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Hi all,

THREE ITEMS:

1. Just another reminder:

12 October: Irish Astronomical Association presents "NIGHT SKY DELIGHTS" at
Carnfunnock Country Park: See the Wonders of the Universe with telescopes and
binoculars! Also a Mobile Planetarium, etc, so come along even if it's
cloudy. 7.30 to 10.00 p.m., Carnfunnock Country Park, Drains Bay, on the A2
just North of Larne, Co. Antrim

There will be a variety of telescopes and large binoculars to view the
wonders of the night sky if it is clear. We can see huge craters and
mountains on the Moon, the beautiful Ringed Planet Saturn, and galaxies,
nebulae, star clusters, giant stars, red stars and beautiful coloured double
stars.

We may also see the International Space Station passing over at 17,500 m.p.h.!

There will also be some talks on astronomy and observing the sky, and special
shows in a mobile planetarium, courtesy of Armagh Planetarium, so come along 
even if it's cloudy. Everyone will be very welcome, but wrap up well for
observing!


2. The RDS Science and Technology Committee in association with Women in
Technology and Science announces a forthcoming lecture by Dr Mary Brück of
Edinburgh.

Dr Mary Brück, formerly of the Institute for Astronomy, University of
Edinburgh, will deliver a public lecture on the life and times of the
celebrated nineteenth century Skibbereen-born historian and astronomer Agnes 
Mary Clerke. The lecture marks the publication by Cambridge University Press
of Mary Brück's acclaimed biography of the famous historian of science.  The
lecture: "The Remarkable Agnes Clerke and Some of her Contemporaries", takes
place in The Minerva Suite of the Royal Dublin Society, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
on Wednesday, 23 October at 8.00 p.m.

Agnes Mary Clerke was an exceptionally accomplished scholar, fluent in
several languages and a prolific correspondent. She was accepted on equal
terms by many of the leading astronomers of the day, at a time when female
scientific writers were almost unknown. Mary Brück's lecture will highlight
the many successes of Agnes Clerke's life and some of the achievements of
other women in physics and astronomy in the late nineteenth century.

Mary Brück (née Conway) was born in Co. Meath, and is a Physics graduate of
University College Dublin.  She obtained her PhD in astronomy at Edinburgh
after which she was appointed to the staff of Dunsink Observatory, Dublin,
where her main research dealt with solar spectroscopy.

It was at Dunsink that she met and later married Professor Hermann Alexander 
Brück, Director of Dunsink Observatory from 1947-1957.  At the end of this 
period she moved to the Royal Observatory Edinburgh, where her husband had
been appointed Astronomer Royal for Scotland and Regius Professor at the
University of Edinburgh.

Since retiring from formal teaching duties at the University of Edinburgh, Dr
Brück has taken a keen interest in the lives of early women astronomers and
in the history of Irish astronomy. She is the author of numerous scientific
and historical papers, is an honorary member of the Irish Astronomical
Society, and in 2001 was awarded the Lorimer Medal of the Astronomical
Society of Edinburgh for her work in diffusing knowledge of astronomy.

Admission to the lecture is free but as places are limited please reserve
your place by contacting: Annette McDonnell, RDS, Dublin 4. Tel: (01) 240-7217 
Fax: (01) 660-4014 Email: annette.mcdonnell@rds.ie

3.  Sky at Night photo competition

"The Sky at Night are looking for the best astronomy photograph of 2002. To
enter the competition please visit the web page below.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/space/spaceguide/skyatnight/photocomp.shtml

Best Wishes, The Sky at Night team"


Terry

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