Sir John Houghton, former co-chair of the Scientific Assessment Working Group of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will speak on "God, Science and Global Warming". This will be followed by a discussion chaired by BBC Presenter Mark Carruthers with questions and contributions from the audience.
Members of the Panel will include Father Timothy Bartlett (author of the pastoral reflection on climate change "The Cry of the Earth"), Professor Valerie Hall (Emeritus Professor of Palaeoecology at Queen's University Belfast) and Michael Nugent (Chairman of Atheist Ireland). With Sir John as the keynote speaker and with such a group of experts this promises to be an enjoyable and enlightening evening.
The ticket price of £7.50 (+ £1 online booking fee) includes light refreshments at 7.00pm and there are afternoon tours of Armagh City's main attractions, and packages for overnight stays. Book online at
To learn more about the event and opportunities to experience Armagh City visit http://www.armaghu3a.org/?p=492, and http://www.armagh.co.uk/.
The programme for the event is currently being finalised and will be updated in due course on the IFAS website www.irishastronomy.org However, the event will feature a number of lectures, a workshop, solar observing (weather permitting) and more. The lunchtime break will allow an opportunity to take in a tour of the facility to see the observatory and the 12" Grubb refractor. Tea/coffee will be provided, however please bring your own lunch.
Spaces are limited to 60 seats. If you are interested in attending, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please state in the e-mail how many seats you would like to reserve.
Regards & Thanks, Michael O'Connell
(I'll send directions later on how to get to Dunsink from the North - the new junction at the M50/N3(M3) is very confusing if you don't know it! Terry M)
4. Mars Opportunity Rover awakes after winter 'sleep': The amazing saga of Opportunity, designed for a 3-month lifespan, but still functioning on the Martian surface into its eighth year of operation, continues. See:
5. Light from ExoPlanet detected directly: Progress in instrumentation and techniques continues to produce amazing results. NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has detected the light from a planet going around another star, directly - the first time that has ever been done. See:
6. ASTEROID / COMET OBSERVATION MEETING: Some of you are doing amazing work in the field of asteroid and comet detection and imaging, so you might be interested in the following BAA meeting: It's intended for BAA members, but I'm sure that visitors would be welcome - contact either Guy or Richard via the addresses at the end.
"OBSERVING PROJECTS WITH ASTEROID-COMET CONNECTIONS": A joint meeting of the BAA Comet Section and Asteroids and Remote Planets Section, at 10.00-17.00 hours on Saturday, 2012 October 6
at the Berrill Lecture Theatre, Berrill Building, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA
Topics to include:
* Methods in common for observing asteroids and comets
* Discovering comets and asteroids
* Comets masquerading as asteroids
* Asteroids masquerading as comets
* Water ice in asteroids
* Short contributions from members
In addition, there will be keynote lectures by
* Dr Simon Green, Senior Lecturer in Planetary and Space Sciences, Department of Physical Sciences,
The Open University, Milton Keynes
* Dr Stephen Lowry, Lecturer in Astronomy and Astrophysics, Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Science, School of Physical Science, University of Kent, Canterbury,
* Dr Sam Duddy, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Kent, Canterbury
N.B. We are hoping to have a small display area for members' use. Any member wishing to contribute a short talk should contact Richard Miles or Guy Hurst.
Travel directions to the Berrill Building can be found at: http://www3.open.ac.uk/contact/locations.aspx
along with a map of the campus at: http://www3.open.ac.uk/contact/maps/wh-campus.gif
More details of the programme, catering arrangements for the day, etc. will be made available in August.
Richard Miles: E: arps [at] britastro.org, Guy Hurst: guy [at] tahq.demon.co.uk
8. BEWARE STOLEN ITEMS: There has been a break in at the Astronomy Centre, Todmorden. Unfortunately a lot of kit has been stolen. This is a public outreach facility and is Peter Drew's life work. This is a big blow for the club. http://www.astronomycentre.org.uk/
Please be on the lookout for new ads for Coronado scopes and Solar scopes that have been modified. Large refracting binoculars and large reflecting binoculars in particular. Please pass the word and inform the police and the Astronomy Centre if you have your suspicions. If you can help by putting up warnings on any of the Astronomy forums, that will be appreciated. Thank you,
David Dench, Rochdale
So far, the list comprises:-
Unique 6" F8 refracting Binocular telescope
Unique 6" F8 reflecting binocular telescope
12" Meade LX200 OTA
6" F8 black Helios refractor modified Ha scope
6" F8 blue Skywatcher refractor
3 Coronado PST bodies
2 black EQ6 mounts
1 white EQ6 Pro mount.
Clearly there will be other genuine similar articles for sale, but please check carefully the provenance of such items. If you have the slightest doubt, then you should refer this to the police.
9. TWITTER: the IAA now has a twitter account. twitter@IaaAstro