Professor Mike Burton has recently taken on the Directorship of Armagh Observatory and the Planetarium bringing both bodies under a single management. Prior to this he spent many years in Australia carrying our research into how stars form and the excitation of the interstellar medium in which this occurs. This makes uses the tools of infrared and millimetre-wave astronomy, measuring the spectral signatures arising from the gas and dust in interstellar molecular clouds.
We are very pleased to welcome Prof Burton to the IAA to talk to us about "Explorers of the Galaxy"
With thanks to the Astrophysics Research Centre, QUB, for assistance with this event.
Picture by Bernie Brown