It is in Auriga around the 20th and passes to the NE of the open clusters M36, M37 and M38 around the 22nd/23rd. By the end of October it is Gemini, visible from about 22:00. For more details and finder charts see: www.aerith.net, http://cometchasing.skyhound.com, and http://www.ast.cam.ac.uk/%7Ejds/
See: https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/~rkirshner/, http://www.tcd.ie/Physics/Astrophysics/
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How do I do that? Watch three short videos, decide which is the most interesting for you, write your essay based on that.
Watch these videos to choose your essay subject Rhea, Titan or Saturn itself? You decide, its your adventure. http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/education/scientistforaday9thedition/targets/
There are three age groups: 11-13 years old, 14-16 years old, 17-18 years old
Either we are alone in the universe or not; either way, the implications are staggering. This talk considers the prospects for and implications of life beyond Earth. Biological adaptation to extreme conditions makes it very likely that variations on biology will be present on moons and planets around many of the billions of Sun-like stars in the Milky Way. The nearly 500 planets already found around other stars are forerunners of Earth-like planets that astronomers expect to be finding in the next few years. With exobiology still a blank slate, consideration will be given to potentially unusual forms of life.
James, for 61 years a member of the Irish Astronomical Society, was presented with the award at a meeting of the IAS and SDAS in Gonzaga College on Thursday, October 14th.
The citation from the International Astronomical Union reads: "Irish amateur astronomer James O'Connor (b. 1931) has been a stalwart of the Irish Astronomical Society for sixty years, serving as president, secretary and council member. He has also written a history of the Society covering the years 1937--2006. The name was suggested by J. McConnell."
The asteroid was discovered on 2001 July 16 by the Lowell Observatory Near-Earth-Object Search (LONEOS) at the Anderson Mesa Station. The asteroid is a Main Belt object orbiting the Sun with a period of 3.31 years.
I'm sure you will all join me in congratulating Jimmy on the award. I have known Jimmy since the late Sixties when we had joint meetings of the IAS Dublin & Belfast Centres in Dundalk.
The presentation was made by John McConnell. John has worked closely over the past two years with Dr Brian Marsden, Director Emeritus of the Minor Planet Center and Dr Ted Bowell, Principal Investigator of LONEOS, to help bring about this recognition of Jimmy's contributions to Irish astronomy.
More details about Jimmy's asteroid can be found at http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=jamesoconnor&orb=1 – N.B: some system firewalls may flag the site as containing malicious code. However, this is generally due to firewall rules that are preventing Java from running (to generate an orbit diagram of the asteroid) so it should not be an issue.
(8515) Corvan -- after Armagh amateur astronomer Pat Corvan
(9929) McConnell -- after Northern Ireland amateur astronomer John McConnell
(16693) Moseley -- after Northern Ireland amateur astronomer Terry Moseley
(21782) Davemcdonald -- after Irish amateur astronomer Dave McDonald
(30558) Jamesoconnor -- after Irish amateur astronomer James O'Connor
(42531) McKenna -- after Northern Ireland amateur astronomer Martin McKenna.