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AAS Electronic Notification Service - Announcement #60 10/98

[Mailed from aas.org at 4:15pm 15 OCT 1998]

CONTENTS

  1. ABSTRACTS FOR AUSTIN MEETING DUE 21 OCTOBER
  2. STATUS OF HST SECOND DECADE STUDY
  3. OBSERVING OPPORTUNITY AT THE SOUTH POLE

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1. ABSTRACTS FOR AUSTIN MEETING DUE 21 OCTOBER

Abstracts for presentation at the 193rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society, 5-9 January 1999 in Austin, TX will be accepted through 9pm next Wednesday, 21 October 1999.

Though this is an abstract deadline there is nothing abstract, conceptual or theoretical about it. Please, please, please do not wait until the last minute.

http://www.aas.org/meetings/aas193/prelim/prelim.html

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2. STATUS OF HST SECOND DECADE STUDY

The first-meeting proceedings of the HST Second Decade study, as well as all the study's working papers, are open and available now at

http://sso.stsci.edu/second_decade/

The purpose of this study is to develop a strategic plan for the Hubble Space Telescope in its second ten years of operation. NASA has asked the Space Telescope Science Institute to lead and conduct the study on behalf of the scientific community. The first meeting was held in Baltimore on 7-8 July 1998. The second meeting will be in Garching, Germany, on 17-18 November 1998.

Your interest and input in this study are valuable and welcome. There is alot of material at the WWW site, and we hope you will familiarize yourself with the range of complex issues before the committee, as well as the range of interesting opinions expressed. We hope to have your ideas and opinions too! The WWW site provides you an easy way to address email to any or all of the committee members. Input to the chair (rbrown@stsci.edu) will be posted at the site. (Editorial and technical suggestions are also most welcome.)

Robert A. Brown, Chair, HST Second Decade study.

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3. OBSERVING OPPORTUNITY AT THE SOUTH POLE
Proposals Due: 1 December 1998

The Center for Astrophysical Research in Antarctica (CARA) and the National Optical Astronomy Observatories (NOAO) announce the availability of telescope time on the SPIREX/Abu facility at the South Pole. SPIREX/Abu is a 60-cm telescope with a 1024 x 1024 InSb detector array. Approximately 30% of the time during the next austral winter (March through October 1999) will be made available to the astronomical community through a peer-review process. All observations will be taken in queue mode.

Proposals are being accepted through the NOAO Web-based proposal form - see the URL http://www.noao.edu/noaoprop/. The deadline  for proposals for this observing opportunity is Tuesday evening at midnight MST 1 December 1998.

The Abu IR instrument/detector combination provides a spectral range of 2.4 - 4.8 microns, with a pixel scale of 0.6 arcsec per pixel and a field-of-view of 10.2 arc minutes on a side. See more about this capability and sample data on the NOAO SPIREX/Abu Web page at http://www.noao.edu/scope/south_pole/.

Todd Boroson

[Editor's Note: At the time we mailed this message, the NOAO Web-based proposal form was not available for browsing. It should be reposted momentarily.]
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