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From: TerryMoselaol.com
Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2005 18:29:12 EDT
Subject: Midsummer BBQ, 18 June; Venus

Hi all,

The IAA's annual 'Summer Solstice' Barbecue will be held as usual in the 
lovely grounds of Armagh Observatory, courtesy of the Director, Prof Mark Bailey, 
on Saturday 18 June.

It's the usual format - admission totally free; open to all IAA members and 
their guests, and of course to Armagh Observatory and Planetarium staff. If you 
would like to go, and don't fall into any of those categories, just email me!

You bring all your own food, drink, crockery, utensils, folding chairs etc if 
you want them, and we provide the BBQ itself. You can bring your own portable 
one too if you want. 

There will be a tour of the observatory as usual, given by Mark, and 
highlights this year will be the big new dome for the 18-inch on the site of the old 
Schmidt dome, the restored 10-inch Grubb Dome, restored East Wing dome, and 
the 'Human Orrery' - that alone should be worth going for!

We'll have solar observing if clear, and we also hope to have other 
entertainments & 'diversions', still to be finalised.

We'll kick off about 3 p.m. with the tours and activities, and start the 
cooking about 5 p.m., subject to final confirmation.

2. Venus is now slowly creeping out from the Sun, low down in the NW in the 
evening twilight. Look about 25 degrees (about the length of the 'Plough' ) 
below and well right of Saturn on 3 June, that separation gradually decreasing 
daily. If you can't spot it easily then, look out for it on 8 June, when it will 
lie about 5 deg below right of a nice young thin crescent Moon.

Hope to see you all at the BBQ.

Clear Skies,

Terry Moseley

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