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Stars of Christmas and Mann 29 November 2004

On Friday, 10th December 2004 the Manx Museum Heritage Shop will remain open until 7.30pm for late night Christmas shopping and following this there will be a Public Lecture on the Stars of Christmas in the Lecture Theatre. Why not combine the two events by enjoying a spot of leisurely late night shopping with a glass of mulled wine and mince pie before relaxing in the lecture theatre for a talk presented by well known astronomer, Howard Parkin.

In 2001 as part of the Manx National Heritage Winter lecture programme, Howard Parkin, Public Services Manager at MNH and well known astronomer was asked to do a lecture at the Museum entitled The Manx Night sky, and this included many references to astronomical events and activities. Following the talk, the Chairman of the MNH Trustees at that time, Mr Bernard Caine, invited Howard to return with an update of his findings sometime in the future.

Over recent years, Howard has in his capacity as Press Officer and now Chairman of the Isle of Man Astronomical Society, as well as a part time teacher of Astronomy at the IOM College, managed to find many more links to the subject throughout Manx history.

Manx National Heritage are therefore delighted that Howard will once again be giving a lecture entitled 'Rollageyn y Nollick as Rollageyn Vannin' ('Stars of Christmas & Stars of Mann') at the Museum on Friday, 10th December 2004 commencing at 7.30pm.

This lecture will cover Howard's research into the Star of Bethlehem from a Manx perspective along with a brief review of the work of the IOM Astronomical Society and their observatory at Foxdale.

Howard said:

"I am delighted to be able, once again to share my enthusiasm for the subject of Astronomy with the public, and topically enough it presents me with an opportunity to talk about what might have been seen in Manx Skies at the time of the birth of Jesus, and I thought it would be a nice touch to entitle the lecture in Manx which helps provide the link to what is often regarded as one of mankinds oldest professions."

In recent month there has been an increased amount of interest in the subject both on and off Island, and last summer Manx National Heritage received on loan from NASA, courtesy of ManSat, a Manx based company, a piece of Moonrock which was displayed at the House of Manannan.

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