AAVSO Star Assignment
Your asignment for this part of the course is to learn a bit about the AAVSO
(American Association of Variable Star Observers). The purpose of this project
is to give you an opportunity to explore an area of Astronomy where amateurs
like you and myself can make significant contributions to this science, and
do so from your backyard with a simple telescope and a few charts.
If you do not think that is me, way in that back row, then go
to enlargement for your proof :)
The purpose of this exercise is to introduce you to one of the
real areas in all of science where amateurs can make significant contributions.
The study of variable stars is of tremendous interest for the patterns of brightening
and dimming hold many of the clues to the evolution of stars. On any night,
you could go outside with a simple telescope and star chart and measure the
apparent magnitude of a variable star. The AAVSO is an organization that takes
the observations of its membership worldwide and incorporates the data into
light curves that the professionals can later interpret. Without the observations
of the amateurs, the professionals would not be able to unlock the secrets of
star death. For this reason, you have been brought here to learn a little more
about the AAVSO and things that you could do.
Remember, you need to click the submit button, or all
of this work is in vain. Now go to the Syllabus
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