“What makes a comet Great”, Prof Alan Fitzsimmons, public Zoom lecture, 14 March 2022

Cork Astronomy Club looks forward to welcoming Prof Alan Fitzsimmons of      Queen’s University Belfast. Some comets are predicted years or even centuries in advance, whilst others appear at only a few months notice.  But in every case they are eagerly anticipated by amateur astronomers, and if taken up in the mass media, by the public at large.  This anticipation is sometimes rewarded with an impressive show, yet often, in the event, a comet will disappoint.  From his study of comets Prof Fitzsimmons will suggest what makes a comet great.  His title is topical, as comet Bernardinelli-Bernstein, even now travelling toward the interior of the solar system,  has been described as the largest ever observed..        

Prof Alan Fitzsimmons

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

Start time 7.30 pm, and we aim to finish at 9.00. There will be an opportunity to stay and chat for a few minutes after the end of the formal meeting if you want to. The Zoom link will be sent to all Club members and also to recipients of our guest bulletins. If you are on neither list you can request a Zoom link by emailing us no later than 4 pm on the day of the meeting.

Not familiar with Zoom? If you contact us in good time, we may be able to help. Email us or (except on the day of the lecture) ring Peter on 089-2004553.

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