“Birr Castle in the 19th Century – Mary Field & William Parsons and an Astronomical Leviathan”, John Burgess and Dr Bettie Higgs, 9 May 2022, 8 pm

After a two year absence, Cork Astronomy Club is back at University College Cork, and on 9th May we shall hear from two Club members about Birr Castle in the 19th Century and the Leviathan telescope. Built by the 3rd Earl of Rosse in 1845, this was for over 70 years the largest telescope in the world. 

This lecture is in preparation for a Club members outing to Birr in June. 

We shall again be using lecture theatre 1 in the Boole basement.  We chose this mindful that our old room in the Civil Engineering building was sometimes full to its capacity of 100, and that some of our members and guests will be cautious about attending a crowded meeting. Boole 1 has more than twice the capacity of our old room.  The Boole basement entrance is about 70 m north of the Civil Engineering building, see directions.

Lecture theatre 1 in Boole basement, UCC

This lecture is open to all. There will also be club announcements and a sky this month presentation, and if you are new to our Club you will get a feel for our activities.

Start time 8 pm, and we aim to finish at 9.45. There will be an opportunity to stay and chat for a few minutes after the end of the formal meeting if you want to.

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