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From: TerryMoselaol.com
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 19:22:39 EST
Subject: 3 lectures, Tours of Armagh Obs, Spirit views crater

Hi all,

1. The next IAA meeting will be on TUESDAY (not Wednesday!) 16 March, at 
Stranmillis College, Stranmillis Road, Belfast, at 7.30 p.m. Mrs Jacquie Milligan, 
& two of her star pupils, will give a talk about their highly successful & 
enjoyable trip to Mt Rohzen Observatory in Bulgaria for the "International 
Astronomy Summer School".
    Admission is free, including light refreshments, and all are welcome.

2.  Prof Mark Bailey, Director of Armagh Observatory, has asked me to 
circulate the following information:

Armagh Observatory Future Events

In the period leading up to Easter, the Armagh Observatory is hosting, or 
co-hosting as part of other events, two Public Lectures (both in the Rotunda 
Lecture Theatre, St Patrick's Trian, Armagh) and two Tours of the Armagh 
Observatory and the Armagh Observatory Grounds and Astropark.
   The Public Lectures are as follows:
A. Wednesday, 17 March 2004 (St. Patrick's Day); @ 19:30 in The Rotunda 
Lecture Theatre, St  Patrick's Trian, Armagh:    "Patrick, Comets and Christianity" 
 by  Professor Mike Baillie (Queen's University Belfast).

B. Thursday, 1 April 2004,  @ 20:00 in The Rotunda Lecture Theatre, St  
Patrick's Trian, Armagh:   "Mars: New Opportunities and Challenges for European 
Space Science"  by  Michael McKay (European Space  Agency, ESTEC, The 
Netherlands)

   The Tours of the Armagh Observatory and the Armagh Observatory Grounds and
Astropark are on Wednesday 17 March 2004 and Saturday 3 April 2004.
   Please note that advance booking is necessary in order to guarantee a 
place on any of these tours, although all who turn up on the day will be 
accommodated if possible. Tours of the Observatory will last approximately 45 minutes; 
tours of the Observatory Grounds and Astropark will last a similar amount of 
time. 

  * Tours on Wednesday 17 March will be provided at: 11:00, 12:00, 14:00, 
15:00 and 16:00

  * Tours on Saturday 3 April will be provided at: 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00

In order to obtain tickets for any of these events, please write, telephone 
or send an e-mail to:  Mrs Aileen McKee, Armagh  Observatory, College Hill,  
Armagh,  BT61 9DG; Tel: 028-3752-2928; Fax: 028-3752-7174; e-mail: 
ambn@arm.ac.uk.

[Note: Mike Baillie is the author of "Exodus to Arthur", one of the most 
fascinating books I have ever read: in spite of the title, it has a strongly 
astronomical theme: IAA members have been lucky enough to hear one of his excellent 
lectures already. Mike McKay, with local connections, has also given an 
excellent lecture here before, so both should be well worth hearing. T.M.]

3. SPIRIT LOOKS DOWN INTO CRATER AFTER REACHING RIM
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NASA's Spirit has begun looking down into a crater it has been approaching
for several weeks, providing a view of what's below the surrounding
surface.

  
   http://spaceflightnow.com/mars/mera/040311status.html


Finally, if you missed the last "Sky at Night" it will be repeated on Sat. 
13th at 12.45pm. on BBC2

Clear Skies,

Terry Moseley

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