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From: TerryMoselaol.com
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2005 20:01:47 EDT

Hi all,

1. Mars, rising in the East in the late evenings, is now the  brightest 
'star' for British & Irish observers, as Venus is barely  observable low in evening 
twilight, and Sirius is not visible. It's  magnitude -0.8, almost a magnitude 
brighter than Arcturus, Vega or  Capella. Ignore the various email 'hoaxes' 
currently circulating about  Mars, saying that it will be at its closest for 
tens of thousands of years,  'as big and bright as the Moon', etc. Some of the 
info therein relates to the  record-breaking 2003 close approach, but has been 
repeated for 2005, often  grossly distorted or exaggerated.
   It WILL appear quite bright and close in late October and  early November, 
but nowhere near as bright as in 2003. But it will be a lot  higher up in our 
sky, presenting a better object for telescopic viewing. 
2. T.V. Tue, 23 Aug, 
7.00pm, BBC2 TV: Light Fantastic with Simon Schaffer - Galileo to Newton  
8.30pm, BBC2 TV: What the Ancients Did for Us - the Aztec, Maya and  Inca.

3.    3-10 Sep,  Dublin: The BA Festival of Science  brings 400 of the best 
scientists and science communicators to reveal the latest  developments in 
research to a general audience. You can obtain tickets for  single events or full 
days or the full week.
There are various  astronomy & related events.    
There are also special programmes for young people (8-12yrs and 12-19yrs)  
and for families.
See  www.the-ba.net/the-ba/Events/FestivalofScience for the programme 
and  booking.

4.    NEW BOOK on IRISH SCIENCE - To mark the BA  Festival, the RDS has 
published a 294-page review 'Science and Ireland - Value  for Society'. The twelve 
chapters, written by distinguished experts, give a  snapshots of various 
aspects of Irish Science.  Festival attendees can  obtain copies at 20euro instead 
of the normal price of 30euro.
See  www.the-ba.net

5.     DUNSINK OBSERVATORY - the deadline for submissions is Friday, 26  
Fingal County Council has invited submissions for a  study of the future of 
the area surrounding Dunsink Observatory. The area is  bounded by the M50, the 
Dublin-Maynooth railway line and the Ratoath Road.  Submissions should be sent 
to Mr Peter Tuck, Senior Executive  Officer,  Planning Department, Fingal 
County Council, Swords, or emailed to  devplanfingalcoco.ie on or before Friday, 
26 August.
See  DunsinkTolkaValleyStudy 

Clear Skies,
Terry Moseley


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