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From: TerryMoselaol.com
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2005 19:00:52 EDT
Subject: Aurora alert, IAA at the Argory, Lecture

Hi all,
 
1. Giant sunspot 798/808 flared twice more yesterday, and at least one of  
the X-class explosions propelled a coronal mass ejection (CME) toward  Earth.  
NOAA forecasters estimate a 70% chance of severe geomagnetic  activity when the 
CME arrives--perhaps tonight, Sept. 14-15, or tomorrow night,  15-16.  Sky 
watchers at all latitudes should be alert for auroras.
 
2. Don't forget the IAA Telescope / Solar day at The Argory, near Moy, on  
the Armagh/Tyrone border, on Sat 17th.  The event is for charity workers in  the 
area, not a free-for-all for astronomers, so you're only invited / expected  
to go if you have a telescope to put on display, particularly if you can offer 
 some solar observing.
   It's from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please let me know if you're  planning to 
attend.
 
3. Don't forget the IAA's keynote opening lecture, by Professor  Chandra 
Wickramasinghe, on Wed 21st, Room 5, Stranmillis College, Belfast.  "Where are we 
in our search for our origins?" will propose that all life on  Earth came from 
space, seeded by giant comets. Fascinating & controversial  stuff - not to be 
missed. 
   Tell any members / friends who are not on email - all  welcome!
 
Clear Skies,
 
Terry Moseley

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