2011 - Astronomy : "Chinese star charts" by Jean-Marc Bonnet-Bidaud
Dr Jean-Marc Bonnet-Bidaud will present his work on Chinese star charts the 6th and 7th of September at the Alliance Française and at Dunsink Observatory
Jean-Marc Bonnet-Bidaud is an astrophysicist at the Astrophysical Department of the French Atomic Energy Commission (C.E.A.), a specialist in high energy astrophysics and in the study of highly condensed stars in the Galaxy (white dwarfs, neutrons stars and black holes).
He is involved in several international collaborations to search, locate and study new sources of X-rays and gamma-rays in the Galaxy by means of space astronomy. He is currently taking part in scientific programs, using the European satellites XMM (X-ray Multiple mirror Mission, XMM) and INTEGRAL (International Gamma-ray Astrophysics Laboratory).
Jean-Marc Bonnet-Bidaud has also a deep interest in the history and popularization of astronomy. He is at present the scientific adviser of the French astronomy magazine "Ciel et Espace". He has published numerous articles in different magazines and newspapers and was also the author of different television programs.
He is currently carrying out research works on the roots of astronomy in Africa and China. After publishing results concerning the rate of star explosions in the Galaxy and the colour change of the star Sirius deduced from historical Chinese reports, he is now involved in a systematic study of the oldest Chinese star charts to evaluate their scientific content.
Presentation at the Alliance Française of Dublin
Tuesday 6th September at 6.30 pm
Presentation in French
Film "Dunhuang star charts" in English
Q&A in French and English
Admission free – RSVP : firstname.lastname@example.org
Presentation at Dunsink observatory
Wednesday 7th September at 8 pm
- a 40 min lecture in English
- a 12-15 min pause, with some refreshments for informal discussion
- a visit to the South Dome and the Grubb Telescope
- With possible observations of the night sky through the Grubb Telescope and others if the weather allows it on that evening.
Admission free, please apply to email@example.com for e-ticket/s on or before Monday 22nd August 2011 (5pm)