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2006 Robinson Lecture

Our Enigmatic Sun

Professor Eric Priest

University of St. Andrews

Friday, 24th November 2006 at 7:30 p.m.

The Synod Hall

Abbey Street, Armagh

Poster - 4.3 MB PDF

For centuries mankind in societies such as the ancient Egyptians worshipped the Sun, and today modern observations from space have shown that the Sun is much more puzzling than we realised. Indeed, most of the fundamental properties of the Sun (which have important implications for the rest of astronomy) are not yet understood.

The lecture will introduce you to the main properties of the Sun and will describe many of the modern puzzles, using the latest images and movies. It will also describe a trip the author took to Egypt to watch a solar eclipse, and will describe observations of huge ejections of mass from the Sun and their effects on the Earth.

The Robinson Lecture is held in memory of Archbishop Richard Robinson, founder of Armagh Observatory.

Tickets for the event are free on application to Mrs Aileen McKee, Armagh Observatory, Armagh BT61 9DG
Tel. 028 3752 2928, e-mail: ambnarm.ac.uk

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