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From: TerryMoselat signaol.com
Date: 1 November 2007 01:33:1 Nov 2007
Subject: Dave McDonald on Radio, EAAS lecture, Comet Holmes

Hi all,

Sorry for the short notice on this, but I've only just heard about it:

1. Dave McDonald will be doing a review on RTE Radio 1 tomorrow
(Thursday) night with Dave Fanning. He says:  " I'm reviewing the
documentary film "In the Shadow of the Moon".  Brilliant movie by the
way.  For those that miss it, I can post the link to the programme on
the IFAS site.

The movie is released Friday Nov 2nd in IRL and UK (i.e. this coming
Friday) but I don't know which cinemas are showing it other than the IFI
in Dublin and another mainstream cinema in Dublin. "

I don't know what time it's at - no doubt you can check on-line.

2. . The next monthly meeting of the East Antrim Astronomical Society
will take place on Monday 5th November in the Lecture Theatre at
Ballyclare High School, George Avenue (off Rashee Road), Ballyclare, Co.
Antrim, commencing at 8PM. Main Speaker - Dr Miruna Popescu (Armagh
Observatory) (website) Lecture - The Sun: an
exciting introduction 

3. COMET HOLMES: Prof Alan Fitzsimmons of QUB gave
an up-to-the-minute report on Comet 17/P Holmes tonight at the start of
the IAA lecture by Dr Andy McCrea. The comet remains bright, with the
coma expanding in a perfectly circular disc (from our perspective). But
as the total brightness is no longer increasing, even with the increase
in size, that means that the disc must be optically thin, i.e. it's
mainly thinly scattered dust. The brightness is expected to decrease
gradually over the next few weeks. There's no sign of a tail, and none
would be expected, as if there is one, it will be pointing directly away
from Earth.  BUT - there is a chance that there might be another
outburst! This happened some weeks after the outburst in 1892, during
which the comet was discovered. This was not quite as bright as the
original outburst, but it's still worth looking out for. And no, they
still don't know what caused either this, or the original, outburst!

Clear Skies, Terry Moseley


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