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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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05/2003 Annular Eclipse Of The Sun PDF Print E-mail

EAAS COVERAGE OF ANNULAR ECLIPSE OF THE SUN 31st MAY 2003

Hello all,

I hope you all got a glimpse of the eclipse, 31st May 2003???

I arose about 4.30am and it was a beautiful morning although just where the Sun was due to rise there was a thick grey bank of cloud and haze. With the houses near it soon became evident that I wouldn't see it from home, so of I went to a vantage point nearby, and waited. I could see where the sun was rising but I couldn't see any sun!

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08/2003 Mars Star Party PDF Print E-mail

27th August 2003 Mars Star Party - Photo Gallery



Thankyou to all EAAS members who turned up at such short notice at the Big Collin Picnic Park. Mars was shining brightly throughout the evening as we slewed the scopes to M13, M27, M31, M33, M45, M51, M57, M81, M82, M101 and more. Uranus was a beautiful turquiose blue and the milky-way was like a blanket of stars. The star party commenced at 9pm and went on for over 4 hours as the conditions were excellent.

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06/2003 Astro-Day PDF Print E-mail
Report of the Astronomy Day held on Saturday 7th June, 2003  

The East Antrim Astronomical Society held an "Astro-Day" on Saturday June 7th from 10am until 4pm in the Thompson Primary School, Ballyrobert, Co. Antrim. Alderman Paul Girvan, the Mayor of Newtownabbey, officially opened the event with the Principal of the school receving a gift for allowing the use of the building and grounds.

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