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From: TerryMoselaol.com
Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2005 18:12:45 EDT
Subject: Radio, Mars Watch, Astro Quiz

Hi all,
 
 
1. RADIO:
Two items might be of interest on "Quantum Leap", presented by Mary  
Mulvihill, on RTE Radio 1, on Thursday at 8 p.m. 
   A. Yours truly will be interviewed about the current close  opposition of 
Mars, & what's to be seen in the sky etc.
   B. Also, Prof Mike Bailie, author of 'Exodus to Arthur', will  be 
interviewed: I don't know the subject yet, but it could be something to do  with his 
latest book (with Patrick McCafferty) "Comets in Irish Myth", just  published.
 
2. MARS WATCH: The IAA will be holding a public MARS WATCH, at the lower  
(main) car park at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cultra, near  Holywood, Co 
Down, at 8.30 p.m., on Sat 29 October. Weather permitting, of  course - if 
it's raining, we won't be there! Admission free, and all will be  welcome. Bring 
along your 'scope if you have one. And binoculars too, for  general sky 
viewing. And wrap up warm, from head to toe!
 
3. ASTRO QUIZ. The next IAA meeting, on Wednesday 2 November, will be an  
astronomical version of a well-known TV programme! For copyright reasons I'm not  
even going to mention it, but the IAA Quiz will be entitled "Who Wants To Be 
An  Astronomical Centenaire?". And believe it or not, it will be for real 
money,  with the possibility of winning up to 100! Of course, just like the TV  
programme, the actual winnings are unlikely to reach that top figure! In fact, 
I  have assured our treasurer that most people are unlikely to get beyond  
12.50.  Especially when I tell you that I set the questions! Still, you  never 
know....! 
   The prizes start at 1p, and go up in 15 approx double steps to  100. The 
format will be as similar as I can make it, with 'lifelines', and  if you get 
to 10p, and then 3.20, you get to keep those amounts. Admission will  be free 
as usual, and everyone will have a chance of entering. Questions will be  on 
astronomy, with a few on space thrown in. It should be good craic, and some  
serious stuff too as the prize amounts get bigger....  I hope that at  least 3 
people will be able to sit in the hot seat during the  evening!
   I'll be presenting it, and my decisions will be fair  - and final! 
   It will start at 7.30 p.m. sharp, in the usual venue: Room 5,  Stranmillis 
College, Stranmillis Road, Belfast.
   PS, no coughing, please....
 
Clear skies,
 
Terry  Moseley

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