Dr John W. Mason revisits Ballyrobert

Dr John MasonWell - known broadcaster and writer Dr John W. Mason is to made a welcome return visit to the East Antrim Astronomical Society in the spring of 2002. He will be here as part of a weeklong series of engagements which are being organised by the Irish Astronomical Association. He arrived in the province on Wednesday March 20th 2002, and that evening will deliver "The Ronnie Ormonde Memorial Lecture" named in honour of a past President of the Association.

On the following evening, Thursday the 21st.March, he delivered a public lecture in the Thompson Primary School, Ballyrobert, where the EAAS were the hosts. The title of his talk was:

"The Life & Times of Stars"

Following some private time to visit Armagh, Newgrange etc, he  then gave a series of lectures in the Republic of Ireland, including Dublin, Limerick and Cork, before returning to England from Cork on Thursday, March 28th.

Dr Mason is a past President of the British Astronomical Association, (BAA) and a full member of the International Astronomical Union, (IAU). He is widely known for his expeditions to far-flung corners of the world chasing eclipses and meteor showers, and is a prolific writer.

He has appeared some fifteen times on "The Sky At Night" with Sir Patrick Moore, just lately in November 2001. Recently, he has been instrumental in setting up the newly opened South Downs Planetarium & Science Centre at Chichester, Sussex, the largest facility of its kind in England outside of London.

The EAAS enjoyed very much having Dr Mason with them on that occasion and also look forward to future visits with enthusiasm. A good attendance on the evening was bolstered by the current President of the IAA (Irish Astronomical Association) Mr Terry Moseley and several of their members.



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