James Quain, Sundials, Mon 13 Mar 2023, 8 pm

A Cork Astronomy Club public lecture held in UCC’s Civil Engineering Building

Telling the time is one of the earliest applications of astronomy. James Quain, a member of Cork Astronomy Club with a lifelong interest in sundials, will describe how these installations work and the astronomy they are based on.  

James will illustrate how time is depicted, and discuss the development of sundials from the earliest known examples.  Find out about classification of sundials, moondials & nocturnals, the major & major general, the dial’s components & furniture,  pillar, wall mounted and hand dials, noon marks, dial accuracy and corrections.

Above: James holding one of his collection of sundials.

Where and when

The venue is University College Cork’s Civil Engineering building.   Directions here.

Start time is 8 pm prompt, so please arrive 10 minutes early.

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.

When we finish at 9.45, you can stay and chat for a few minutes after the end of the formal meeting, with tea and coffee served.

Lecture will be live streamed over Zoom. To get the link, email newsletter@corkastronomyclub.com before 5pm on day of lecture.  Better still, sign up for our monthly guest bulletin .  

Workshop, late March

For Club members only, James will give a workshop with work in small groups to make a paper sundial, cut out components and assemble, set up & orientation. This workshop will be on a Saturday morning on a date to be announced ─ probably late March.

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