2016 schedule

Sun 11:45-12:15
Venue: 
Theatre 104

SKJELLERUP and the COMETS

Ian Sullivan

ASV and MPAS

Frank Skjellerup was born in Victoria, but spent over 20 years of his adult life in Capetown, South Africa, where he worked as a telegraphist. There, he became an avid amateur astronomer, independently discovering five comets including P/ Grigg-Skjellerup. 

After he returned to Australia in 1923, he found Skjellerup-Maristany in 1927, which gathered much media acclaim, and De Kock-Skjellerup in 1941. He was fortunate in that he found a short-period comet of period 5 years, and two others of naked-eye brightness!

He joined the ASV in 1933, served as its President (1942-4) and, as a Life Member, was also involved in work on variable stars until his death in 1952.