I know that there are some amateurs (and professionals) in Ireland who have suitable equipment to attempt this observation, which could yield some very useful information not obtainable in any other way. Of course, even negative observations are valuable, as they constrain the maximum size of the object.
4. Patrick Moore Event, Leicester:
Further details, along with a booking link, may be found at: http://www.spacecentre.co.uk/special-events/patrick-night
5. COMET ISON - LATEST: This much-anticipated comet has now been observed after its re-appearance after 'conjunction' with the Sun. Early indications are that it has not brightened as much as expected in the interval. But as it is just crossing the 'snow/frost line', where water ices should start to sublimate, creating more of a coma and tail and increasing the brightness, it may be just a 'late developer'. We will just have to wait a bit longer to see. It will be best seen from Ireland in late November, and in early December if it survives its extremely close passage round the Sun.
For the latest news on the Maven mission, see http://www.nasa.gov/press/2013/august/nasa-begins-launch-preparations-for-next-mars-mission/#.UgNhNG2Igp9
8. MARTIN CAMPBELL PHOTO SHORTLISTED: IAA member Martin, whose photos feature regularly in Stardust and the IAA website www.irishastro.org, has one of his photos shortlisted in the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition 2013. This is the third year out of four that his images have been shortlisted. Congratulations to Martin, and good luck in the competition.
12. NOT Another BLUE MOON! I'm sorry to see that this nonsense is still being peddled by otherwise reputable sites:
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