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From: TerryMoselaol.com
Date: Sat, 1 Oct 2005 18:34:32 EDT
Subject: TV, Irish SN confirmation, Eclipse, Lecture

Hi all,
1. The next Sky at Night is imminent:   "The Planets" with Chris Lintott & 
Sir Patrick Moore  

Sunday, 2 Oct 12.10am  BBC 1
Monday, 3 Oct. 8.30pm. BBC4 (repeat)
Saturday, 8 Oct BBC2 ( repeat)- see R.Times
(Thanks to Peter Paice for the above info.)
2. Irish observer confirms supernova  discovery!
Congratulations to Dave McDonald of Kildare Astronomy Club who has been  
credited with the confirmatory CCD image of a supernova discovery in an  external 
galaxy! And he used relatively modest equipment: the confirmation  image, at 
magnitude 17.9, was taken with a Meade DSI ($300)  (unfiltered) and an 8" 
Celestron SCT operating at F6.3 with a focal reducer - it  was unguided on an 
Astrophysics 1200 GTO mount! Not bad for an 8" reflector in  Ireland (Celbridge, to 
be precise).  Here are the relevant details  from the CBAT:
   Electronic Telegram No. 238
Central Bureau for Astronomical  Telegrams
M.S. 18, Smithsonian  Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge, MA 02138,  U.S.A.
IAUSUBSCFA.HARVARD.EDU or FAX 617-495-7231  (subscriptions)
URL http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/iau/cbat.html 

SUPERNOVA  2005ep IN UGC 10626
Further to IAUC 8605, T. Puckett  and M. Peoples report the discovery of an 
apparent supernova (mag 18.0) on an  unfiltered CCD frame taken with the 0.60-m 
automated supernova patrol telescope  on Sept. 30.05 UT.  The new object was 
confirmed at mag 17.9 on an image  taken by D. McDonald, Celbridge, Ireland, 
with a 0.2-m reflector on Sept.  30.8.  SN 2005ep is located at R.A. = 
16h56m35s.49, Decl. = +58o01'30".2  (equinox 2000.0), which is 2".7 east and 12".7 
south of the center of UGC  10626.  Nothing is present at this location on images 
taken by Puckett on  Sept. 6, 9, 11, and 18 (limiting mag about 20.0)."
Well done Dave - a credit to you & to Irish amateur astronomy! (Next  time, 
you be the discoverer!).
3. ECLIPSE: Don't forget the large partial solar eclipse on Monday morning,  
starting at about 08.50 - details already sent. The IAA will be holding a 
public  eclipse watch in Botanic Gardens, beside the Ulster Museum, commencing at 
08.50.  The BBC will be there at that time to do an Outside Broadcast. 
4. PUBLIC LECTURE: Irish Astronomical Association will be holding a  Public 
Lecture by Dr Patrick  McCafferty,  Queen's University, entitled "Comets in 
Irish  Myth", 7.30 p.m, Room 5, Stranmillis College. Admission  Free ."

Clear Skies,
Terry Moseley


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