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From: TerryMoselat signaol.com
Date: 3 July 2007 23:08:3 Jul 2007
Subject: Solar day at WWT, Moon poster, Greencastle event

Hi all,

1. IAA Solar Day, WWT, Castle Espie.  The next in our series of 'Solar
days' will be held at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Caste Espie, near
Comber, Co Down, on Sunday 8 July, from 2.0. pm. to 5 p.m. There will be
the usual selection of special telescopes for solar viewing, including
H-alpha views, which are always spectacular. Has the Sun passed Solar
Minimum yet? Will there be any spots of the new cycle visible?    Other
attractions will be available too, including our intrepid Ulsternaut,
Derek Heatly, in case of bad weather. If you have any sort of telescope
capable of showing the Sun safely, bring it along. IAA members bringing
telescopes or otherwise assisting at the event get in free. All are
welcome.

2. MOON POSTER: John Moore has just launched a new 'moonposter', which
may be of interest. The website address is www.moonposter.ie, and it's
well up-to-date on the latest news and missions concerning lunar
research. More info from: John Moore, Tel: 021 7434721

3. IAA Greencastle Event: This was a great success, in spite of the
dodgy weather. Members & visitors were treated to an excellent show in
the Planetarium in the Maritime Museum, followed by some demonstration
rocket launches. Then the rain came, so we went back into the
planetarium for one of Ash's speciality live laser shows, set to Irish
music. This was brilliant - you have to see it to believe it! It's
almost impossible to believe that it's not being done by some very
advanced computer trickery, concocted in the 'Dreamworks' Lab in the
USA!    We then all adjourned to Ash's house nearby, where the BBQ was
soon fired up in his garage, and he even provided a couple of staff from
the Maritime Museum to do the cooking (sorry, I can't remember their
names). This time, for some reason, nothing was burnt!    Many thanks to
the director, Ash McFadden, for all his trouble, commitment, &
hospitality - it was a great day, and much appreciated.

Clear skies,

Terry Moseley

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