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From: TerryMosel@aol.com
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2003 17:29:23 EDT
Subject: Five Coming Astronomy Events

Hi all,

It's getting busy again: Note these events:

Some are really for IAA members only, so if you have not yet joined (shame on 
you), or have lapsed (double shame on you!), - well, come along anyway: if 
you're keen, we won't turn you away!

If any of you don't want to open the Word attachment, let me know, and I'll 
re-send it in plain email text, although there's a table, & it will lose 

Clear skies,


1. SPECIAL IAA VISIT TO ARMAGH PLANETARIUM: Friday 29 August, 7.30 p.m. A special visit to see the superb exhibition of model spacecraft at the Planetarium has been arranged. Normal admission rates apply. This will be your last chance to see the exhibition, as that is the last day! These include International Space Station (scale 1:20); Ariane 5 Launcher (1:10); Mars Express with Beagle 2 (1:4); Smart-1 (1:4); Envisat (1:4); Galileo (1:4); Integral (1:4). Definitely not to be missed! Also Robert Hill will give a short talk to IAA members about the future of the Planetarium, and how we can work together.


2. Telescope Day at the Argory, near Moy, Co Tyrone, Sat 13 September, 2-5 p.m. We have been asked to provide a display of telescopes, with solar observing if clear, at a special event at the National Trust House, The Argory, not far off the M1, near Moy. This is on same day as our first event at WWT at Castle Espie , although it is from 2-5, and WWT is from 8 to late. Would any members in the area – say Armagh, Dungannon, Craigavon etc, who would like to volunteer to help out at this event, particularly if you can bring a telescope! Please contact me asap. Thanks.


3. Provisional Programme 2003-2004


Speaker / Event


6th Sep

"Mars & Stars"; special event, 8 - late; Carnfunnock Country Park, Larne: Stardome, talks, observing etc.

13 Sep

"Telescopes at the Argory", The Argory, Moy, Co Tyrone; 2-5 p.m. - see separate details

13 Sep

"Mars & Stars"; special event, 8 - late; WWT, Castle Espie, Comber, Co Down: Stardome, talks, observing etc.

14 Sep

"Mars & Stars"; special event, 8 - late; WWT, Castle Espie, Comber, Co Down: Stardome, talks, observing etc.

24th Sep

J. Kelly Beattie (Editor, Sky & Telescope)

"A Stone's Throw: Meteorite Transport Between Planets"

8th Oct

Dr Ian Morrison (Jodrell Bank Observatory)

(Latest developments in radio astronomy)

22nd Oct

Derek Heatly

"Ireland's First Space Tourist"

5th Nov

Members night: Jacquie Milligan & xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Bulgarian Observatory Trip; + My Geodesic Observatory

19th Nov

Nigel & Mark Stronge

"Astrophotography on a Budget"

3rd Dec

Dr Lynn Moran (UCD)

(Gamma Ray Bursts)

17th Dec

Terry Moseley

"Aliens: Where Are They?

3rd Jan

Xmas Party - Tudor Cinema, Comber Co Down

7.30 p.m.: Film + Fun more details later

7th Jan

Prof Mark Bailey (Director, Armagh Observatory)

"The Origin of Comets"

21st Jan

Patrick McCafferty

"What if you don't know it's a comet?"

4th Feb

Dr Alan Fitzsimmons (QUB)

"What Happens When An Asteroid Misses?"

18th Feb

Dr Monica Grady (Natural History Museum) TBC

To be confirmed

3rd Mar

Member's Night- Enniskillen School

(School Observing Projects)

16 Mar

Robert Hill (Armagh Planetarium) NB TUESDAY!

(Title tba)

31st Mar

Kevin Nolan (The Planetary Society)

"What Has Astronomy Ever Done For Us?"

14th Apr

Prof Bill Napier (Armagh Obs & Cardiff University)

"Children of the Galaxy"

17 (or 24) Apr

IAA Birr Event, Birr, Co Offaly. 1-day event

Various speakers, + observing evening with 72-inch if clear

28th Apr


+ of course, George Brannan's unmissable video!


All events are in Lecture Room 5, Stranmillis College, Belfast, at 7.30 p.m., unless stated otherwise.

The full printed programme card will be sent out as soon as final remaining details are confirmed; in the meantime, please note dates & venues. NB: there are TWO events on 13 Sep, at 2p.m. & 8 p.m., and there are two successive events at WWT, on 13 & 14 Sep at 8 p.m.


4. SPECIAL MARS EVENTS: Please note particularly the special events at Carnfunnock Country Park, A2 N of Larne, on 6 September, and at WWT, Castle Espie, near Comber, on 13 & 14 September, all from 8 to late. These dates were chosen to give the best chance of observing Mars while it is still big & close, and yet high enough in the sky for reasonable views before midnight. We will have a mobile planetarium, displays, talks, a Martian meteorite (I'm not joking!), and of course observing with a variety of powerful telescopes if clear. These events are open to the public, so we'll need as many members there as possible, with telescopes if possible, but come along & observe and help generally if you can, even if you can't bring a telescope. We'll view other things too, of course, if clear.


5. Please note your diaries for another special event in Birr, mainly, but not exclusively, for all our Southern members, on 17 April (maybe, but unlikely, on 24 April: date TBC asap.) The last one, several years ago, was a great success, and Lord & Lady Rosse are very keen to have us back again. We'll have another selection of excellent speakers, a fun quiz for all, and observing that evening if clear, using the great 72-inch "Leviathan", and other member's telescopes. Provisional start 10.30 or 11.00, ending that evening. More details soon.




Terry Moseley, Tel 9058 7658, or 9083 5392, or 9025 3637(Work), or 07979 300842 (mob), or <terrymosel@aol.com>

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