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From: TerryMoselaol.com
Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2004 19:09:31 EDT
Subject: GRB Lecture, Space Art, Solar day, WSP, 

Hi all,

1. This ASGI lecture should be of interest to more technically-minded IAA 
members: we are affiliated to ASGI, and so are entitled to attend: The following 
notice from Lorraine Hanlon at UCD gives the details:

 "New Gamma-ray Burst Science from GLAST "
 
 by Professor Robert D. Preece, University of Alabama, Huntsville
 
 Thursday August 26, 2004, Room 128 Physics Department, UCD at 2.30 pm
 
 Abstract: NASA's Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) mission, 
 scheduled for launch in early 2007, consists of a silicon-strip pair-tracking 
 telescope and a gamma-ray burst (GRB) monitor, similar to BATSE. Combined, 
 these will have an energy coverage of 6 decades in energy for burst studies. 
 The GRB science that will be possible with GLAST will be presented in this 
 talk, with a focus on spectroscopy. 
 
 BIO: Robert D. Preece is an Assistant Research Professor of Physics at the 
 University of Alabama in Huntsville. He has participated in the production, 
 archiving and analysis of data from the NASA Marshall Space Flight 
 Center-managed Burst And Transient Source Experiment on the Compton Observatory and 
 is currently working on the GLAST Burst Monitor. 


2. SPACE ART EXHIBITION, Ards Art Centre, Newtownards, Co Down: 6th September 
- 21st October. Robert T. McCall (Main Gallery) 
Known as the world's premier space artist, octogenarian Robert McCall from 
Arizona,USA, has painted murals for NASA, EPCOT Centre in Disney world, and the 
Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum.   McCall has created 
artwork for Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and for Star Wars and Star 
Trek: The Motion Picture.  Examples of the variety of McCall's work can be 
seen in this exhibition at Ards Arts Centre.  McCall will be in Northern Ireland 
to launch the exhibition and to talk about the work at Ards Arts Centre.   
 (I've seen a few examples, and they are amazing - well worth a visit! T.M.)

3. The next IAA Solar Day will be at Mount Stewart, the lovely National Trust 
House & Garden on the Ards peninsula, on Sat 11 September, from 2 to about 5. 
We will have a variety of filtered telescopes, including Coronados, large 
binoculars, projection systems etc, to show the Sun in all its glory - and it has 
been very active again recently.
   We also hope to have a portable Planetarium (tbc), and that Derek Heatly 
will be there with his excellent collection of meteorites & space memorabilia, 
his near-space adventure photographs & video, and the latest news on his 
planned sub-orbital flight into actual space!
   Members bringing telescopes or filtered binocs get in free, others pay the 
normal National Trust admission charges, so bring appropriate equipment!

5. Don't forget the always excellent Whirlpool Star Party at Birr on 17-19 
September. Details at: www.geocities.com/shannonsideac/
   BTW, they are now using 'my' comprehensive accommodation list on their 
site (with my permission), but please note that "Spinners" is now closed - at 
least temporarily as it's for sale, and won't be taking any bookings for the 
foreseeable future. But there are lots of others on the list, if you are prepared 
to go out a bit from Birr. Please let me know of any other amendments needed 
to that list.

Clear Skies,

Terry Moseley


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