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From: TerryMoselaol.com
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2005 19:31:26 EDT
Subject: Perseids, TV, RADIO, Lecture, ISS, Dunsink, BA Fest of Science

Hi all,
 
IAA members at the Perseids BBQ were hampered by drifting cloud and hill  fog 
at the Big Collin site, but still manged to see some bright Perseids. On the  
way home I found a nice clear patch, with no fog, and saw seven mainly  
bright Perseids in a 20 minute period commencing at 00.35.
 
TV, RADIO

1. Sat, 13 Aug,    1:00pm, BBC2 TV: The Sky  at Night - The Search for Life - 
is there life elsewhere in the  universe?

2. Tue, 16 Aug, 7.00pm, BBC2 TV: Light Fantastic with  Simon Schaffer - Let 
there be Light (1/4)

3. Sat, 20 Aug, 7.00pm, RTE R1:  Icons of Irish Science - Charles Parsons (of 
the Rosses of Birr  fame) .

LECTURE
4. Tue, 16 Aug, 7.30pm, Conference  Centre, Dublin Castle: Prof. Geoffrey 
Burbidge on 'There Was No Big Bang!'  (BOOKED OUT).

5. ISS: the International Spacve Sation starts another  series of maorning 
passes over Ireland on 13 August. see www.heavens-above.com
for details for  your own location (also for Iridium flares & 
general astronomy observing  details).
 
6 DUNSINK OBSERVATORY
Fingal County Council has  invited submissions for a study of the future of 
the area surrounding Dunsink  Observatory. The area is bounded by the M50, the 
Dublin-Maynooth railway line  and the Ratoath Road. Submissions should be sent 
to Mr Peter Tuck, Senior  Executive  Officer, Planning Department, Fingal 
County Council, Swords or  emailed to devplanfingalcoco.ie on or before Friday, 
26 August.
See  this link

7.  BA Festival of Science,  Dublin, 3-10 September. Over 300 of the UK and 
Ireland's top scientists and  engineers will discuss the latest developments in 
science with the public.  There will be a number of events on Astronomy.
For 2005 Einstein Year, "Einstein's Legacy" covers cutting edge research 
that has led from the  three papers that Einstein published in his momentous 
year, 1905: on Brownian  motion (which has applications for nanotechnology), the 
photoelectric effect  (for quantum optics) and special relativity (for high 
energy physics). As part  of the event "Einstein and  Astronomy", Professor 
Jocelyn Bell Burnell, will explore  how Einstein's general theory of relativity 
has shaped the field of astronomy in  the 20th century. She will be joined by 
other distinguished researchers looking  at topics ranging from the work of 
Arthur Eddington to pulsars, gravitational  lensing and gravity waves.  
In 'Sun, Moon and  Meteorites: quest for our origins' a meteorite expert,  an 
astronomer and a geologist combine their knowledge to reconstruct those  
events long, long ago, that marked the birth and early history of the Solar  
System.  
Currently three satellites and two rovers send  geological data from Mars to 
Earth. In 'Water on  Mars' Dr Mary Bourke from the Planetary Science  
Institute, will question what are these new views of Mars telling us about this  old, 
cold, and dry planet? 
Dr Robert Walsh, University of Central  Lancashire, is the prize winner of 
this year's BA Lord Kelvin Award Lecture. His  lecture 'Living with a star - a 
new encounter with our  dynamic sun' will include the use of high resolution  
images and movies from the international Solar and Heliospheric Observatory  
(SOHO) to take attendees on a journey from the centre of the Sun, through  
various layers of the star and then on towards Earth. 
For further information on the BA Festival  of Science, visit 
www.the-ba.net/festivalofscience.  
Clear Skies, 
Terry  Moseley

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