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From: TerryMoselaol.com
Date: Sun, 5 Feb 2006 19:02:29 EST
Subject: TV, Lectures, Sputnik

Hi all,
 
TV:

1. Mon, 6 Feb,   7.00pm BBC4 TV: The Sky at Night -  the Hawaiian 
observatories  (repeat).

2. Thu, 9  Feb,    9.00pm, BBC2 TV: Horizon -  Missing Matter - only 4%  of 
the Universe is made of stuff we understand. [Or maybe there's another  
explanation! T.M.]

LECTURES

3. Prof Alan Fitzsimmons of QUB will  give a lecture to the EAAS in Thompson 
Primary School, Ballyrobert on  Monday 6 February. Entitled "Deep Impact, the 
Story So Far", it will begin at  8.0. Admission 3.  

4.  Wed. 8 Feb, 1.00pm, Thomas Davis Theatre, TCD: Dr Ian Elliott on  'Grubbs 
of Dublin: Telescope makers and Victorian Entrepreneurs'.  See 
www.hamilton.tcd.ie/events/ 
 
5.  Wed 8 February, 7.30 p.m.  IAA public lecture in  Lecture theatre 5, 
Stranmillis College, Stranmillis Road, Belfast. It will be  given by Dr Neill 
Trappe, of NUI Maynooth, and is entitled "Far Infrared  Space Optics". All 
welcome; admission free, including light refreshments.
 
6. Sputnik 1 - Final word: I have just received this from Ron Fails. I  
haven't attached his photo, but I confirm that it does show the trail. I'll  
forward it (750Kb) to anyone who wants. So at the very least the rocket was  visible.
 
 
"Hello Terry, Saw your e-mail rather late. Probably  most people in 1957 saw 
the carrier rocket but I think it was possible to see  the smaller satellite. 
Remember that the skies were less polluted in those days.  I was only out of 
Belfast at week-ends in those days and my first sighting was  on the evening of 
Nov. 1st. (It probably was the carrier rocket )
It was a very windy night with a lot of cloud and  some clear areas. I set up 
the camera on a shaky tripod pointing (I think) to  the NNE from Ardglass.
The satellite appeared in a gap in the clouds,  probably at an altitude of 
about 40 degrees. 
I have attached a very grainy pic. The satellite  travelled left to right.The 
trace is in the mid- upper left and the  kink in the line was caused by the 
tripod finally succumbing to the  wind. 
The lights at the bottom are from Bishopscourt  airfield.
Cheerio, Ron."

 
Clear Skies,
 
Terry Moseley

 

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