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From: TerryMoselat signaol.com
Date: 11 December 2007 01:47:08 GMT
Subject: Comet Holmes, Lecture

Hi all,

1. COMET HOLMES: On the way back from the IYA meeting (more on this
later), and the AI lecture, in Dublin, Miruna Popescu & I stopped at a
dark site North of Newry in a lovely clear transparent sky, for a look
at P/Holmes. Amazing! It was easily visible to the unaided eye, a huge
elongated misty patch - almost like the Small Magellanic Cloud, but not
so big or bright. But it was both brighter & bigger that the Double
Cluster in Perseus - about a magnitude brighter, I would say, and much
bigger than the Moon. In my 10x50 binocs ( 11.99 from Lidl, and very
good images!) it was an amazing, almost surreal, sight! We also saw a
nice early Geminid, magnitude -1, low down in the North below UMa,
though the car windscreen.

2.  IAA LECTURE: The next public lecture hosted by the IRISH
ASTRONOMICAL ASSOCIATION will be on Wed 12 December, at 7.30 p.m., by Dr
Lorraine Hanlon of UCD. The title is "Observing Gamma-Ray Bursts and
their Afterglows", and promises to be yet another fascinating talk by
one of the leading researchers in this field. VENUE: The Bell Lecture
Theatre, Physics Building, main campus, Queen's University, Belfast.
Admission free, and all are welcome.        Since it's the last meeting
before Xmas, seasonal refreshments will be provided free, as usual by
the one & only Derwen. Don't miss.....

Clear skies,

Terry Moseley


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