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From: TerryMoselat signaol.com
Date: 1 October 2007 23:44:1 Oct 2007
To: iaa2000@btinternet.com
Subject: IAA Lecture, WSP, Lift from Armagh

Hi all,
  1. 50th ANNIVERSARY OF SPACE AGE - LECTURE TOUR BY RENOWNED
ASTRONOMER, Dr JOHN MASON: Wed 3 October.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the space age, which started with
the launch of Sputnik 1 on 4 October 2007, the IAA is pleased to
announce a major public lecture by well known broadcaster, writer &
lecturer on astronomy, Dr John Mason.

Entitled "The Next Giant Leap For Mankind", it will briefly review the
history of space exploration over the last 50 years, and then look at
the future for human exploration of space.

Dr Mason is doing a major lecture tour in Ireland to mark this
anniversary, and we are delighted that he will be giving his first
public lecture to the IAA in Belfast.

It will be on Wednesday 3 October, at 7.30 p.m., in the Bell Lecture
Theatre, Physics Building, QUB. Admission is free, and all are welcome.

Other venues are in Dublin (IAS/SDAS) on Thursday, the WSP on SAT/SUN in
Birr, and to CAC in Cork on Monday. More on those later.

2. The 2007 Whirlpool Star Party will be on 5-7 October, in Dooley's
Hotel, Birr, Co Offaly. It runs from Friday evening, with a reception in
the hotel + observing if clear, through to Sunday afternoon. Always the
highlight of the Irish amateur astronomy community, it's run by the
Shannonside Astronomy Club: see link for details
of the programme & speakers. One of the keynote speakers is Dr John
Mason - see above.

3. Dr Miruna Popescu from Armagh Observatory needs a lift from Armagh to
Birr for the WSP, and back. She has some special exhibition material,
all of which will fit in an ordinary car. If you can offer a lift,
please email her at mdpat signarm.ac.uk, or ring her at Armagh Observatory on
028 37522928, or mob: 07852428808. In return, she'll tell you everything
you ever wanted to know about the Sun!

Clear skies,

Terry Moseley

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