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AAS Electronic Notification Service - Announcement #15


  1. EApJL HUT Issue On-Line
  2. San Antonio Abstract Deadline - 10/27/95 MIDNIGHT
  3. Memorial Service for Gerard de Vaucouleurs
  4. NCSA Releases Visualization Software Tool
  5. New WWW Access to IRAS
  6. NASA Solicits Proposals for Long-Term Space Astrophysics Program



The November 20th issue of EApJ Letters will be on-line this week. This special issue is devoted to results from the Hopkins Ultraviolet Telescope (HUT) on the Astro-2 space shuttle mission. The EApJL can
be found on the WWW at



This Friday 27 October at midnight EST is the deadline for receipt of abstracts for the next AAS Meeting in San Antonio.



Friends and Colleagues of Gerard de Vaucouleurs are invited to a  Memorial Service in his honor on Monday, November 6, 1995, in the Fourth Floor Atrium Room of the Flawn Academic Center at the University of Texas at Austin. The program will begin at 1:45 P.M.  with a reception to follow.

Dr. de Vaucouleurs, the Jane and Roland Blumberg Centennial Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, passed away on October 7th, 1995.

If you plan to attend, please contact Peggy Jennings at 512-471-7304, or by E-mail at to obtain parking instructions.

William H. Jefferys, Chair
Department of Astronomy
University of Texas at Austin



AIPSview - a new software tool - for the visualization of astronomy data is now available from the radio astronomy group at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

AIPSview currently provides display of 2D images, display of any orthogonal 2D slice from a 3D data cube, interactive display of values, coordinates and line profiles, animated sweeping (movies) through
slices along any dimension, synchronized picking and display of coordinates, data values, and line profiles for multiple data sets, synchronized animated sweeping (movie display of 2D slices) of multiple
data cubes, blinking between images, a complete colormap editor, and other features.

Beta level AIPSview software is now ready for use and feedback by the astronomy community. Executables are available for Sun, SGI, IBM, DEC, and HP workstations running Unix and X Windows. The source code (C++)
is also available.

A more complete description of AIPSview, a snapshot tour of AIPSview capabilities, an html User Guide, and download capabilities for both executables and source code may be obtained at:

AIPSview has been developed as part of the AIPS++ project, and will become the main system for AIPS++ graphics, raster image display, volumetric 3D display, and interactive image data analysis.



The NASA/GSFC Astrophysics Data Facility (ADF) announces a new service to facilitate access to the Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS) data held in NASA's Data Archive and Distribution Service (NDADS). All 23
IRAS data products, ranging from sky survey images to catalogs of point sources, with a total volume of approximately 80 Gbytes, are accessible through the new WWW-based interface, which also has collected basic documentation about the data products.

IRAS mapped the sky with three nearly-complete sky coverages in four infrared bands (12, 25, 60, and 100 microns) during its 10-month mission in 1983. In addition to the detectors used for the sky survey, the focal plane included a low-resolution IR spectrometer, which was used to obtain spectra of several thousand bright point sources observed in the surveys, and a two-band IR photometer, used to make small maps of selected regions at 50 and 100 microns.

Two basic data products from the IRAS mission, the Point Source Catalog of some 250,000 sources and the IRAS Sky Survey Atlas of images are well known, but several others have not been widely distributed or conveniently accessible before. Among these are the Pointed Observations catalog of about 7000 sensitive, non survey-mode observations of selected sources and the Point Source Reject catalog, which contains candidate point sources which failed one or more of the selection tests for inclusion in the Point Source Catalog.

The IRAS pages may be accessed at the following URL:

A forms-compatible browser is required to identify images of interest and to request data. (If you lack access to such a browser, you may follow the instructions provided at to submit an e-mail request for data from NDADS.) User comments and suggestions about the service are solicited and a feedback form is provided.



by Guenter Riegler (NASA HQ) and James Schombert (JPL/NASA HQ)

The NASA Research Announcement (NRA) for the Long-Term Space Astrophysics Program (NRA 95-OSS-16), released October 11, 1995, specified proposal submission at any time during the period ending January 11, 1996. This NASA Research Announcement (NRA) solicits basic research proposals relating to the analysis of data from space astrophysics observations. The purpose of this program is to enhance research in space astrophysics by providing a stable long-term source of support, typically for five years; and to strengthen the United States (U.S.) long-term research base in space astrophysics. This program is open to researchers at all categories of organizations, domestic and foreign, including educational institutions, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, NASA centers, and other Government agencies.

The LTSA program solicits proposals for research in astrophysics whose dominant emphasis is the analysis and interpretation of data from past, current, and future space astrophysics missions. In support of that activity, but as a secondary emphasis, the proposed research may include theoretical research, numerical modeling, use of existing data from ground-based or suborbital observations, and laboratory astrophysics measurements. The LTSA Research Program is intended to support research in space astrophysics that is substantial and cohesive and whose duration and scope go beyond those of the typical proposal funded by other NASA space astrophysics programs, such as the Astrophysics Theory Program, the Astrophysics Data Program, and mission-oriented observing programs.

The NRA appendices are available through anonymous file-transfer-protocol (ftp) from Internet host ASCII and Postscript files for the NRA, all Appendices and required forms are located in the directory
"/pub/astrophysics/NRAs/LTSA/95-OSS-16" or use the Web tool at URL For further information, please contact Dr. James Schombert, Astrophysics Division, Code SZ, National
Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington DC 20546, telephone (202) 358-0355, or email