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From: TerryMoselaol.com
Subject: TV Prog, Lecture, Medals, Astro/Geol Event
Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2004 19:44:19 EDT

Hi all,

1. You may be interested in the programme: "Stardate: Close Encounters" which 
will be broadcast on BBC2 at 11.20 p.m. on Wed Sep 29, timed to coincide with 
the close encounter of the minor planet 4179 Toutatis, which will approach 
Earth to within about 1 million miles on 29/30 September. It is currently about 
9th mag, and at closest approach on the 29th it will pass about 1 degree from 
Alpha Centauri for observers in Australia and New Zealand. It will have faded 
considerably by the time it becomes visible from our latitudes again.
   The programme features NEOs in general & includes discussions on 
meteorites at the Natural History Museum, London,  a section featuring BAA member Peter 
Birtwhistle, filmed at his observatory where he observes faint, fast-moving 
NEOs.  It also features the story of AL00667, the object that was thought to be 
heading for Earth impact back in mid-January: There are appearances by 
astronomers such as Alan Harris, Brian Marsden, Steve Ostro and the BAA's 'Mr 
Asteroid', Richard Miles. The program is hosted by Adam Hart-Davis and Dr Lucie 
Green.

2. The next IAA lecture will be on Wed 6 October at 7.30 p.m. in Stranmillis 
College, Stranmillis Road, Belfast, when John O'Neill (IAA & IAS, and Deputy 
Chair of IFAS), will give a talk entitled "Great Comets of the 20th Century". 
Admission is free, including light refreshments, and all are welcome.

3. At the last IAA meeting, the recipients of the IAA's premier "Aidan P 
Fitzgerald Award" at the AGM last spring, Danny Collins and Derek Heatly, were 
presented with their actual medals by Prof Mark Bailey, Director of Armagh 
Observatory. Congratulations to them both!

4. Another reminder about the special event at the Ulster Museum at 1:00-5:00 
pm, Sat 9 Oct and 2:00-5:00, Sun 10 October entitled "A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE".
This will be on similar lines to the famous 'Rocky Road Show', but will 
cover life sciences as well as geology/astronomy.  The Irish Astronomical 
Association & the Belfast Geologists' Society will be represented.
 
Clear Skies,

Terry Moseley

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