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91st Spring Meeting of the AAVSO

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The 91st Spring Meeting of the AAVSO and the 2nd HEA Wkshp for Amateur Astronomers

Held on the picture perfect Big Island of Hawaii, the 91st Spring Meeting of the AAVSO and the 2nd High-Energy Astrophysics Workshop for Amateur Astronomers were both great successes. Many thanks to all who were involved in sponsoring and organizing this very unique weeklong event. We kicked up our heels at a luau, visited telescopes at the summit of Mauna Kea, and even saw red-hot lava! The HEA Workshop was packed with interesting and informative presentations. It was also a joy to see so many new faces! We hope to see many of you in attendance at the upcoming 91st Annual Meeting in Somerville, MA.

  Meeting Highlights  


Powerpoint Presentations Received from the Meeting:
Makoto Uemura - "Review of Cataclysmic Variables: Unification Model for Various Types of Variations"
Rodney Howe - "Detecting Cosmic Rays Coming into our Atmosphere with the Help of Clustering Statistics"
Nick Kaiser - "Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Current State of Cosmology"
Mario E. Motta - "Calculating the Total Photon Flux from Luminous Events"
Albert Zijlstra - "Evolution and Instability in Mira Variables" (pdf format)
Orville H. Brettman - "Standstill Behavior in the Light Curve of UZ Serpentis"
Mitzy Adams - "The Sun - Our Closest Star"
Powerpoint presentation, trace_images.doc
Kevin Marvel - "Chemistry Near Evolved Stars via mm Interferometry"
Gerald Fishman - "Overview of Detector Principles and a Short History of High-Energy Astrophysics"
Janet Mattei and Kerri Malatesta - "Cataclysmic Variables in the AAVSO Observing Program"
John Pazmino - "Street Stars"
James Rhoads - "Gamma Ray Burst Afterglows and Host Galaxies
Sunday, June 30
5:30pm - 8:30pm    Evening Luau Luau Grounds

Monday, July 1st
6:30am - 7:00am    Astro Tai Chi Volcano Grounds
8:00am - 9:00am    continental breakfast Alii Foyer
9:00am - 10:30am    AAVSO Membership Meeting Alii I &II
10:30am - 11:00am    coffee break Alii Foyer
11:00am - 12:00pm    Town Meeting (discussion on charts) Alii I & II
11:00am - 12:00pm    TOPS Teachers Workshop with Chris Foster titled: Hands-On Activities on HEA Lehua III
12:00pm - 2:00pm    lunch break (on own)
2:00pm - 6:30pm    AAVSO Scientific Paper Session #1 Alii I & II
3:40pm - 4:10pm    coffee break Alii Foyer
8:00pm - 9:00pm    Public Lecture by Karen Meech Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy of Ancient Hawaii Luau Grounds
9:00pm - 10:30pm    Public Stargazing Luau Grounds

Tuesday, July 2nd
6:30am - 7:00am    Astro Tai Chi Volcano Grounds
8:00am - 9:00am    continental breakfast Alii Foyer
9:00am - 12:00pm    AAVSO Scientific Paper Session #2 Alii I &II
10:40am - 11:00am    coffee break Alii Foyer
12:00pm - 1:30pm    lunch break (on own)
1:30pm - 2:00pm    Pre-Tour Briefing Alii III
2:00pm - 10:00 pm    Tour of Local Area (off site)

Wednesday, July 3rd
7:45am - 3:30pm    Group 1 - Tour of Mauna Kea (off site)
10:00am - 5:45pm    Group 2 - Tour of Mauna Kea (off site)
7:30pm - 10:00 pm    HEA Workshop Reception Dinner Paniolo Ocean Terrace

Thursday, July 4th
6:30am - 7:00am    Astro Tai Chi Volcano Grounds
8:00am - 9:00am    continental breakfast Alii Foyer
9:00am - 6:00pm    HEA Workshop Day 1 Alii I &II
10:30am - 11:00am    coffee break Alii Foyer
12:00pm - 2:00pm    lunch break (on own)
3:30pm - 4:00pm    coffee break Alii Foyer
7:30pm - 10:00pm    4th of July Barbeque Luau Grounds

Friday, July 5th
6:30am - 7:00am    Astro Tai Chi Volcano Grounds
8:00am - 9:00am    continental breakfast Alii Foyer
9:00am - 6:00pm    HEA Workshop Day 2 Alii I &II
10:30am - 11:00am    coffee break Alii Foyer
12:00pm - 2:00pm    lunch break (on own)
3:30pm - 4:00pm    coffee break Alii Foyer
7:00pm - 7:45pm    Pre-Banquet Cash Bar Paniolo Ocean Terrace
7:45pm - 9:00pm    Closing Banquet Alii II & III
9:00pm - 11:00pm    Awards Presentationsand Special Guest Lecture by Nick Kaiser Alii II & III

Saturday, July 6th
6:30am - 7:00am    Astro Tai Chi Volcano Grounds
8:00am - 4:30pm    Volcano Park Tour (off site)
4:30pm - 7:15pm    Volcano Tour participants not continuing on to Mauna Kea return to hotel.
4:30pm - 11:00pm    Sunset and Observing at Mauna Kea (off site)
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