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Future Events at Armagh Observatory Announced June 2002

The Armagh Observatory is hosting, or co-hosting, four public lectures and other events during the autumn period. The lectures are free of charge and open to all members of the public.

However, owing to limitations of space numbers may be limited. Therefore, if you are planning to attend one of these lectures, please contact the Armagh Observatory as soon as possible in order to obtain tickets.

Please write, telephone or send an e-mail to: Mrs Aileen McKee, Armagh Observatory, College Hill, Armagh BT61 9DG;

Tel: 028-3752-2928

FAX: 028-3752-7174;

e-mail: ambn@star.arm.ac.uk.


Thursday 12 September 2002:

Public Lecture: 20:00 The Rotunda Lecture Theatre, St Patrick's Trian, Armagh. Dr Mary Bruck (retired lecturer in astronomy at the University of Edinburgh, and widow of Professor Hermann Bruck, former Director of Dunsink Observatory and Astronomer Royal for Scotland) will be speaking on the life and times of Miss Agnes Mary Clerke, the Skibbereen-born nineteenth century astronomer and historian of science.

Comet Hale-Bopp over the Armagh Observatory

Mary Bruck's book, ``Agnes Mary Clerke and the Rise of Astrophysics'', is published by Cambridge University Press, and her lecture is entitled ``The Remarkable Agnes Clerke: Irish Popularizer of Astronomy and Early Astrophysics''. This event will take place on the evening of Thursday 12 September, and is being organized in partnership with the East Antrim Astronomical Society. The lecture is open to the public and free of charge.

Tuesday 24 September 2002:

Public Lecture: c.15:00 The Rotunda Lecture Theatre, St Patrick's Trian, Armagh

As part of a visit by The Antique Telescope Society, John Butler (Armagh) and Peter Hingley (Librarian, Royal Astronomical Society) will present two short talks, on the History of Armagh Observatory, and the Historic Astronomical Instruments from King George III's Collection at Kew, respectively. The lectures are open to the public and free of charge.

Sunday 20 October 2002:

Galileo Event: c.16:00 to 20:30, The Synod Hall, Armagh

This is a joint venture between the Armagh Observatory and the Armagh Natural History and Philosophical Society (NHPS). Members of the Armagh Theatre Group will present a reading of Brecht's play ``Galileo'', followed by an up-to-date lecture on Galileo's life and times by the leading historian of science and orator, Dr Allan Chapman (Wadham College, Oxford). This event, which will be open to the public free of charge and provides genuine links between astronomy, history, science and the performing arts, will take place in the Synod Hall, beginning at approximately 15:30.

Friday 22 November 2002, the 2002 Robinson Lecture:

Public Lecture: 19:45 The Studio Theatre, The Market Place, Armagh

Professor Carl Murray, of Queen Mary London, will deliver the 2002 Robinson lecture on the evening of Friday 22 November, in the Studio Theatre of the Market Place, Armagh. The lecture, ``In Search of Our Origins: The Cassini/Huygens Mission to Saturn'', will review the Cassini mission to Saturn, which will arrive at Saturn in July 2004, and include a description of some of the exciting new results on Saturn and Saturn's largest moon Titan that can hopefully be achieved before the end of the decade.

Two General Seminars: 11 September and 21 October.

In addition to these public lectures, Mary Bruck and Allan Chapman have agreed to give seminars at the Observatory, which might also be of general interest. The dates and times of these talks, which will be held in the Observatory Library, are as follows:

Wednesday 11 September, 11:00 Dr Mary Bruck (Penicuik, Edinburgh) "The Physics and Astronomy of Dante's Divine Comedy"

L-R Dr Maire Bruck, Lorna McCalman, Astronomical Society of Edinburgh President, and Dr David Gavine. Photo by Graham Rule. Photo taken in 2001 when  Dr Bruck was presented with The Lorimer Medal.

The Lorimer Medal of the Astronomical Society of Edinburgh is awarded from time to time for meritorious work in diffusing the knowledge of Astronomy among the general public

Monday 21 October, 11:00 Dr Allan Chapman (University of Oxford) "Astronomy in Ireland in the Victorian Age"

Anyone wishing to attend these talks is asked please to inform the Observatory in advance.

For up-to-date information about these and other Armagh Observatory activities, see the web-site at: http://star.arm.ac.uk/


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