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From: TerryMoselaol.com
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2004 17:40:23 EST
Subject: IAA, Armagh, Cosmos, RRS, Planetarium, Virus

Hi all,

1. We had one of our best ever lectures last night, when David Sinden, ex 
Grubb-Parsons, now of Sinden Optical Co, gave us the inside story on making 
telescope optics of all sorts & sizes, up to the 3.9 metre mirror for the AAT! 
Quite a progression, for an amateur who started off making his own 6" mirror at 
the age of 14. Now almost 72, he's still at it!

2. Our  next meeting will be on TUESDAY 16 March, because Stranmillis is shut 
for St Pat's on the 17th. More details later, but mark your diary now.

3. But there WILL be a lecture on Wed 17th, in ARMAGH. Hosted by the 
Observatory, it's @ 19:30 in The Rotunda Lecture Theatre, St  Patrick's Trian, Armagh: 
 Title: "Patrick, Comets and Christianity"  by  Professor Mike Baillie 
(Queen's University Belfast).  Admission free, but by ticket only. In order to 
obtain a ticket for this event, 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.

4. The annual COSMOS event will be at Annaharvey, just outside Tullamore, as 
usual. Details of the Tullamore Ast Soc's excellent annual Cosmos event are 
now available; it's on 19 - 21 March (Friday evening - Sunday afternoon). It's 
always a good programme, and good craic, with dark skies for observing if it's 
clear. Here's the latest details, from Sean Morris: (here) for the programme 
and accomodation details.

5. Also that weekend, the Ulster Museum will be holding its annual "Rocky 
Road Show" for geologists & fossil fans. It runs on the Saturday & Sunday 
afternoons, i.e 20 & 21 March. The IAA usually has a display stand, covering 
meteorites & some elementary planetary geology. But I, and many of the IAA Council, 
will be at COSMOS, so if any IAA members who are not going to Tullamore would 
like to 'person' our stand, please contact me asap & we'll arrange something. I 
can supply exhibits, and Andy McCrea has display backgrounds. 

6. Robert Hill of Armagh Planetarium has asked me to clarify a note in the 
latest STARDUST. Please note that David Jamison is not a permanent appointment 
to the Planetarium staff, but is employed on a temporary basis, through an 
agency. That does not, however, detract from the excellent work he is already 
doing there!

7. Virus THERE IS CURRENTLY A NEW VIRUS WHICH COMES IN THE FORM OF A ZIP FILE 
AND APPEARS AS IF IT HAS BEEN SENT BY THE NHS.
   IT COMES IN THE FORM SIMILAR TO THAT SHOWN BELOW AND HAS THE SUBJECT LINE 
FW: Notify about using the e-mail account.
   "Dear user of Nhs.uk gateway e-mail server,
We warn you about some attacks on your e-mail account. Your computer may 
contain viruses, in order to keep your computer and e-mail account safe, please, 
follow the instructions.
   Please, read the attached for further details.
Attached file protected with the password for security reasons. Password is 
54660.
Best wishes,
The Nhs.uk team"

PLEASE DO NOT OPEN THE ZIP FILE AND DELETE THE EMAIL IMMEDIATELY.

Clear Skies,

Terry Moseley

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