It gives me great pleasure to announce that our good friend and colleague Pat Corvan (just retired from Armagh Planetarium) has been awarded an asteroid by the International Astronomical Union. The full official citation reads as follows:
"(8515) Corvan = 1991 RJ. Discovered 1991 Sept. 4 by R. H. McNaught at Siding Spring. Patrick G. Corvan (b. 1940) has links with Armagh Observatory dating back to his schooldays. He is an avid observer whose enthusiasm for astronomy is readily communicated to others. His book and slide collections, as well as stories about the astronomers who have worked at or visited Armagh, are much in demand".
I am also glad to say that yet again I was honoured to have a hand in the procedure having suggested his name. I broke the news to Pat today and to say the least he is highly delighted and humbled by the great honour. He has the good wishes of everyone at EAAS.
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