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From: TerryMoselaol.com
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2005 16:35:25 EDT
Subject: Superb HST/Faulkes Event, Newtonian drama

Hi all,

1. Over 1000 people attended the Ulster Museum yesterday afternoon, many of 
them specifically for the excellent HST 15th Anniversary + Faulkes Telescope 
observing event, organised by Robert Hill & Dr Tom Mason of Armagh Planetarium.

Robert gave a series of his usual excellent & lively presentation on 15 years 
of the HST, culminating with two huge real hard copy photos (and I mean 
huge!) of the two special anniversary images, one of which was an amazingly 
beautiful photo of M51, and the other a highly detailed shot of a star birth region, 
a sort of single 'Pillar of Creation'.

As well as that, he had booked several 30 minute slots for live operation of 
the 2-metre Faulkes Robotic telescope on Hawaii, and IAA members & others got 
to take a couple of live photos: the session I was in snapped Jupiter, M51 and 
M5. Jupiter in only 1/100", and M5 and M51 in 10" each - amazing!

The IAA stand in the Museum generated a lot of interest, and Anna from the 
Planetarium was selling the usual stuff, plus the new HST special DVD at £6.99. 
You can order it direct from the Planetarium (IAA members can get 10% discount 
by quoting their membership number, but that does not apply to buying 
on-line; there's no facility for generating discount that way).

Congratulations to Tom & particularly to Robert who did most of the 
background work, (and maybe most of the foreground work too?) for a really excellent & 
memorable event!

2. "Calculus". A special dramatic presentation on the great rivalry and 
counterclaims between Newton and Leibnitz on the invention of Calculus will take 
place in the Schrodinger Lecture Theatre, TCD, at 8 p.m. on 17th, 19th & 20th 
May, with a reception at 7.30 p.m. Written by Carl Djerassi, directed by Philip 
O'Sullivan, produced by Denis Weaire. Tickets 5 euro (student 3 euro) from Physics 
Dept, TCD.
Info: Sandra Ellis, TCD Physics, Tel: (01) 608-1262, Email: ellissatcd.ie

Clear Skies,

Terry Moseley

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