From: TerryMoselaol.com Date: 1 May 2006 11:12:44 BDT Subject: Comet, ISS, New IAA Council, Lectures, Charity Observing event Hi all, 1. DEATH OF A COMET: Comet 37P Schwassmann-Wachmann continues to break up -some of the existing fragments are breaking up further! That makes it difficult to predict the exact path of each fragment, so if you are looking for either Fragment B or C on the basis of the ephemeris in my previous email, or the map that was attached, allow some leeway! Also note that the pieces may not be as bright as originally predicted. But do have a look - it's a fascinating sight to see the 'death' of a comet'! Andy McCrea, immediate past president of the IAA, has a really superb photo of the comet on the IAA website, www.irishastronomicalassociation.com. Martin McKenna of Maghera has reported seeing fragment C with the unaided eye at 00.30 on 28 April - a world first n-e sighting! Well done Martin! 2. The ISS continues its series of evening passes over Ireland until about 5 May. Details on www.heavens-above.com. 3. NEW IAA COUNCIL: Belated announcement of the new IAA Council, elected at the AGM on 19 April - apologies! We thank Andy McCrea for 3 years of sterling service, and welcome Pat O'Neill into the hot seat! Details: President: Pat O'Neill. Vice Presidents: Philip Baxter, George Brannan Secretary: Danny Collins Treasurer & Membership Secretary: John Hall Members: Robert Campbell, Robert Cobain, David Collins, Robert Hill, Andy McCrea, Terry Moseley. Ex Officio: Prof Mark Bailey, Dr Tom Mason. We also thank Ken Doyle, Jacquie Milligan and Seamus Quinn who had to stand down due to pressure of other commitments. 4. FITZGERALD AWARD: I'm delighted to announce, also belatedly (apologies again!) that the IAA's "Aidan P. Fitzgerald Award" for "Outstanding Service to the IAA" was presented to Robert Hill at the IAA AGM. Robert is not only an amazing and incredibly enthusiastic presenter and ambassador for Armagh Planetarium, but he has given unstinting and unselfish service to the IAA through many lectures and other presentations, help with various events and speakers, and particularly his very popular 'star shows' in the portable planetarium at many many of our public events. He has sometimes given 4 shows on the trot - after a full days Planetarium work! Thanks Robert - it's very well deserved. 5. IAA MEMBER WINS ASTRONOMY NOW COMPETITION. I only found out about this last night! - Congrats to Albert Patton, IAA member from Belfast, who won the Astronomy Now Competition for the best mnemonics for the order of the planets in the Solar System. Albert's entry was "Most Voles Eat Messily, Just Some Use Napkins Properly". He won a copy of the amazing & beautiful new book from Dorling-Kindersley "Universe - The Definitive Visual Guide". There was another Irish winner: Henry Keenan from Monaghan, with "Moon Voyage Every Month, Just Sign Up Now Please". How about another one including Xena? - Or perhaps we should wait until the name is officiallly announced.... LECTURES: 6. SAC Lecture, LIMERICK . Wed. 3rd May 2006, 8:00 p.m., University of Limerick, John Holland Lecture Theatre, Room: D105: "The Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn and Titan", by Caitriona Jackman. Sponsors: Shannonside Astronomy Club, and Dept. of Physics UL 7. Public Lecture Space Science in Europe , Friday 5 May 2006, 8.0 p.m. Rotunda Lecture Theatre, St. Patrick's Trian, Armagh. The Lecture will be delivered by Professor David Southwood, Director of Science at the European Space Agency. It is scheduled to end at 9.00 pm with questions, followed by tea and coffee. Abstract: 'Space Science in Europe'. The last few years have brought back to public attention the fact that Europeans are involved in space exploration. The results returned from Mars and the successful landing on Titan are only part of the story and much is still to come. The universe beyond our planet is slowly being unveiled and space science has played and will continue to play a primary part in this. Why should we all in Europe be involved? One motive is basic, namely, to understand our Earth's part in the grand scheme of things and how life (as represented by ourselves) came to evolve. Is such inspiration the end of it or are there also more down-to-Earth reasons for going into space? If you wish to attend this free event, please contact Mrs Aileen McKee as soon as possible, at ambnarm.ac.uk 8. The Irish Astronomical Society in association with Chernobyl Children's Project International invites you to come along to Sandymount in Dublin, Martello Tower Car Park, May 5th and May 6th 2006. 9:00 pm till 10:30pm ish.............. We will show you the first quarter moon, the planet Saturn and maybe the planet Jupiter, all weather permitting of course. This event is free, but we would urge you to consider donating to this charity in this the Twentieth year of the disaster to help relieve the ongoing suffering of the victims. You can see details on www.irishastrosoc.org If you can not make it to Dublin perhaps you would put something in the charity's bank account, just mark "Sun Moon and Stars Fundraiser" somewhere on the lodgement slip or cheque. Name of Bank: Permanent TSB, 1 Lapp's Quay, Cork, Ireland. Sort Code: 99-07-01. Account No 36410021. Chernobyl Children's Project International www.chernobyl-international.com Clear Skies, Terry Moseley.
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