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From: TerryMoselat signaol.com
Date: 9 March 2008 00:46:31 GMT
Subject: IAA Astronomy Evening, Lecture, ATV & Shuttle Launches

Hi all,
1. The Irish Astronomical Association (IAA) will be holding another
public astronomy evening on Friday 14 March at 7.30 for 8 p.m. at
Carnfunnock Country Park, Drains Bay, near Larne, Co Antrim. It's on the
main coast road going north from Larne, about 4 miles from the town. As
usual we will have a good selection of telescopes and binoculars for
viewing the sky, including a spectacular moon, and Saturn. We will also
have the Stardome mobile planetarium, courtesy of Armagh Planetarium,
and talks and displays of astronomy items, and Derek Heatly's
presentation of space memorabilia and his forthcoming spaceflight. So
there will be something for everyone, even if the sky is cloudy. IAA
members bringing telescopes or binoculars get in free, so come along
with whatever portable equipment you have for a good night's observing
and/or outreach.

2. The next IAA public lecture will be at 7.30 p.m. on Wed 19 March, by
the renowned Prof Ian Robson. Title: "Active Galactic Nuclei and
Supermassive Black Holes", which promises to be a fascinating talk on
some of the most amazing and energetic objects in the universe. Venue:
Bell Lecture Theatre, Queen's University, Belfast. Admission Free,
including light refreshments, and all are welcome.


An Ariane 5 rocket is scheduled to launch the "Jules Verne" ATV, the
first European cargo ship to the International Space Station. Described
as the most advanced spaceship ever built by ESA, the robotic orbital
freighter will blast off from Douro on the Atlantic coast of South
America this weekend to begin a three-week voyage to the International
Space Station. See: link 1
and link 2

4. The seven-strong crew of space shuttle Endeavour have arrived
at Kennedy Space Center Houston to begin final preparations for
Tuesday's blastoff. The launch team then started the countdown as
scheduled. See: link

Clear Skies,
Terry Moseley


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