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From: TerryMoselaol.com
Date: Sun, 5 Sep 2004 19:35:34 EDT
Subject: Solar Day, Space Art, ASGI, Armagh Obs, WSP, RIA, IAA + !

Hi all,

Some reminders + some new items:

1.  The next IAA Solar Day will be at Mount Stewart, the lovely National 
Trust House & Garden on the Ards peninsula, on Sat 11 September, from 14.00 to 
about 17.00. We will have a variety of filtered telescopes, including Coronados, 
large binoculars, projection systems etc, to show the Sun in all its glory - 
and it has been active again recently, with a big spot now on view.
   We also hope to have a live science show, and Derek Heatly will be there 
with his excellent collection of meteorites & space memorabilia, his near-space 
adventure photographs & video, and the latest news on his planned sub-orbital 
flight into actual space!
   Members bringing telescopes or filtered binocs get in free, others pay the 
normal National Trust admission charges, so bring appropriate equipment!

2. SPACE ART EXHIBITION, Ards Art Centre, Newtownards, Co Down: 6th September 
- 21st October. Robert T. McCall (Main Gallery) 
Known as the world's premier space artist, octogenarian Robert McCall from 
Arizona,USA, has painted murals for NASA, EPCOT Centre in Disney world, and the 
Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum.   McCall has created 
artwork for Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and for Star Wars and Star 
Trek: The Motion Picture.  Examples of the variety of McCall's work can be 
seen in this exhibition at Ards Arts Centre.  McCall will be in Northern Ireland 
to launch the exhibition and to talk about the work at Ards Arts Centre.   
(I've seen a few examples, and they are amazing - well worth a visit! T.M.)

3. The Autumn meeting of ASGI, The Astronomical Science Group of Ireland, 
will be held in Lecture Theatre C, Science Block, UCD, Belfield, Dublin, on 
Friday 10 September, from 10.00 to about 17.30. It will be followed by a meeting on 
ARTI (A Radio Telescope for Ireland), currently planned for the Demesne at 
Birr Castle. The The Irish Astronomical Association is affiliated to ASGI, so 
all members are entitled to attend the meeting free of charge, but please note 
that this is a professional-level meeting, and not suitable for the average 
amateur! Details at star.arm.ac.uk/asgi

4. Armagh Observatory has an exhibition entitled "Routes to Roots", marking 
the UK & Ireland Archive Awareness Campaign, from 6 - 11 September. On display 
will be some fascinating & rarely-seen archival material relating to 
personalities at the Observatory over its 215 year history. It's open, free to the 
public, from 11.00 -12.00, and 15.00 - 16.00 from Mon-Fri 6th to 10th, and on Sat 
11th from 10.00 - 17.00. In fact the Observatory will have a general 'Open 
Day' on Sat 11th, marking European Heritage Open Day.

5.  Don't forget the always excellent Whirlpool Star Party at Birr on 17-19 
September. Details at: www.geocities.com/shannonsideac/

6. On 22 September The Royal Irish Academy will host a lecture by Nobel 
Laureate Prof Leon Lederman, entitled "The Search for Simplicity in the Universe", 
at 19.00 in the Burke Lecture Theatre, TCD. Admission is free, but by ticket 
only: book on www.ria.ie/events/lederman/html

7. On the same evening (22 Sep) the Irish Astronomical Association opens its 
new lecture season with "The Ronnie Ormonde Memorial Lecture". This will be a 
talk by Prof Mark Bailey, Director of Armagh Observatory, entitled "The Origin 
of Comets and the Oort Cloud". It's at 19.30, in Lecture Room 5, Stranmillis 
College, Belfast. Admission is free, including light refreshments, and all are 

8. Advance Notice of the Robinson Lecture, hosted by Armagh Observatory. It 
will be held in The Studio Theatre, The Market Place, Armagh, on Friday 26 
November, at 19.30. It will be given by Prof Joceylyn Bell Burnell, formerly from 
Portadown, and a past President of the Royal Astronomical Society, and Dean of 
Science at the University of Bath. The title is "Tick, Tick, Tick, Pulsating 
Star, How We Wonder What You Are!" and will look at the latest findings on 
pulsars, and as Jocelyn was the discoverer of pulsars, she is uniquely qualified 
to talk about them! Admission is free, but by ticket only: contact Aileen 
McKee ambnarm.ac.uk to book a ticket.

Clear Skies,

Terry Moseley.


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