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From: TerryMosel@aol.com
Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2002 16:24:17 EST
Subject: TV Progs & Lecture by Sir Martin Rees

Hi all,

1. The next in the "Edge of the Universe" Series on Channel 4 is on Monday 
14th at 21.00 - 22.00. It's titled "Killers in Space", and looks at asteroids 
& comets in the SS.

2. There's a repeat of the very good documentary "Challenger - Go For 
Launch", about the 1986 Shuttle disaster, 21.00 to 21.50, BBC2, Tuesday 15th. 
Worth seeing if you missed it first time.

3. Friday 18th January 01:05 am (repeat?) (usually broadcast at 00.30am on 
BBC2 on the first Friday of the month);  "Final Frontier" features:
 
 The Tagish Lake Meteorite; Space Now; Britain's priorities in space; Nik 
Szymanek - astrophotographer; European Space Agency's astronomical detector; 
Virtual Planetarium.  
More details: 
http://www.open2.net/science/finalfrontier/tv/this_month/tv_page2.htm

4. The Inaugural McCrea Lecture: "Exploding Stars, Black Holes and Cosmic 
Dark Matter" will be given by Sir Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, on Tuesday, 
12 March 2002 @ 7.30 pm in the MacNeill Theatre, Hamilton Building, Trinity 
College, Dublin 2

If you would like to come, please contact me (Ruth Hegarty) for (free) 
tickets. 

Further information: Sir Martin Rees, current Astronomer Royal, is a graduate 
of Trinity College, Cambridge. He has contributed to our current 
understanding of galaxies, quasars, black holes, and the evolution of the 
universe.
   After early researches in the UK and the US he became a professor first at 
Sussex University and then at Cambridge, where he was also, for nine years, 
Director of the Institute of Astronomy. He has been a Royal Society Research 
Professor since 1992, the same year in which he was knighted. He has held 
visiting positions at leading centres around the world, and is an honorary 
member of the National Academies of the US and Russia, and of the Pontifical 
Academy of Sciences. He is actively involved in science policy, overseas as 
well as in the UK. 
   He became Astronomer Royal in 1995 and was strongly opposed to the 
government's decision to terminate, after more than 300 years, the proud 
scientific tradition of the Royal Greenwich Observatory. In addition to his 
extensive researches, Rees lectures and writes extensively for general 
audiences. His books within the last five years include 'Gravity's Fatal 
Attraction: Black Holes in the Universe', 'Before the Beginning', and 'Just 
Six Numbers'.

Ruth Hegarty, Administrative Officer, Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, 
Dublin 2, Ireland.
Switchboard: 00 353 1 6762570; Fax: 00 353 1 6762346; Direct Dial: 00 353 1 
6380918; E-Mail: r.hegarty@ria.ie; Website: www.ria.ie

Enjoy!

Terry Moseley.

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