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August 2007

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Our mission is to promote astronomy as a hobby and science, to encourage women and girls interested in astronomy, and to be a resource to the astronomy community and the public at large.
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In This Issue:

1.) Publisher's Desk For August 2007
2.) Musings: Mars Needs Women
3.) Letters To The Editor
4.) Feature Article: Antonia Maury: A Spectral Star, by Debra L. Davis
5.) Ask Urania: Who is Urania?
6.) Cosmic Campus: Comparison of Impact Craters on Europa and Mars, by Debra L. Davis
7.) Links
8.) Woman Astronomer Wanted
9.) Call for Submissions

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What's New!
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Seeing in the Dark, a film by Timothy Ferris. Coming to PBS on September 19, 2007, 8:00 p.m. (check local listings).

Award winning author Timothy Ferris wrote, produced, and narrates this film based on his 2002 book Seeing in the Dark: How Amateur Stargazers Are Probing Deep Space and Guarding Earth from Interplanetary Peril.

Seeing in the Dark is meant to alter, inspire and illuminate the lives of millions,” said Ferris. “It introduces viewers to the rewards of first-person hands-on astronomy--from kids learning the constellations to amateur astronomers doing professional-grade research in discovering planets and exploding stars. I hope it will encourage many viewers to make stargazing part of their lives, and a few to get into serious amateur astronomy.”

Two women astronomers are also in the film. Debra Fischer, exo-planet discoverer, and Barbara Wilson, “one of the most sharp-eyed visual observers on Earth.”

This DVD and book are available at Amazon.com. Support theWoman Astronomer by clicking through to Amazaon.com from our site:
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1. Publisher's Desk
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Want to get up close and personal with Mars? You have the opportunity to help analyze images and even propose image targets for the HiRISE camera, billed as the People’s Camera, currently in orbit around the red planet on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Opportunities abound to do some real science on Mars.

To check it out, go to:
http://hirise.lpl.arizona.edu/

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2. Musings
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Mars Needs Women

My love of astronomy grew its first roots in the B-rated medium of serials at Saturday movie matinees, feeding off an out-of-this-world diet of the adventures of Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers.

Since those days in the early 1960s, Mars has held a particular fascination for me. I've attempted to remember when this interest first presented itself and, to the best of my recollection, I think it lies in a science fiction novel.

Read the rest of my musing here:
http://www.womanastronomer.com/FTEMusings.htm

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3. Letters to the Editor
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Lorelei Parker and I were trading messages today regarding an article she's working on for Astronomy Technology Today and she mentioned you and theWoman Astronomer. I can't tell you how pleased I was to learn of your Web site. Less than 2% of our present subscriber base is made up of women and that is a situation that I simply do not understand and would like to correct.

Read the rest of the posted Letters to the Editor at:
http://www.womanastronomer.com/FTETotheEditor.htm

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4. Feature Article
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Antonia Maury: A Spectral Star

1866-1952

“The human brain is greater yet, because it can comprehend it all.”

Antonia Caetana de Paiva Pereira Maury was born in Cold Spring, New York on March 21, 1866. Her father, Mytton Maury, was a protestant minister and her mother, Virginia Draper Maury, was Henry Draper’s sister. Maury graduated with honors from Vassar College in 1887 and was a student of Maria Mitchell.

Due to the endowment to Harvard College Observatory for the Henry Draper Catalogue project by her aunt Anna Draper, Maury was hired by Pickering as a computer in 1888. She was responsible for cataloguing and computing stellar spectra for stars in the northern hemisphere. Maury, however, was not satisfied to merely perform mundane calculations.

Read the entire article here:
http://www.womanastronomer.com/amaury.htm

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5. Ask Urania
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This is a new section where the Muse of Astronomy will answer your questions. First up...

Who is Urania?

To read the Muse’s reply, go to:
http://www.womanastronomer.com/ask_urania.htm

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6. Cosmic Campus
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Comparison of Impact Craters on Europa and Mars, by Debra L. Davis.

This paper was written December 8, 2003. Geology of the Solar System class, Planetary Sciences Department, University of Arizona, Professor David Kring.

Impact cratering is a cataclysmic process that occurs on every body throughout the Solar System. The effect it has on each body, however, is not the same. There are many factors to be considered when studying craters on a planet. There is the type of impactor, as well as the characteristics of the planet that is impacted.

Though all planets experience geologic processes, not all of those processes occur on all planets. One process, however, does. That process is impact by comets or asteroids which leave scars on the terrain in the form of craters.

Read the entire story here:
http://www.womanastronomer.com/europa_mars_craters.htm

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7. Links
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We’ve updated our Links page and added some new sites we hope you will find interesting.

Go here to find sites of women astronomers, reports about the status of women in astronomy, and organizations and businesses:
http://www.womanastronomer.com/links.htm

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8. Woman Astronomer Wanted
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The following positions are listed as a public service and were obtained from the e-newsletter of the American Astronomical Society's division of the Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy (CSWA).

+Nominations Requested for Annie Jump Cannon Award
+Assistant Scientist with ALMA
+Head of Interferometry Data Analysis, EVLA & ALMA
+Jansky Fellowships 2008
+L'Oreal USA Fellowships for Women in Science

See the entire list with details here:
http://www.womanastronomer.com/wawanted.htm

Please consider supporting theWoman Astronomer by advertising your positions on this page. Click here to visit our advertising page:
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9. Call for Submissions
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Have you written a paper on astronomy, planetary science, women in astronomy? Would you like to share it with our readers? Shelby Cook, a 10th grade student, did and the professional astronomers loved it!

Are you an amateur astronomer? A professional? A student? Are you doing some interesting research you would like to share? Send us an email with a brief summary of your proposal to saturna2@earthlink.net for consideration.

Thank you!


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