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From: TerryMosel@aol.com
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2003 19:13:51 EDT
Subject: Major events

Hi all,

Some events of note!

1. Prof Bill Napier (Armagh & Cardiff) asked me to pass this on:

   "Hi Terry, - On Monday coming (28th July) at 11 a.m. Margaret and Geoff 
Burbidge will be at the [Armagh] Observatory and Margaret will be giving a talk 
on "Quasars". The Burbidges are world-class astronomers (with Hoyle and 
Fowler, they co-authored one of the seminal scientific papers of the 20th century, on the 
synthesis of elements in stars, which led directly to a Nobel Prize for one of 
their group). They've pioneered the study of quasars and are still highly 
active in the field. They both believe there are phenomena connected with quasars 
which can't be understood in conventional terms and which point to the 
operation of "new physics" -- another Nobel Prize in the making, if they prove to be 
right. Margaret is an observational astronomer and I expect her talk will be 
concerned with these unexplained aspects of the quasar phenomenon. Geoff is a 
former director of Kitt Peak Observatory, Margaret of the Royal Greenwich 

   Given the above, I felt that some of the amateurs might be interested to 
hear Margaret Burbidge's talk, and Mark agrees. Can you spread the word of the 
forthcoming talk to the mad fanatics who seem to congregate around you?

   Best regards, Bill" 

[At least he was diplomatic enough to refer to you lot as the mad fanatics, 
not me....
I would suggest you contact the Observatory if you intend to go, so they know 
the numbers to expect. There is only limited space, so there's no guarantee 
that you can get in unless you 'book a place'. Terry]

2. Prof Mark Bailey (Armagh) asked me to pass on these details:

A.  The Royal Irish Academy (RIA) McCrea Lecture will be given by Wendy
Freedman, Director of the Carnegie Observatories, on Monday 15 and Tuesday

16 September;  15 September in Academy House, Dublin, and 16 September in
Queen's University Belfast.  Title to be confirmed.  Please put it in your
diaries and mention it to anyone that you think might be interested.  The
RIA will send out promotional material late August/early September.  
Contact details as follows:

Ruth Hegarty
Royal Irish Academy / Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann
19 Dawson Street,
Dublin 2,

Switchboard:        00 353 1 6762570
Fax:            00 353 1 6762346
Direct Dial:        00 353 1 6380918
E-Mail:            r.hegarty@ria.ie
Website:        www.ria.ie

B. The next ASGI Meeting will be held in Maynooth, Friday 19 September.  
The local organizer is Creidhe O'Sullivan:

Créidhe O'Sullivan              |  e-mail: creidhe.osullivan@may.ie
Dept. of  Physics               |  Tel:  +353-1-7083953
NUI Maynooth                    |  Fax: +353-1-7083313
Maynooth, Co. Kildare           |  http://www.may.ie/academic/physics/

N.B. The ASGI meeting is a Professional-level meeting, with very technical 
papers, so is not suitable for your average amateur! But the Irish Astronomical 
Association is a member of ASGI, so any of our members are entitled to attend. 
You should let Créidhe O'Sullivan  know if you intend to go, so that they 
know how many to expect.

Clear Skies,

Terry Moseley

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