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From: TerryMoselaol.com
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2006 15:49:09 EST
Subject: Lectures, TV, Mercury

Hi all,
1. LECTURE: The next IAA public lecture will be by Robert Hill of Armagh  
Planetarium, well known throughout these Isles and further afield as a tireless  
and enthusiastic ambassador for public outreach in astronomy, space  
exploration and research, and of course promoting and encouraging the use of the  
Faulkes Telescope by schools and amateur astronomers.
   He will give an update on the major developments at Armagh  Planetarium, 
and the latest on using the Faulkes 2m Telescope.
   It will be on Wed 22 February, 7.30 p.m., Lecture Room 5,  Stranmillis 
College, Belfast. Admission is free, and all are welcome.
2. INAUGURAL PUBLIC LECTURE:  Professor Alan Fitzsimmons will  give his 
inaugural professorial public lecture as follows: "Asteroids and  Comets: Worlds of 
Fire and Ice", Thursday 23 February, 5 p.m., Larmor Lecture  Theatre, Physics 
Building, Queen's University, Belfast. Admission free.  

3.  BBC4 TV, Mon 21 Feb., 19.05, BBC Four: The first in a series  of Sky at 
Night programmes covering atmospheric activity, i.e. the weather on  Earth and 
in space, and on planets elsewhere in the solar system. 
4. MERCURY: The 'mini evening star', is now very well placed for  
observation. Start looking from about 35-40 minutes after local  sunset. On Tuesday 21 
Feb. at about 6.30 p.m. it will be  magnitude -0.8, which is brighter than any 
star except Sirius, and just South of  West, and about 8 degrees above the 
horizon, as seen from Belfast  & Dublin. If you are much further W, wait about 10 
minutes for the same  circumstances to apply. 
   To locate it, follow the line from Alpha Persei through Gamma  Andromedae 
(the nearest one to Perseus in the line of 3) down to the horizon. 
   Or find Rigel in Orion, and then turn exactly 90 degrees  to your right, 
and look about 1/3 as high above the horizon as Rigel. Next night  it will be 
in approximately the same position, but over the next few evenings it  will 
move slightly higher, and slightly further to the left, of those  directions.
   Binoculars will help you find it; once located it  should just be visible 
to the unaided eye.
Clear Skies,
Terry  Moseley


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