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 Post subject: AAVSO 100th Anniversary
PostPosted: November 27th, 2011, 9:29 pm 
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The American Association of Variable Star Observers celebrated its centennial this year. The group is world-renowned for its work visually observing Miras, RV Tauris, RR Lyraes, cataclysmic variables and the like. Its work is extremely important. Looking at the list of papers that reference AAVSO measurements, I see that the latest one (14 October) has a first author of none other than Geoff Clayton!

The organization had a contest to acquire a new logo but ultimately decided to retain the one designed in 1954. Call me old-fashioned but I'm glad.

One of BRAS' own, John N., just recently completed the course for becoming a variable observer. Congratulations, John!

More information:
http://www.aavso.org/celebrating-100-years


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PostPosted: July 8th, 2013, 6:58 pm 
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Since John N. joined it I've been thinking about the AAVSO a little more. I visited its website a few minutes ago and it looks like it's still going strong. There is a current alert notice for AG Draconis; the variable star observations in its database has topped 23.6 million.


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PostPosted: September 14th, 2017, 12:33 pm 
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A wonderful colloquium is taking place this afternoon at LSU. Dr. Stella Kafka, the Director of the AAVSO, will be speaking in 109 Nicholson at 3:30pm CDT. Professor Arlo Landolt will serve as host.

More information:
http://www.lsu.edu/physics/colloquia-seminars/Kafka_colloquium.php


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PostPosted: September 18th, 2017, 11:40 am 
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Dr. Kafka gave a very informative and entertaining presentation. She stressed that the AAVSO was a extremely important professional-amateur collaboration. Happily about thirty to forty people attended (mostly of course from the P&A Department).

About Dr. Kafka:
https://www.aavso.org/stella-kafka
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/new-director-aavso-110414/


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