I spent October 13-19 in Baltimore at the annual conference of the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC). A few years ago a colleague suggested that I attend this conference and present a talk on our Citizen Sky planetarium show. That never happened due to timing and cost issues. But this year we had both the time and funding to attend. Continue Reading
This picture, taken in 1994, is not what it seems at first glance. The AAVSO staff here are not comparing and contrasting studies of the fire hydrant in front of the former 25 Birch Street Headquarters, they are observing the annular solar eclipse of May 10! Continue Reading
Entre el 4 y el 8 de octubre de 2011 tuvo lugar en Woburn y Cambridge el Encuentro Anual Nº 100 de la AAVSO. Debido a la conmemoración del centenario de la institución, fue un evento muy especial, con récord de concurrencia, más días de actividades y presencias internacionales. Hubo representantes de Alemania, Argentina, Australia, Bélgica, Canadá, Estados Unidos, Japón y el Reino Unido. Continue Reading
Wow! We are still catching our breath from last week's fantastic meeting, but I just wanted to share with you a few photos illustrating some of the highlights... Continue Reading
I started working at the AAVSO at the beginning of July, as the new administrative assistant. Initially, I was interested in the AAVSO because of the real contributions the organization makes to science, through amateurs and professionals alike. I have never been talented at science, but I do find it fascinating, and the idea that one can be a scientist without having to be "good" at (or interested in) the scholarly aspect of it is a wonderful message that we do not hear nearly often enough. Continue Reading
By now you’ve heard about several of us on the AAVSO staff traveling to various star parties throughout the US and Canada this year as part of our Centennial Celebrations. We’ve been meeting amateur astronomers and spreading the gospel and history of the AAVSO for nearly a year now.
As part of our centennial celebration star party talks I was able to attend the Saskatchewan Summer Star Party at the Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park on the border between Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada. SN 2011fe was discovered during the star party and made for some exciting evenings. Continue Reading
A few weeks ago, we launched the updated version of CHET, our Chart Error Reporting tool. CHET is a simple web application that allows you to submit a report when you find an error in one of our charts. CHET makes it easy for our chart team to keep track of what errors have been reported and whether they've been fixed. It also makes it easy for you to see what the chart team is up to—by searching the CHET database, you can see what errors have been fixed and which ones the chart team is working on. Continue Reading
At the very end of July I had the pleasure of being a guest speaker at the 2011 Table Mountain Star Party.