From: TerryMoselaol.com Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2004 07:43:22 EDT Subject: Sun at MountStewart, ISS, WSP, Lectures, Space Art Hi all, The IAA's amazing record of successful public observing events continued yesterday, with great views of the Sun through surprisingly clear skies at MountStewart yesterday! In spite of a dismal weather forecast, we ended up with about 50% clear sky, and when it was clear it was very transparent, though windy. So, in spite of having to dodge a few brief showers early on, we got some great views, and so did all the visitors. There was a beautiful group of 3 radial prominences along the E(?) limb, as well as two nice spot groups on either side of the disc. And a very odd black streak, visible in the Coronado's. Thanks to all who helped out. That makes a success rate of observing possible at 17 out of 18 of the similar events which we have organised! 2. The ISS is now commencing another series of evening passes, with a poorish one at 21.49 this evening, but some good ones to come in a few days, and continuing for almost a fortnight. Details as usual from www.heavens-above.com 3. Don't forget the always excellent Whirlpool Star Party at Birr on 17-19 September. Details at: www.geocities.com/shannonsideac/ 4. On 22 Sep the Irish Astronomical Association opens its new lecture season with "The Ronnie Ormonde Memorial Lecture". This will be a talk by Prof Mark Bailey, Director of Armagh Observatory, entitled "The Origin of Comets and the Oort Cloud". It's at 19.30, in Lecture Room 5, Stranmillis College, Belfast. Admission is free, including light refreshments, and all are welcome. 5. SPACE ART EXHIBITION, Ards Art Centre, Town Hall, Newtownards, Co Down: Continues until 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. ( Well worth a visit! T.M.) Clear Skies, Terry Moseley.
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