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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Aug 3, 2009 3:27:39 GMT -6
- AAVSO/Citizen Sky Public Outreach Project -
Every 27.1 years, a star called "epsilon Aurigae", dims... for about 640 to 730 days, then returns to it's 3rd magnitude state. Very unusual for a star to exhibit such blatent change of brightness, (and for reasons not truly known)...and we are due to observe it's next dimming this fall/winter.
The American Association of Variable Star Observers ( www.aavso.org/ ) - have organized a great public outreach effort in recognition of this observable occurance...
...The mission: To get as many people involved, in not only observing this star change magnitudes, but gather and share valuable data on this rare event.
The Adler Planetarium ( www.adlerplanetarium.org )will host a four day conference on this topic for astronomers from all over the country- starting with a Opening Reception on Tuesday evening, the 4th of August.
The Chicago Astronomer has been invited to participate in this prestigious conference and learn about observing, documenting and reporting this event to the astronomical community. I anticipate this coming week and attending the informative and learning workshops. I will also host a mini star party on Thursday evening, the 6th of August, by the Adler Planetarium for the attendees of the conference and eager to meet and greet all participants.
There will be ongoing observational data, reports and narratives on the conference, along with pics and interviews.
Post by Michael Overacker on Aug 6, 2009 6:47:17 GMT -6
It was a pleasure to meet and talk to you at the Citizen Sky event. I decide to visit your site and I like it. Thatnks for your dedication and hard work for the astronomy community in the Chicago area, as well as around the world.
Post by Kevin Rasso on Aug 9, 2009 13:17:43 GMT -6
Joe, No problem! I'll send you an email with our club's logo, and you'll have to do the same. I've been wanting to create a links section on our website for a while now...this is just the excuse. Later, Kevin