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From: TerryMoselaol.com
Date: 25 October 2006 00:00:30 BDT
Subject: ISS, Lectures, Comet, Orionids, ARTI, Andy's emails

Hi all,

1. The ISS is currently making another series of evening passes over
Ireland. A good one occurs tomorrow (Wed 25th), for example. It will
first become visible low in the WSW sky from about 7.45 p.m. for those
of you in the West & South, and a few minutes later for those in the
East & North. It will be highest & brightest in the South at about 7.48
and 7.50 respectively.  Details as always on www.heavens-above.com, with
lots of other free information too.

2. Comet Swan is now passing from N Bootes into Hercules, and is easily
visible in binoculars, or to the keen unaided eye from a dark site. It
will pass close to M13

3. IAA Public lecture, Wed 1 November, Stranmillis College, Belfast,
7.30 p.m. IAA members will bring and demonstrate the operation of a wide
variety of telscopes and binoculars for astronomical use. 'Everything
you always wanted to know about telescopes, but didn't know who to ask'!
Admission free, including light refreshments.

4. Public Lecture, "Our Galaxy in Three Dimensions", by Prof Michael
Perryman, (ESA), RDS Concert Hall, Dublin; Monday 6 November, 7 p.m.
Using special projection, and 3-d glasses, you will be ablre to see the
3-d distribution of stars in the Milky way galaxy. Admission free, but
by ticket only: book at www.rds.ie/science/lectures or tel 01 240 7244.

5. Public Lecture, "A Tale of Two Planets: Earth, Mars and Life" by Prof
Andy Knoll (Harvard University). 6.30 p.m., Burke Theatre, Trinity
College, Dublin. Free admission, but by ticket only: book at www.ria.ie.
A small number of tickets will also be available by phone: 01 676 2570.

6. Orionids: Did anyone see any Orionid meteors? I was clouded out on
the night of maximum (Fri/Sat), but all looked good for the Sat night,
so I went to the IAA's observing session at Big Collin all prepared for
a long observing session: It was really clear at first, and we got great
views of Comet Swan etc, but it clouded over before the Orionid radiant
even rose! As I was driving home it started to rain, and then the
weather forecast came on Radio Ulster: "Dry tonight, with long clear
periods." Ha! It seemed to rain most of the night.....

7. JOB VACANCY: Project Fundraiser, A Radio Telescope for Ireland
(Contract Post) College of Science, Engineering & Food Science

ARTI - A Radio Telescope for Ireland - is a 12M€ Project to construct
and equip a 32m radio telescope for research and educational use in the
Birr Castle Demesne.The ARTI Consortium is comprised of 11 academic
institutions in Ireland and the UK.

The successful candidate should have

Ability to work independently; Knowledge of and ability to identify
potential sources of funding; Proven track record of fundraising;
Experience dealing with private and industrial sponsors; Experience
obtaining large gift donations and identifying and approaching
appropriate trusts and international funds. The position will be either
part-time or full-time, fixed-term contract. Salary: 40+€, based on
experience. Informal enquiries to: Dr. Denise Gabuzda,
gabuzdaphysics.ucc.ie.

Closing date:Thursday, 30 November, 2006.

Application by way of CV to include statement of interest in and
qualifications for the position; including names and contact details of
3 referees to be sent to:

Dr. Denise Gabuzda, Department of Physics, University College Cork,
Republic of Ireland UCC is an Equal Opportunities Employer

8. Dr Andy McCrea well known purveyor of telescopes, binoculars, &
other astronomical items, under the name of North Down Telescopes
(www.northdowntelescopes.co.uk), has changed to a new email address: you
can now reach him at s.mccrea980btinternet.com. His former address
andrewmccreaa.freeserve.co.uk is now defunct.

Clear skies,

Terry Moseley

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