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TOP ASTRONOMER TO LECTURE IN ARMAGH AND BALLYROBERT

Armagh Observatory, 10 January 2001:
Dr John W. Mason, past President of the British Astronomical Association, will visit Armagh and Ballyrobert (County Antrim) on 25 and 26 January at the invitation of the Armagh Observatory and the East Antrim Astronomical Society to deliver two public lectures on astronomy.

The first lecture: "The Birth, Life and Death of Stars and Planets", will take place at 8.00 p.m. in the Rotunda Lecture Theatre, St. Patrick's Trian, Armagh, on Thursday 25 January. The second, entitled: "Robot Explorers of the Planets", will begin at 8.00 p.m. in the Ballylinney Presbyterian Church Hall, Ballyrobert, on Friday 26 January. The lectures, which are free, are held under the auspices of the Armagh Observatory and the East Antrim Astronomical Society.

Dr Mason is a greatly sought after public speaker with an international reputation as an enthusiastic and entertaining communicator of science. He has travelled extensively in the UK and overseas, notably chasing total solar eclipses and exceptional meteor showers, and observing the polar aurora or Northern Lights. He is a founding Trustee and Honorary Treasurer of the South Downs Planetarium Trust, which is building a 100-seater Planetarium and Science Centre in Chichester, West Sussex. In the course of his work he has made numerous appearances on radio and television, produced a large number of television series and documentaries, and published many technical papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He has appeared more than a dozen times with Patrick Moore on the BBC TV Series "The Sky at Night", most recently in May 2000.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John McFarland at the Armagh Observatory (Tel.: 028-3752-2928, FAX: 028-3752-7174) or John McConnell at the East Antrim Astronomical Society (Tel./FAX: 028-9261-9936).

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