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From: TerryMosel@aol.com
Date: Mon, 2 Dec 2002 14:26:30 EST
Subject: Public Lecture, Dublin, + + +

Hi all,

Public lecture, in association with the Radio Science symposium on 'Wireless
Networking'. All welcome

Title:   'Jodrell Bank Looks to a Bright Future'
Name:    Ian Morison.
From:    Jodrell Bank Observatory.
Venue:   Royal Irish Academy
Date:    4 December 2002
Time:    6.30pm
RSVP:    g.mclean@ria.ie

With Investments totalling 10 million pounds to upgrade the giant 76m Lovell
Telescope and greatly enhance the capabilities of the 217 MERLIN array, the
Jodrell Bank Observatory is looking forwards to an exciting future.  The
MERLIN enhancement, using optical fibres to link the 7 telescopes of the
array also makes possible the exciting prospect of incorporating one or more
new radio telescopes in Ireland.

For further information please contact g.mclean@ria.ie or go to
Rebecca Gageby
Administrative Officer
Royal Irish Academy
19 Dawson St
Dublin 2

Tel:         676 2570 / 638 0916
Fax:        676 2346
email:        r.gageby@ria.ie
Website:        www.ria.ie

Royal Irish Academy / Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann
Promoting study in the sciences and humanities since 1785

Also, Reminders about:

1. The ISS & Space Shuttle are currently visible in the early evening skies
over Ireland. Details at www.heavens-above.com

2.   Mars & Venus will be closest this week, with a minimum separation of 1.6
degrees, on 5 December. Venus reaches greatest brilliancy, at -4.7, only two
days later, so it will totally outshine the much fainter Mars - by a factor
of over 200!

3. A rare and interesting Jovian 'mutual satellite event' will occur on the
evening of 5 December, when Europa will partially eclipse Io, from 23h 55m 9s
to 24h 00m 38s. If you carefully compare Io's brightness with that of Europa
before the event, and then at mid-eclipse, you should see the drop in
brightness. From E to W the relative positions will be: Europa, Io, Jupiter,
Callisto and Ganymede. Any telescope will show this event, and there are
other better ones to come later on - more details later.

Clear Skies,

Terry Moseley

From: TerryMosel@aol.com
Date: Mon, 2 Dec 2002 20:10:20 EST
Subject: ISS & Shuttle Double!

Hi all,

The Shuttle Endeavour (STS 113) has now undocked from the ISS, and for the 
next two evenings it may be possible to see them both flying in formation, 
with their separation gradually increasing on each orbit, until the Shuttle 
lands again on Wednesday.

The details below are for Belfast: subtract about 5 to 10 minutes from these 
times the further South and West you are from Belfast, but the RELATIVE times 
between the Shuttle & ISS should remain about the same. And the further South 
you are the higher both objects will appear in the sky.

The columns give the date, time (h, m, s) & direction of first visibility, 
and time & direction & altitude of greatest altitude, and greatest magnitude, 
from Belfast:

3 Dec: 18.32.15, SW; 18 34 30, S, 27 deg, 0m.5
4 Dec: 17.37.31, SSW; 17.40.04, SSE, 22deg, 0m.7
4 Dec: 19.12.47, WSW; 19.13.57, WSW, 20 deg, 1m.6.

3 Dec: 18.32.30, SW; 18.34.43, S, 27 deg, 1m.0
4 Dec: 17.37.52; SSW; 17.40.23, SSE, 22 deg, 1m.2
4 Dec: 19.13.09, WSW; 19.14.15, WSW, 19 deg, 2m.1.

You can see that on the 3rd, the Shuttle will be about 15 secs ahead of the 
ISS; by the 4th, the interval will have increased to about 20 secs.

Observers in the far South will have the best view: from there both objects 
will be higher, brighter, and visible for longer.

Good luck,

Terry Moseley

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