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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.
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.

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.

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.

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


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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