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AAS Electronic Notification Service - Announcement #33 12/96

[Mailed from aas.org at 4:15pm 96Dec12]

CONTENTS

  1. TORONTO MEETING EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE
    Friday, 13 December 1997
  2. CORRECTIONS TO ASTRONOMICAL ALMANAC POSTED BY USNO
  3. FINAL REPORT OF THE TASK GROUP ON SCIENCE DATA MANAGEMENT IS NOW AVAILABLE
  4. GBI-NASA RADIO MONITORING PROGRAM

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1. JANUARY AAS TORONTO MEETING EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, 13 December 1996

The deadline to receive the discounted early registration fee is this Friday. The registration form is available on the Web at:

http://www.conference.com/aas/register.html

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2. CORRECTIONS TO ASTRONOMICAL ALMANAC POSTED BY USNO

Many observers obtain coordinates of celestial objects for planning or for instrument pointing from the Astronomical Almanac. We wish to draw attention to some errors in the volume for 1997. Coordinates tabulated in the Bright Stars list and the Globular Clusters list, in Section H of the Almanac, were accidentally calculated and printed for Julian Date 2440000.0 The page headings state that the coordinates are for 1997.5. Correct (1997.5) coordinates have been posted on the Web at http://aa.usno.navy.mil/AA

Push the button for "announcements" and follow the links.
Printed copies may be obtained by writing to:
Chief, Nautical Almanac Office
U.S. Naval Observatory
3450 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20392-5420

We apologize for any inconvenience the erroneous coordinates may have caused.

P. M. Janiczek,
Head, Astronomical Applications Dept.,
U.S. Naval Observatory

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3. FINAL REPORT OF THE TASK GROUP ON SCIENCE DATA MANAGEMENT IS NOW AVAILABLE
By Jeffrey Linsky, JILA, University of Colorado

Earlier this year NASA commissioned a Task Group on Science Data Management to advise the Office of Space Sciences on how best to safeguard and provide access to the rapidly increasing archive of space science data. These data sets include all data obtained in space for astrophysics, planetary sciences, space physics, and Earth observing. The Final Report of the Task Group, which is now a public document, should guide NASA's future policies concerning this vital topic. You can retrieve the Report via anonymous FTP from pandora.colorado.edu in the directory pub/jvalenti/NASA. The files are:

report.ps - postscript version
report.ps.gz - "gzipped" postscript version (binary)

The Report may also be found on the Web at the following address:

http://adc.gsfc.nasa.gov/~gass/linsky/report_available.html

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4. GBI-NASA RADIO MONITORING PROGRAM
By Marco Tavani and Robert M. Hjellming

The Green Bank Interferometer (GBI) resumed operation as a radio monitoring instrument on 22 Nov. 1996. The GBI is a two telescope interferometer that operates simultaneously at 2.7 and 8.3 GHz. During the last two decades the GBI program has evolved from doing radio astrometry and interstellar scintillation towards X-ray binaries and X-ray active AGN's. Due to changes in funding, it was shut down at the end of March 1996, but has now resumed observations as an instrument operated by NRAO and supported by the NASA High Energy Astrophysics program. The GBI-NASA steering committee has adopted the policy that all GBI data will be made publicly available via anonymous ftp (osiris.gb.nrao.edu and cd to /gbi/dist/data) and internet Web page

http://www.gb.nrao.edu/gbint/GBINT.html

Sources that are targets for multiwavelength campaigns, particularly if they involve X-ray and Gamma-ray observations, may be added to the program. Information on the current observing program, and procedures for adding sources to the program, can be obtained from the GBI Web page.

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