The Balloon-borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope (BLAST) is a submillimeter telescope that hangs from a high altitude balloon. It has a 2 meter primary mirror that directs light into bolometer arrays operating at 250, 350, and 500 Âµm. The project is being carried out by a multi-university consortium headed by the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Toronto which also includes Brown University, the University of Miami, the University of British Columbia, JPL, INAOE, and Cardiff University.
Blast is Ireland's largest alternative youth community and event promoter. It organises concerts in Athlone, Cork, Clare, Drogheda, Dundalk, Derry, Galway, Gorey, Kilkenny, Mullingar, Navan, Limerick, Sligo, Waterford, Thurles, and Swords.