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10/2004 Total Lunar Eclipse PDF Print E-mail

Lunar Eclipse taken by James Adamson

Lunar Eclipse from the Solar House, Magherafelt

In the early hours of Thursday 28th October, the Moon passed through the Earth's shadow causing it to appear a deep red colour. This will not happen again until 3/4th March 2007.

The EAAS had a very wet observing and photographing session and a live webcast where a dedicated bunch of astronomers gathered to have some chat and do some observing.

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08/2004 BBQ and Perseid Watch PDF Print E-mail
Hello all,

I'm sure by now you will have thought I was still at Big Collin? Not quite, just recovering from three VERY late nights in a row!

We had a very successful evening on Wednesday 11th August 2004 with clear skies almost, and it wasn't long after dark till we saw our first Perseid, the first of many during the evening. Before that, we had wonderful views of the sun through various telescopes. Memorable were the views with Mark & Nigel's 10" Meade and Andy Johnson's 6" refractor, but the highlight had to be the view through Philip's Coronado. I was amazed to see the sun change before my very eyes, quite a treat, and very impressive!

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06/2004 Venus Transit PDF Print E-mail


Public Observing of the Venus transit on 8th June

The EAAS were at the Seven Towers roundabout, Ballymena, County Antrim for the entire Venus transit which began at 0519GMT through to 1124GMT. In the first 2 hours, we had a surprising number of visitors and many going to work, stopping by and having a look. The first early birds arrived at 6:45am !!!

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03/2004 Slieve Croob a Messier 2004 Success! PDF Print E-mail
Over the winter months my brother and I had discussed the possibility of an all night Messier Marathon and we were enthralled by Stephen Tonkin's report of his success in 1998 from the COAA in Portugal . We knew that, because of our Latitude at 54 degrees north, that we would not be able to see them all but the excellent free program from the COAA website was predicting up to 101 Messier objects visible from the 15th March to the 30th March 2004. In the few weeks leading up to the viewing window, the long range forecast was not good and because of the variability of the Irish weather, we knew that any marathon would be very short notice.
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02/2004 ISS Transit Event PDF Print E-mail

ISS Transit Event 21st February 2004

On Saturday morning at 11:17hrs GMT, there were 4 transits of the Sun from in and around the Lisburn, Carryduff area in Northern Ireland. Progress-M48, Soyuz-TMA 3, and the ISS all transited the Sun and we think we did manage to see one of them. This was not an easy task but thankfully, the sky was fairly clear and the winds were light.

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11/2003 EAAS Member Returns From The Edge Of Space PDF Print E-mail
Derek Heatly is interviewed on Downtown Radio 23rd November 2003

Not sure how many of you listened in to EAAS and IAA member Derek Heatly on Downtown Radio's Sunday afternoon programme Landlines, but click here to listen to the entire show. The show was given over to Derek Heatly, talking about his space experiences and memorabilia.

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10/2003 Aurora PDF Print E-mail


Image taken by Donald Campbell, ISO400, 4 seconds exposure

One of the most powerful explosion from the sun has occured at 11:10am, Tuesday 28th October 2003. This X17 class flare hit the earth less than a day later and is causing fantastic aurora displays in latitudes as far south as Cork. Peak time was in the early hours of Thursday 30th October. After Wednesday midnight, the red, green and blue rays reached upwards of the zenith as vertical shafts of light filled the sky collminating in a corona at the zenith.

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