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From: TerryMosel@aol.com
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2002 17:24:08 EST
Subject: Xmas cheer, SAN, Geminids

Hi all,

Just a final reminder about the last IAA meeting before Xmas, on Wed 11 Dec, 
7.30 p.m., Lecture Room 5, Stranmilllis College, Belfast. Robert Hill from 
Armagh Planetarium will speak on "The History of Space Exploration". 
Admission is FREE, and there will be FREE seasonal refreshments - Mulled 
Punch, and Mince Pies! How could you beat that?! Also exclusive 600th edition 
of Sky at Night T-shirts for sale!

If you missed the 600th edition of the Sky at Night on Sunday night, it will 
be repeated on Saturday at 11.30 on BBC2. Guest was the Astrononer Royal, Sir 
Martin Rees, with the latest on Cosmology - it was very good, so don't miss 
it again!

And Sir Patrick is to receive another honour on Friday - I have to keep quiet 
about it until then, but many congrats to him in advance!

And don't forget the Geminid meteors, which will peak on the night of 13-14 
December, with rates of about 100 per hour if you observe from a really dark 
site after the Moon sets at about 02.00. Even before then we might see about 
50 per hour in otherwise good conditions. Maybe we'll be lucky with the 
weather - some compensation for the Leonids!

Happy Christmas & New Year to all, with more clear skies than we had in 2002!

Terry Moseley

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