Date: 11 April 2008 01:02:30 BST
Subject: Astronomy Evening, AGM, Space Scholarship
1. IAA ASTRONOMY EVENING, MOUNT STEWART, GREYABBEY, CO DOWN, Sat 12 April. The Irish Astronomical Association will be holding another public astronomy evening with telescopes, talks, exhibition, and a portable planetarium at the National Trust's Mount Stewart House near Greyabbey, Co Down. We start at 8.0 p.m., so have your telescopes etc ready by then. IAA members bringing telescopes or binoculars get in free; otherwise standard NT admission charges apply. All welcome. See www.irishastro.org for more details.
2. IAA AGM + 'Bring & Buy'. The Irish Astronomical Association's AGM will be held on Wednesday 16 April at 7.30 p.m. in the Bell Lecture Theatre, Physics Building, Queen's University, Belfast. All members are welcome, and visitors too, although only members can partake in the official business.
We will combine it with an astronomical and space 'Bring & Buy' sale, to start immediately after the official business. So bring along all your old or spare astronomy or space items - eyepieces, filters, finders, adapters, photo items, IT items, binocs, tripods, telescopes, mounts, accessories, books, magazines, videos, CDs, DVDs, posters, photos, meteorites, space memorabilia, and anything else that might be of interest. And bring along plenty of cash, as you never know what bargains might be there for the taking. Bring along a biro or two and plenty of 'Post-It' notes to price your items, and a few plastic bags to help your customers stagger away with their heavy loads! Also a separate price-list just to be sure. The IAA will not be responsible for any of the items on sale, so it's up to you to look after them. This is not like a 'car-boot sale' - there's no charge to bring along your items, and the IAA will not be taking any 'cut' from the sales: we are doing this just as a service to the astronomical community.
To allow room for everyone, we'll also use the front row of desks, as well as the lecture counter at the front, and maybe a table or two. So get there early to get the best space!
Everyone is welcome to attend, and admission is free, including light refreshments afterwards, but of course only current IAA members can vote on any Association business.
3. New Irish Scholarship for Space Studies
The new "Gogarty Scholarship" for the International Space University has been formally launched in "The Oliver St John Gogarty" pub, Temple Bar, Dublin. The evening was hosted by well-known local space expert and broadcaster, Leo Enright. Senator David Norris, a Joycean scholar, enthusiastically welcomed this innovative scholarship, which is backed by Dublin business man Martin Keane.
Associate Professor of Space Science Dr Hugh Hill from the International Space University (formerly an IAA member while he worked at Armagh Planetarium), also warmly welcomed this excellent educational opportunity.
See the link below for the details, and the application form. Note the deadlines for applications:
• Space Studies Program (SSP): April 30, 2008
• M.Sc. in Space Studies (MSS) and M.Sc. in Space Management (MSM): June 30, 2008
Good luck to anyone who applies.