We are nearing the end of the first quarter of our centennial year. This is a good time to take a look at what has transpired thus far and what is yet to come.
The Twenty Million and Counting! Contest is over now that the database has passed this milestone. The winner, with the prediction closest to the actual day of the milestone was Christopher Watson of San Diego, California.
We have some observers who have crossed the finish line early in the 100 Stars in 100 Days Challenge. The object of this challenge is to observe 100 different variable stars in 100 days. The official announcements will begin on day 101, Monday, April 11, 2011, but here are some preliminary results.
NOTE: These are the number of distinct stars observed by these observers in the last 100 days as of this writing. These are not official results, which will begin being announced April 11, 2011.
Everyone who completes the challenge will be given a certificate. These will be awarded at the fall 2011 meeting in Woburn, Mass. Those observers will have another reason to come to the fall meeting now!
Sales of Centennial T-Shirts has reached the 25% level. Remember, this is a fundraiser. Your $50.00 donation in exchange for a t-shirt will help pay for all the special events and activities associated with this once in a lifetime event. You can purchase them for friends, or simply send in a donation for several t-shirts and let the AAVSO distribute them as door prizes and promotional materials. Get them while there are still shirts in your size! http://www.aavso.org/centennial-t-shirt-fundraiser
Centennial Trivia Contest
This contest has turned into a hotly contested matter, with Jeremy Shears fiercely holding onto his early lead, in spite of several late-comers who have been giving a high percentage of correct answers. The current overall leaders are listed below (March 16, 2011)
New Logo Contest
Break out your art programs, paintbrushes or crayons, folks. There is still time for you to submit your ideas. Submissions for the AAVSO new logo contest are due in by July 1, 2001. Artists may submit more than one design. So far we have three submissions.
We have suggested some guidelines:
- It should have a variable star theme
- Limit it to 2-3 colors
- It should be very easy to read
- Keep the artwork simple and clean
Please submit your artwork at 300dpi, using vector graphics.
For more details and contest rules see: http://www.aavso.org/logo-contest
We would like AAVSO'ers to post pictures of themselves with a piece of AAVSO memorabilia (wearing a hat, a T-shirt, holding a mug, with your member certificate, etc.) in an interesting location. Pictures in famous places are great, but you can also post picture of a location that you personally find interesting (a local town sign, local astronomy club meeting place, your observatory, etc.)
Star Party Talks
The schedule of 2011 events featuring AAVSO staff presentations has filled out nicely, with speaking engagements beginning April 14, at the Northeast Astro Imaging Conference in Suffern, NY and the RASC Toronto Centre, April 20. AAVSO staff will also be featured speakers at the Nebraska, Texas, Table Mountain, Stellafane and Saskatechwan star parties this year.
For the calendar of events featuring AAVSO staff see: