The Diurnals

Contributed by Pat Larkin

The DIURNALS is a friendly group which meets during the daytime on the third Tuesday of the month February-December.


To provide an opportunity for meetings during the DAYTIME.

To disseminate knowledge on various facets of astronomy and related fields, together with Space Exploration, in an informal environment.

To foster enjoyment of the subject matter with kindred spirits, and to encourage newer members who may show an interest in a particular area.

There are no pre-requisites and you don't have to be a mathematics or physics genius! Just come with a desire to learn.  Most months, we have a guest speaker, and talks given cover a wide range of astronomical fields and space exploration. Occasionally, a film is shown followed by discussion if desired.   Two or three times a year, we will have an excursion to another facility, e.g., Swinburne University, Melbourne Planetarium or a Science facility. 



TIME:                      10.30 a.m.   - 12.15 p.m.

VENUE:                  ASV LODGE, BURWOOD



 TOPIC:                    "GALILEO -  HIS LIFE AND TIMES"

John will follow a scientific journey focussing on Galileo's life.  Presentation will draw details from an exhibition in Rome, for the International Year of Astronomy in 2009 - the 400th anniversary of Galileo's astronomical observations.  We will learn of Galileo's early working life teaching at Pisa University where he developed the theory of the pendulum and his 'law of falling bodies', and the move to Padua University attracted by its academic freedom.  His research in Florence will be covered together with his final years of house arrest in Florence. 


Members might bring along a cut lunch and stay following the presentation.  This is always a good chance to speak further with our speaker and enjoy being with kindred spirits.

For enquiries:   Phone Pat  Larkin    0400 457 342