A. David Andrews



Who is A. David Andrews?

A. David Andrews is an Irish astronomer. He discovered 1727 Mette whilst at the Boyden Observatory, located in Maselspoort, just outside of Bloemfontein, South Africa. Later he was active at the Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland.

The Boyden Observatory was created by Harvard University in 1889 in Arequipa, Peru, using Uriah A. Boyden's bequest to Harvard. The observation conditions were not very good and Arequipa was situated in very inaccessible terrain. The decision was made to move the Observatory. In 1927 Boyden Observatory moved across continents to its present location in South Africa. In 1976 the Observatory was handed over to the University of the Orange Free State.

In Burnham's Celestial Handbook the peculiar subgiant late F-type star GC 7066 was named "Andrews' Star" after Andrews who characterized this enigmatic variable star. This was a discovery made in his, partially, collaborative work on flare stars and solar flares.


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on July 23, 2013