The 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; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Events September to November 2002
Thursday 12 September 2002:
Public Lecture: 20:00 The Rotunda Lecture Theatre, St Patrick's Trian, Armagh
"The Remarkable Agnes Clerke: Irish Popularizer of Astronomy and Early Astrophysics"
Speaker: Dr Mary Brück
Dr Mary Brück (retired lecturer in astronomy at the University of Edinburgh, and widow of Professor Hermann Brück, 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. Mary Brück's book, "Agnes Mary Clerke and the Rise of Astrophysics", is published by Cambridge University Press. This event is being organized in partnership with the East Antrim Astronomical Society.
See also: Press Release
Thursday 24 September 2002:
Public Lecture: c.15:00 The Rotunda Lecture Theatre, St Patrick's Trian, Armagh
"The History of Armagh Observatory"
Speaker: Dr John Butler, Armagh Observatory
"The Historic Astronomical Instruments of George III"
Speaker: Peter Hingley, Librarian, Royal Astronomical Society
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.
Sunday 20 October 2002:
Galileo Event: 16:00 to 20:30, The Synod Hall, Armagh
"The Life of Galileo" by Bertolt Brecht
Reading by: The Armagh Theatre Group
"Galileo: The Martyr who Brought his own Firewood"
Speaker: Dr Allan Chapman
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 rehearsed reading of Bertolt Brecht's play "The Life of Galileo", introduced and produced by Conor O'Malley, followed by a lecture entitled "Galileo: The Martyr who Brought his own Firewood" 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, provides genuine links between astronomy, history, science and the performing arts, and will take place in the Synod Hall, Abbey Street, from 16:00.
Programme notes for this event are available for download in HTML, PDF (1MB) and in Postscript (12MB) formats.
Map of Armagh showing the location of the Synod Hall.
Friday 22 November 2002:
The 2002 Robinson Lecture: 19:30, The Studio Theatre, The Market Place, Armagh
"In Search of Our Origins: The Cassini/Huygens Mission to Saturn"
Speaker: Professor Carl Murray
Professor Carl Murray, of Queen Mary, University of 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 which will arrive at Saturn in July 2004, and include a description of some of the exciting new discoveries on Saturn and Saturn's largest moon Titan that can hopefully be made before the end of the decade.
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