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From: TerryMosel@aol.com
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 2003 17:07:16 EDT
Subject: All Night Star Party, BBQ, TV.

Hi all,

"ALL NIGHT STAR PARTY", courtesy of The Open University, and the BBC!

Saturday 23 August, 11.20 p.m., BBC2: Imagine steering a giant telescope 
thousands of miles away to see the icecap of Mars or a galaxy deep in the 
universe. Or tracking dramatic gas clouds & impressive galaxies with some of the UK's 
foremost astronomers to guide you!

Hosted by Sophie Raworth live from Jodrell Bank, the prog will link live to 
amateur astronomer Dr Chris Riley at the 98-inch (2.5m) Isaac Newton Telescope 
on La Palma, Canary Islands (NOT Tenerife, as stated on the letter!). Viewers 
using www.Open2.Net can target other research tlescopes throughout the world 
so you can see for yourselves the full splendour of the universe. Web access to 
the telescopes will continue all night & into the next day - full details on 
the  website.

This is timed to coincide with National Astronomy Week, 23 - 30 August, when 
Mars is at its closest for 60,000 years, and Beagle-2 and two other NASA 
spacecraft are on their way to Mars.

(there may have been problems with transmission of my last email, so I 
include the contents below - if you have already got it, disregard the rest of this:

((As promised in STARDUST, I said I would hold a 'Perseids BBQ' for IAA 
members (& others) on the first clear night of 9, 10, 11 or 12 August. This will be 
more of an excuse for a BBQ than anything else, as the bright almost-full 
Moon will drown out all but the brightest meteors. But we may also get a look at 
Mars if you don't mind staying up late.

Tomorrow (Sun 10th) looks quite promising, so provisionally it's on for 
tomorrow. I'll do another email update about 6 p.m. tomorrow evening.

Venue is the picnic site at Big Collin, on the B94 from Ballyclare to 
Broughshane. It's just over the top of the hill on the left going from Ballyclare, on 
the Northside of the hill. It's a proper picnic site with about a dozen 
proper picnic tables, parking, and a fairly dark sky, although that will be 
academic, with the moonlight!

As for the Midsummer BBQ at Armagh Observatory, I'll bring the BBQ, fuel etc, 
you bring your own food, drink, cooking & eating equipment.

If you want to observe meteors, bring a lounger, or a waterproof rug to lie 
on. If you have a portable telescope, bring it too & we can also have a look at 
the Moon, & Mars after it rises at about 22.20: observable by about 11.30, 
perhaps?

This is a 'T. Moseley' event, not an official IAA one, so you come at your 
own risk! 

We start cooking at 8.15, and finish eating by 9.30, so I can get everything 
cleared away before it gets really dark. If you come too late, you'll have to 
go to Ballyclare for a take-away!

Hope it's clear, & to see lots of you there. It's free, of course!

Two TV Progs, which unfortunately clash with each other, & the above - so set 
the video!
1. Sunday, CHANNEL 4, 20.00 "Gods in the Sky"
New series. In this three-part study, Oxford historian & well-known astronomy 
lecturer Dr Allan Chapman reveals how the astronomical religions of our early 
ancestors laid the basis for civilised life. He travels to Egypt, where he 
tells the story of the ancient astronomer priests and their flamboyant deities. 
Visiting the pyramids and the Valley of the Kings -  and aided by Patrick 
Moore - he reveals how the worship of star-gods helped us to develop the modern 
calendar.
 
2. Sunday, BBC 1, 20.00 "Earth Ride". A mixture of real-life & compuer 
animated footage track the journey of a single drop of rain on its great cycle from 
space to the deepest ocean. A fascinating documentary following this most 
precious of resources on its never-ending cycle around our planet. Combining 
hi-tech graphics with wildlife film, viewers are taken on an exhilarating armchair 
ride that encompasses humpback whales, rainforests, volcanoes, glaciers and 
tornadoes. 
   (More of interest to ecologists & wildlife enthusiasts, but may still be 
of interest, as it's a pre-requiste for life elsewhere.) 

Enjoy whichever takes your fancy.

Clear skies,))

Terry Moseley

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