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Extra, Extra, Read All About It

Posted by SXN on December 22, 2011 - 11:00pm

There are hundreds of astronomy clubs and astronomical societies in the world, and one thing almost all of them have in common is they produce a monthly newsletter. Not too surprisingly, a lot of them have very similar names, like 'Prime Focus' or 'The Reflector'. Put together by volunteers, some of these newsletters are first rate publications. I've seen some that have full color layouts and typesetting like a magazine you could buy off the rack.


The newsletter editors of these clubs and societies deserve a pat on the back for all the hard work they do keeping their members informed and entertained month after month. It's not easy. One thing all these editors have in common is the never ending challenge of trying to come up with interesting, relevant content to fill their pages. That is where the AAVSO can help.

The AAVSO Writers Bureau is a free service for astronomy clubs and astronomical societies that provides articles and illustrations for publication. It is a password protected blog, featuring hundreds of articles written by science and astronomy bloggers who have given permission to have their copyrighted content reproduced in monthly astronomy newsletters free of charge. The articles are almost exclusively about stellar astronomy and the Sun: variable stars, stellar evolution, exoplanet transits, supernovae, aurora, space weather, sunspots, etc. We are the AAVSO after all, so you won't find pieces on the Moon, Jupiter or the Great Pluto Debate.

If you are the newsletter editor of your club, or if you think your newsletter editor would find this useful, contact us at aavso@aavso.org for more information. 

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