As many of you know, the International Year of Astronomy (IYA) 2009 began the 1st of January. The American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) has made the coming eclipse (in July) of the mysterious star system epsilon Aurigae a cornerstone event. While the AAVSO will be handling mainly visual observation, there is a Campaign already set up to handle photometric, spectroscopic, polarimetry and Interferometry data. Bob Stencel (University of Denver) and I started an Epsilon Aurigae Campaign a few years ago. To date we have published 9 Campaign Newsletters. The 10th is about ready. These Newsletters are free and can be downloaded from the Campaign web site as .pdf files. In addition to the Newsletters there is much reference material on the web site. http://www.hposoft.com/Campaign09.html Anyone interest in astronomy and this most interesting star system is encouraged to investigate further. Jeff The below is from Aaron price of the AAVSO. ****************************************************** Eps Aur and the 2009 International Year of Astronomy Aaron Price AAVSO http://www.aavso.org/aavso/iya.shtml In August, 2007 the United States IYA working group for citizen science chose the Eps Aur project as its cornerstone IYA event. The AAVSO is the main hosting organization for the project which also involves the Adler Planetarium, the California Academy of Science and Johns Hopkins University. A large, 3-year funding proposal has been submitted to fund the project. Early response has been very favorable and a decision is expected by the end of January. If funded, the project will be very large in scope. The goal of the project is to involve the public in every aspect of the scientific process. It begins with data collection (with an emphasis on visual observing, but photometric observing is also included) but also includes components for analyzing data and eventually writing a scientific paper that will be peer reviewed and (if accepted) published in a special edition of the Journal of the AAVSO. Public workshops will be planned for the summers of 2009 (Chicago) and 2010 (San Francisco) with the goal to teach participants about data analysis and scientific writing. Travel grants will be available on a competitive basis (similar to the AAVSO/NASA High Energy Astrophysics workshops from 2000-2006). There will be significant education and public outreach activity as well, including the creation of a short planetarium show and interactive 3D visualizations. It will all be coordinated through a new web site called "Home Base", being designed by the AAVSO webmaster and one of the webmasters of the GalaxyZoo site. The site will involve blogs by professional and amateur astronomers, discussion forums, new java-based data analysis tools and more. If the project is not funded, then the AAVSO will continue to run the campaign as it would run other major campaigns. However, the focus will be on amateur astronomers and data collection with less focus on the general public and data analysis. Cross your fingers! -------------------------------- The United Nations has officially declared 2009 to be the International Year of Astronomy. The United States IYA Program Committee has created a Research Experiences for Students, Teachers and Citizen Science working group. That group has chosen the Eps Aur eclipse as the focus of their 2009 efforts. The AAVSO has submitted a proposal to the National Science Foundation to create the largest active research citizen science project in history. If funded, the program will recruit members of the public to observe Eps Aur -- Jeff Hopkins HPO SOFT Counting Photons http://www.hposoft.com/Astro/astro.html Hopkins Phoenix Observatory 7812 West Clayton Drive Phoenix, Arizona 85033-2439 U.S.A. (623)849-5889 (623) 247-1190 (Fax) www.hposoft.com -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.