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Astronomers as Amateurs

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Thomas R. Williams

2701 Revere, #281, Houston, TX 77098

 

Abstract

 

The role of amateurs in astronomy is in need of redefinition. Such a redefinition would be consistent with recent sociological studies that distinguish avocation science from casual or recreational pursuits. While additional support and encouragement from professional astronomers will facilitate this development, the main initiative must come from amateurs.

 

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