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From: TerryMoselaol.com
Date: 5 September 2006 20:20:30 BDT
Subject: Lunar Eclipse, IAA at WWT, IAA meeting, Planetarium job

Hi all,
 1. PARTIAL LUNAR ECLIPSE: A rather unremarkable partial lunar eclipse
occurs at twilight on Thursday 7 September. The Moon will rise already
partially eclipsed: it rises at 20h 03m BST from Belfast, with the
greatest part of the eclipse already over - maximum eclipse is at 19.51
BST. It rises a bit earlier from Dublin - about 19.48 - but a bit later
the further West and North you are. Best observing location would be
Wexford. And it's only a small eclipse anyway, with only about 6
arcminutes, or about 1/5 lunar diameter, of the N limb of the Moon being
eclipsed. The partial phase ends at 20.38, so you might just see the
tail end of the partial phase by the time the moon gets high enough to
be observable from most locations.  One other detail is that the
Moon will be very close during the eclipse - in fact it will be closest
to Earth on 8 Sep at 04.07 BST, at only 357,177 km from Earth, making
that Full Moon the closest of the year. But the eclipse itself is one of
largely academic interest, I'm afraid....

2. IAA at WWT. The highly successful annual Green Living Fair will be
held at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Castle Espie, Comber, Co Down, on
Sat 16 & Sun 17 September. The theme is all about sustainability
& minimising our environmental impact on the Earth.  The IAA will have
a stand there, promoting the themes of: Earth as a planet, Greenhouse
effect (Venus as an example), comparison with other planets e.g. Venus &
Mars, energy from other SS bodies, light pollution, solar energy, solar
effects on climate, atmospheric phenomena (aurorae, meteors rainbows
etc), & anything else in astronomy & space related to the theme. 
We'll have telescopes on display, a solar oven or two, DVDS, & other
exhibition material. Come along & help out, or just to see. If you come
by bicycle, you get in free!  For further details see:
www.wwt.org.uk/visit/castleespie/LargeGLF.pdf

3. FIRST IAA MEETING OF NEW SEASON: The first meeting of the Irish
Astronomical Association's new season will be on Wed 20 September, 7.30
p.m., Stranmillis College, Belfast. Dr Lars Lindberg Christensen, head
of the ESA section on the Hubble Space Telescope, will be giving us an
illustrated talk on the achievements and future of this remarkable
instrument - not to be missed! (Thanks to Robert Hill of Armagh
Planetarium for helping lay on this lecture.) Free admission, including
light refreshments. All are welcome. See
http://www.meteorlogni.com/iaa/

4. PLANETARIUM JOB, Birmingham. Mario di Maggio, formerly at Armagh, has
asked me to circulate this, in case anyone is interested:

"Please can you distribute details of this exciting new opportunity at
Thinktank to anyone you think may be interested  (see PlanetariumPresenterJob.doc)
Thank you

Mario Di Maggio; 
Planetarium Manager & Secretary: 
British Association of Planetaria
Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum
Millennium Point
Curzon Street
Birmingham
B4 7XG
e: mario.di.maggiothinktank.ac
w: www.thinktank.ac
t: +44-(0)-121 202 2222
f: +44-(0)-121 202 2320
Registered charity no. 1061898"
 
Clear Skies,
 
Terry Moseley
 

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