity for that technology was a critical part of their school life.”Mr Kenny said there are many students all over Ireland who would find that this new system of learning brings new joy to their school day, and perhaps new purpose, to what might be otherwise, a somewhat tedious school experience.“I note you have a meditation room here and I would urge you all to use it,” he said.“The world now is one of instant reaction. We’re always on, primed and expected to respond. But, equally, in that world, we must have time to reflect. Something that is true of us all, especially our politicians. “Your new e-curriculum will allow you to explore new worlds not alone in the crucial areas of maths and science but equally in  literature and the Arts. This technology will bring right into the classroom the recorded voices of writers such as Yeats and Joyce and TS Eliot.“I leave by saying well done Loreto Milford.  You must be proud of yourselves today. I know that your teachers, your school will help you to make the very most of what you have been given. But in the end it’s all down to you: your courage, your hard-work, your ambition.“These are the things we need for Ireland’s recovery.The qualities necessary for our better future in a better Europe true to the ideals of Schuman and Monnet.”‘A SCHOOL OF THE FUTURE’ – TAOISEACH PRAISES LORETO PUPILS was last modified: May 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more