Bidding in a silent auction is done privately via pre-printed sheets of paper set up at the auction table. You may bid on multiple items at once. Afterward, the written bids are examined and the person who bid the highest for each item claims and pays for that item.
Please keep in mind that this is a fundraising event. Items are usually purchased for prices exceeding the item’s retail value. Please be generous. All the proceeds go directly to the general fund and support critical AAVSO operations.
With only a few days left in this year's Annual Campaign, we are close to reaching, and with your help, passing our goal of raising $40,000 this year. Please help us reach our goal by making a tax-deductible donation by Monday, July 11th.
By making a donation to the 2016 Annual Campaign you will help the AAVSO continue to supply scientists, citizen astronomers, educators and students with the data, tools and services they can only get from the AAVSO.
We live in exciting, unpredictable times. The boundaries of our knowledge are expanding at an accelerating rate, just like the universe we live in. It is impossible to know what the world will look like even five years from now.
Friedrich Wilhelm August Argelander is generally considered the father of variable star astronomy. He was the first astronomer to begin a careful study of variable stars. At the time, only a handful of variables were known, and he was responsible for introducing the modern system of naming them using the capital letters R-Z.
Tis the season
If you’re like most people, you do your major giving toward the end of the year. This is also the time of year most non-profit organizations receive over half their donations for the calendar year.