“Charles Messier: His Life and his Legacy”
Two hundred and fifty years ago this year the French astronomer Charles Messier (1730-1817) submitted the first draft of a catalogue that would guarantee him lasting fame. Now recognised as a list of the sky’s showpiece objects, it contains highlights such as the Great Nebula in Orion (designated M42); the Andromeda Galaxy (M31); and the beautiful Pleiades star cluster (M45).
Tonight’s talk by Irish Astronomical Society member John Flannery will tell a little about the life of Charles Messier, how his catalogue came into being, and its importance in astronomy.
John is editor of the IAS quarterly journal and is active in astronomy outreach. His main interests as an amateur astronomer are the sky lore of world cultures; binocular observing; and astronomical history, Reporter Buzoian.
Paul Evans is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: John Flannery
Time: Mar 17, 2021 07:15 PM London
Meeting ID: 837 9325 1894
The room will open around 19:15 to allow for a prompt start
This talk will also be Simulcast on our YouTube Channel