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Armagh Observatory Future Public Events

1. Public Lecture "Why Are We Here?", 8.00 pm Thursday 22 October 2009

The Armagh Observatory and the Armagh Natural History and Philosophical Society are co-hosting a free public lecture on Thursday 22 October 2009 in the Rotunda Lecture Theatre, St. Patrick's Trian, Armagh. The Lecture will be delivered by Dr Martin Hendry of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow. The lecture will begin at 8.00 pm and is scheduled to end at 9.00 pm with questions, followed by tea and coffee.

The title and summary of the lecture are:

Why Are We Here?

Since the dawn of civilisation human cultures have sought to understand our place in the universe, asking "Big questions" about our cosmic origins. Modern cosmology provides some startling answers to these questions: not only is the universe expanding, but we believe the expansion to be accelerating -- driven by a mysterious "dark energy" that challenges our ideas about gravity and the very nature of space and time. Moreover our runaway universe appears to be rather delicately balanced, in the sense that small changes in the laws of nature would result in a very different cosmos -- most likely unsuitable for life like us. What does all of this mean for our cosmic origins? Is our universe unique, or do we belong to a "multiverse" -- a vast ensemble of universes, each with its own laws of nature? In his lecture, Dr Hendry will explore these, and other, questions posed by the latest cosmological discoveries, and discuss what implications they might have for the existence of life in the universe.

For free tickets to this public lecture, please contact Aileen McKee at the Armagh Observatory; Tel: 028-3752-2928; Fax: 028-3752-7174; e-mail: ambnat signarm.ac.uk.

2. "Portraits of Astronomers" Exhibition, Armagh County Museum

(A) Launch of "Portraits of Astronomers" Exhibition, 8.00 pm Thursday 19 November 2009

The launch of the "Portraits of Astronomers" exhibition will take place on Thursday 19 November 2009 in Armagh County Musuem, The Mall East, Armagh at 8.00 pm.

(B) Public Lecture "Portraits of Astronomers", 8.00 pm Friday 20 November 2009

The Armagh Observatory and The Armagh Natural History and Philosophical Society are co-hosting a free public lecture on Friday 20 November 2009 in the Armagh County Museum, The Mall East, Armagh. The Lecture will be delivered by the creator of the exhibition, Lucinda Douglas-Menzies. The lecture will begin at 8.00 pm and is scheduled to end at 9.00 pm.

(C) "Portraits of Astronomers" Exhibition, 20 November 2009 to 9 January 2010

The "Portraits of Astronomers" exhibition is a collaboration between Armagh Observatory, the Armagh County Museum, and photographer, Ms Lucinda Douglas-Menzies. The approximately 40 framed black-and-white photographs show a wide range of distinguished living UK astronomers each of whom was asked to provide a brief note explaining their interest in astronomy and what it was that originally drew them into the subject. The exhibition, which was launched at the Royal Astronomical Society in London on 2008 December 12, has already been displayed at a variety of locations across the UK, including the Royal Society of London, the Cambridge and Edinburgh Science Festivals, the University of Durham and the National Portrait Gallery, London, and it will be on show at the Armagh County Musuem from 19 November 2009 to 9 January 2010 a further component of the Observatory's contributions to the International Year of Astronomy 2009. For information on opening times please contact Armagh County Museum; The Mall East, Armagh, BT61 9BE; Tel: 028-3752-3070;

3. Georgian Day, Saturday 28 November 2009

The Observatory will open its doors to visitors on Saturday 28 November as part of the annual Georgian Day events organized by the Armagh City and District Council. Guided tours will be available at: 11:30 and 14:00, each tour will last c.1.5 hours. To book a place on a tour, please contact Armagh Tourism; 40 English Street, Armagh, BT61 7BA; Tel: 028-3752-1800; email: infoat signvisitarmagh.com.

4. "From Earth To The Universe" Exhibition, 30 November 2009 to 9 January 2010

The "From Earth To The Universe" exhibition, which features some of the best astronomical images ever taken will be on show at the Armagh County Museum from 30 November 2009 to 9 January 2010 as another part of the Observatory's contributions to the International Year of Astronomy 2009. For information on opening times please contact Armagh County Museum; The Mall East, Armagh, BT61 9BE; Tel: 028-3752-3070;

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