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From: TerryMosel@aol.com
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2003 19:11:41 EDT
Subject: McCrea Lectures, Dublin & Belfast, IAA-Mars, Fireball

Hi all,

1. The first of the IAA "MARS & STARS" special observing & Stardome Nights 
will be at Carnfunnock Country Park, Drains Bay, Larne Co Antrim, at 8 p.m. to 
late, on Saturday 6 September. Viewing with a selection of powerful telescopes, 
stardome planetarium shows, exhibition, a real Martian Meteorite, etc! Don't 
miss it! We picked that date so that Mars would be high enough up for good 
viewing at a reasonable hour of the night, but even so, expect to stay to near 
midnight if you want the best views. Wrap up well etc! (Also next w/e, Sep 13 & 
14, at Castle Espie)

2. The Second Royal Irish Academy McCrea Lectures, by Prof Wendy Freedman, 
Director, Carnegie Observatories, in honour of the late Prof Wm McCrea, are 
being given in Dublin & Belfast, as follows:

A.: RIA, Academy House, 19 Dawson St, Dublin 2, MONDAY 15 SEPTEMBER, 6.30 
p.m., followed by a reception. Title: "MEASURING THE EXPANSION OF THE UNIVERSE". 
Application for tickets should be made to:  Tel Dublin 676 
4222.

B:  Queen's University Belfast, 18:30 on TUESDAY 16 SEPTEMBER, in the Great 
Hall, Lanyon Building, QUB, and will be preceded by a reception at 17:30 in the 
Canada Room, QUB, Main Building. Title :  "The Runaway Universe"
Those who want to attend should respond as soon as possible to <
m.husin@qub.ac.uk>, Tel: 028-9027-4729.

3. If anyone saw the brilliant fireball over Southern Ireland at about 11.30 
p.m. on Wednesday night (27/8), please send in all relevant details. i.e. time 
of observation as accurately as possible; your location as accurately as 
possible; direction in which you saw the fireball first appear; its trajectory 
across the sky, relative to stars if possible; its maximum elevation; where you 
last saw it in the sky; how it appeared; how bright it was compared to a Full 
Moon; colour; any break-up in flight; sounds; & any other relevant details. 
It's possible that this event may have 'dropped' a meteorite.

I'll be away until late on Monday, so send details also please to: John 
Flannery at "astro at gofree dot indigo dot ie" - you know to substitute @ for 
"at", and a full stop for "dot" and remove the spaces!

Clear Skies,

Terry Moseley

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