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From: TerryMoselaol.com
Date: 12 September 2006 20:15:01 BDT
Subject: IAA at GLF; First IAA meeting; Saharan Stargazing; WSP; 60th Anniversary

Hi all,

IAA at WWT. The highly successful annual Green Living Fair will be
held at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Castle Espie, Comber, Co Down, on
Sat 16 & Sun 17 September. The theme is all about sustainability
& minimising our environmental impact on the Earth.  The IAA will have
a stand there, promoting the themes of: Earth as a planet, Greenhouse
effect (Venus as an example), comparison with other planets e.g. Venus &
Mars, energy from other SS bodies, light pollution, solar energy, solar
effects on climate, atmospheric phenomena (aurorae, meteors rainbows
etc), & anything else in astronomy & space related to the theme. 
We'll have telescopes on display, a solar oven or two, DVDS, & other
exhibition material. Come along & help out, or just to see. If you come
by bicycle, you get in free!  For further details see:

2. FIRST IAA MEETING OF NEW SEASON: The first meeting of the Irish
Astronomical Association's new season will be on Wed 20 September, 7.30
p.m., Stranmillis College, Belfast. Dr Lars Lindberg Christensen, head
of the ESA section on the Hubble Space Telescope, will be giving us an
illustrated talk on the achievements and future of this remarkable
instrument - not to be missed! (Thanks to Robert Hill of Armagh
Planetarium for helping lay on this lecture.) Free admission, including
light refreshments. All are welcome. See http://www.irishastro.org

 3. Anyone interested in viewing the Orionid meteors from clear dark
skies might like to check this out:

"An opportunity to see this year's Orionids from the Sahara Desert.
Please forward to anyone who may be interested in joining us:


Mario Di Maggio Planetarium Manager & Secretary: British Association of
Planetaria Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum, Millennium Point, Curzon
Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG e: mario.di.maggiothinktank.ac, 
w: www.thinktank.ac, t: +44-(0)-121 202 2222 f: +44-(0)-121 202 2320
Registered charity no. 1061898

4.  Don't forget the one and only Whirlpool Star Party, organised as
usual by Shannonside Astronomy Club, held in Birr, Co Offaly, from
Friday evening 29 September to Sunday afternoon 1 October. Details on
www.shannonsideastronomy.com  I attach a list of accommodation in RTF format, 
to keep it 'clean'. Please let me know if there are
any errors, or feel free to comment on any places that you think are not
up to scratch.

5. Advance notice: the IAA will be holding a special 60th anniversary
event on Friday 13 October (no, of course we're not superstitious! Think
of it as "1101" in Binary notation, or "15" in Octal notation, if it
worries you!).  There will be a special presentation show for us at
the Planetarium, using their fantastic new Digistar 3 projector,
followed by a special dinner at the Charlemont Arms Hotel in Armagh.
Provisional start time at the Planetarium is 18.30.  Visitors will be
welcome, if there are any seats left after members have booked for
themselves & partners.  Total cost is likely to be around £20.  Keep
your diary free - more details later.

Clear Skies,
Terry Moseley


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