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From: TerryMoselaol.com
Date: Sun, 5 Mar 2006 20:55:31 EST
Subject: TV Progs, WWT success, Turkey Eclipse trip, IAA meeting

Hi all,
 
1. TV: Mon. 6 March  BBC4  

7.00 - 8.00  The Planets - The Sun
 
8.30 - 9.00   Sky at Night (New)   Tips on safe  observation of sunspots, 
flares and eclipses with  P.Moore.
 
9.00 - 10.00  The Sun (New)
 
10.00 - 11.20   More progs. on Sun & Moon in a variety  of themes.
 
See: 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/listings/index.shtml?day=today&service_id=4544
(thanks to Peter Paice & Dwane Doyle for that info)
 
2. Huge Crowds at IAA - WWT event
 
The IAA observing & planetarium evening at WWT, Castle Espie, near  Comber, 
on Saturday night was a great success! We had by far the largest crowds  ever 
at such an event - probably about 200 in total - and we had a number of  
successes: a really bright Iridium flare (mag - 6!) for the early birds;  then an 
excellent pass of the ISS, skimming over Orion's head, which we all saw,  and 
then some lovely views of a spectacular crescent moon, and Saturn. But we  also 
had showers so it was just as well that we had the amazing &  indefatigable 
Robert Hill with the mobile Planetarium who did 4 shows on the  trot to full 
houses, and our own IAA 'Ulsternaut' Derek Heatly, who did 3  presentations in a 
row on his past and planned space exploits.
   So in spite of the cloudy sky at times, all seemed highly  satisfied with 
a good evening. Well done to all concerned.
 
3. IFAS Turkey Eclipse Trip
 I have just sent out an E/M notice to all booked on the  IFAS eclipse trip 
to Turkey giving details of the optional trips to local places  of interest 
that have been arranged. If you are going on that trip, and do  NOT receive that 
email, please let me know by return, as there are still some  anomalies on our 
emailing list.
 
 
4. IAA Meeting, 8 March
The next IAA meeting will be on Wed 8 March, 7.30 p.m.,  Stranmillis College, 
Stranmillis Road, Belfast. This will be a double-header,  featuring a 
presentation on the forthcoming Total Eclipse by Yours Truly,  particularly covering 
the IFAS eclipse trip to Turkey; and a 'Hands-On  Telescopes' session, by v
arious IAA members. This will give you a chance to see  how to assemble, mount, 
and use a wide variety of telescopes and mounts.  Everything you were afraid to 
ask, and more, in other words! Admission free,  including light refreshments. 
All welcome.
 
Clear Skies,
 
Terry  Moseley

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