The AAVSO has been on the commercial Internet, well, since before there was a commercial Internet. One of the very first projects I did here at the AAVSO, a full year before I started on staff, was to scan in and index the Alert Notices to the ADS. Those were fascinating because you could watch some AAVSO infrastructure changes take place as you read them, like the migration of our network access from a NASA-based address, to BITNet (anyone remember BITNet?) to the address we have now.
We've got some good news from Dr. Keith Noll of the Hubble Heritage Project this week. STScI have been following the AAVSO observations of M31_V1 very closely for the past several months, and they have now tentatively scheduled their sequence of observations based on the AAVSO-derived ephemeris!
HST will be observing M31 on December 16-17, 20-21, and 29-30, and then on January 6-7. It is believed the Hubble Heritage press release will then be some time in February or March of 2011. Continue Reading
Yesterday was the day of an AAVSO Mailing. First, let me explain, the AAVSO does not use a big warehouse-type mailing service when we have a meeting notice or holiday card to mail out - we do it "old school," around the conference table, by hand. Continue Reading
First of a series celebrating 100 years of the AAVSO Continue Reading
Monday, November 15, was a busy day at the AAVSO. The National Science Foundation had two deadlines for funding programs. One is the annual deadline for projects relating to astronomy research. The other is an annual deadline for projects involving empirical science education research. The NSF is funded by the US taxpayer. It's main role is to fund research in science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines (plus minor excursions into a few others such as cognitive science). The only major exception is health and human biology, which is mainly funded by the National Institute of Health. Continue Reading
I just returned from a week at Cerro Tololo InterAmerican Observatory, better known as CTIO. The primary reason for the trip was to install and test APASS, but mountain observatories are fun for many reasons! Continue Reading
Did you know that there is an easy-to-use tool available to you right now that lets you create custom light curves from AAVSO data and helps you to analyze that data in multiple ways? Well there is, and its called VStar. To get it, simply click the "Data" tab at the top of this page, then under "Analysis" on the dropdown menu you will find VStar as one of the choices. From this page you can get the download (no installation required) and read a bit more about how it works and what resources are available to you. Continue Reading
Tom Smith was down at Cerro Tololo instead of at the Fall meeting, installing the APASS system. It is now up and running! Continue Reading
The AAVSO 99th Fall Meeting is well underway at the Hilton hotel in Woburn, MA! We have had lots of great presentations so far including a workshop by Sara Beck, invited talks by Doug Welch and Tim Slater and many interesting contributed talks. A special award was presented to retiring SID section leader, Michael Hill honoring his 10 years of service in this role. We also had chance to enjoy the recent rennovations at AAVSO HQ last night as we hosted a dinner in the conference room at Headquarters. We are looking forward to the banquet this evening Continue Reading
Hi, all. My dissertation defense is November 1 at 4:30pm eastern (21:30UT) at Tufts University. It is about an education research study of AAVSO's Citizen Sky project. Doc will attempt to broadcast it live via U-Stream. There will be audio, video and you can even ask me questions. Click below for more info. Continue Reading