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Public Lecture

"A short history of measuring the heavens from Armagh"

By Professor Michael Burton, Armagh Observatory & Planetarium.

Monday 8th October

About the Lecture

In the 18th and 19th  centuries the work of the astronomer was focussed on the accurate measurement of the positions of celestial objects.  Armagh Observatory played a leading role in the development of the science over this period.  This talk will overview some of the pioneering contributions made using the telescopes, which, remarkably still exist in situ in Armagh today.  This painstaking work helped lead to the comprehensive picture we have of the heavens today.  The second part of this talk will demonstrate aspects of the celestial clockwork the understanding we now have of the motions and cycles we see in the cosmos around us.


About the Lecturer



Professor Burton is an internationally renowned researcher who specialises in using infrared and millimetre-wave astronomy to study how stars form in the interstellar medium (the tenuous matter between the stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way ). He was previously Director of Teaching at the School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Australia but has previously worked at Armagh Observatory during his career.





After the lecture there will be a social reception in The Lombard and we encourage all of you to come along for a chat.
All are welcome to attend and free food will be kindly provided by The Lombard.

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A prize draw will be held after the lecture.

Booking Information

Date Monday 8th October
Subject to change - please check back later
Time 8:00p.m.

Physics Bldg, Physics Department , Fitzgerald Building, Trinity College Dublin.
There is an entrance on Lincoln Place (not far from the Merrion Square end of TCD). If you get the DART or bus to Pearse St, or drive. Use the Science Gallery entrance on Pearse Street (near the corner with Westland Row) There are maps here:  Here

Parking: Mark Street , Marks Lane , Lombard St. East .

Free Parking on the above streets after 7pm
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Admission €10 (€5 Astronomy Ireland members and concessions)
Tickets where possible should be booked in advance. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the night, please come along 15 minutes early to accommodate.

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Cost: DVD's cost €10 each incl P&P (€5 Astronomy Ireland members)

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Acknowledgment: Astronomy Ireland would like to thank the TCD Astrophysics Research Group for hosting AI public lectures in Trinity College Dublin.

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