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AAVSO Professional Survey for 2013

AAVSO Councillor Kevin Paxson has completed and presented the results of the AAVSO's survey of the professional astronomical community.  The AAVSO solicited participation from professional astronomers in an online survey early this year, and the results are now available in both raw and summarized form, with commentary and analysis from Kevin.  The results were presented at the 2013 Spring Meeting of the AAVSO, and the final reports are now available here.

Professional Astronomers: Invitation to Participate in an AAVSO Survey

The American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) invites the participation of professional astronomers in our "Professional Astronomer Survey of 2013."

Your opinions and comments about the AAVSO's data offerings, services, software, and other activities are being solicited.  Responses to our survey will be used to improve the offerings and services that the AAVSO provides to the global research community.  We will collect responses to the survey through April 15, 2013, and will post results and analysis on the AAVSO website in mid-May 2013.

Words of Remembrance for Janet A. Mattei


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Our prayers are with Janet and Michael, I lost my father last month who got me started in astronomy. This year has started out rough for me with the lost of my father and Janet. I am happy to know that when I look up at the night sky I know that my father and Janet are looking down at me and encouraging me to keep observing variable stars. —Paul Kneipp

Words of Remembrance for Janet A. Mattei



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I have just returned from the National Science Festival here in SA and was unable to access my e-mail whilst there.

Words of Remembrance for Janet A. Mattei

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It was with deep sorrow that I learned of the death of Dr. Janet Mattei. It is great loss for amateur and professional astronomy. Please accept my sincere condolences. —Jerzy Speil (Poland)

Words of Remembrance for Janet A. Mattei

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After not reading it for many, many weeks, this morning I decided to catch up on the latest on the AAVSO discussion list. Instead, I suddenly found myself thrown into another, sad, Universe, as I read about Janet's death. Devastating and surreal...

Words of Remembrance for Janet A. Mattei


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I received the news with great pain. I had the privilege of meet she in Montevideo, 1992 in one Convention of LIADA. (Liga Iberoamericana de Astronomia) I would also like to express my condolences to Dr. Mattei's family and friends. —Esmeralda Mallada (Uruguay)

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