Friday, 29 August 2008

IAA Opening lecture, BAA Meeting in Dublin, PTTU

The IAA is delighted to announce that the opening lecture of the 2008-09 season will be given by well-known lecturer, broadcaster, author and astronomy expedition leader, the inimitable Dr John Mason.
   The title is: "An MOT for Hubble - The Future For Space Telescopes"
 John is one of the most entertaining & informative lectures you'll ever hear, and this is sure to be a lecture not to be missed.
   The lecture will be at 7.30 p.m. on Wednesday 3 September, in Queen's University Belfast.
N.B.: THIS SPECIAL LECTURE WILL BE IN THE EMELAUS LECTURE THEATRE, in the main building, in QUB. The entrance is through the archway directly opposite the entrance to the Physics Building where the IAA lectures are usually held. Signs will be posted showing the way, so you won't miss it.
   Admission is free, including light refreshments, and all are welcome as usual.
2. BAA Out of London Meeting:
The British Astronomical Association will be holding its out of London meeting in association with the IAS in UCD, Belfield on Saturday 6 September.  Entry to the talks is 10 Euro.

Full details are at
3. BAA "Portal to the Universe": You may be interested in this, from President of the BAA, Roger Pickard:
"Pamela Gay, who gave a short presentation at the recent Cambridge meeting on "Peer-to-Peer Astronomy Education" has been very busy working on "The Portal to the Universe" website (see below).  She now
seeks help from all those involved in astronomy and especially those who are responsible for making information available via the web.  So, if any member is already involved in providing such content or knows
of a member at their local astronomical society who does, perhaps they could advise Pamela?

She writes:-
"Portal to the Universe
The International Year of Astronomy Cornerstone Project "Portal to the Universe" (PTTU) seeks information on all RSS based astronomy content feeds (Blogs / Podcasts / Vodcasts / etc) and embeddable widgets.
   The Portal to the Universe seeks to become a one stop shop for finding online astronomy content, including news, blogs, pod/vodcasts, image feeds, and astronomy related widgets. We will not be creating content - we will be showcasing content from the community. Details on the Portal to the Universe can be found here:
   We are set to go into beta on December 1, 2008, and to make that launch a success we are working to index all blogs pod/vodcasts, image feeds and other new media content. If you are a new media content
provider and would like your content included in the beta release of PTTU, can you please contact Dr. Pamela L. Gay at with the following:

To appear on PTTU -
Site Name:
RSS Feed:
The byline is:
Tagline (1-sentence description is):
This site is [Clean] [Explicit] [Somewhere in between]
    For office use only -
The correct contact person is:
The correct contact email is:"

We will also be building a yellow pages of astronomy, including all astronomy community participants, from machinists building mounts to artists creating space related jewellery and all the observatories, vendors, and science centers in between. If you would like to be notified when online forms are available to sign up to be in the directory, please also email"
   Roger Pickard, President".
Clear Skies,
Terry Moseley

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