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The AAVSO is an international non-profit organization whose mission is: to observe and analyze variable stars; to collect and archive observations for worldwide access; to forge strong collaborations between amateur and professional astronomers; and to promote scientific research and education using variable star data.

By Mike Simonsen on October 13, 2009 in

Date: October 13, 2009 Title: The Summer We Flew to the Moon Podcaster: Mike Simonsen Organization: Simostronomy- The Astronomy and Variable Star Blog http://simostronomy.blogspot.com/ Description: Today we go back to the 60’s, before man had landed on the moon, before Watergate, before personal computers, before the Internet, at the height of the race to land […]

By Mike Simonsen on August 7, 2009 in
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Date: August 7, 2009 Title: Eclipsing Binaries Podcaster: AAVSO, with Mike Simonsen, Virginia Renehan and Rebecca Turner. Organization: American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) http://www.aavso.org Description: Today we will discuss eclipsing binaries, variable stars that are actually two stars in orbit around each other, where one star periodically eclipses the light from its companion. […]

By Mike Simonsen on July 7, 2009 in
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Date: July 7, 2009 Title: The Mysterious Epsilon Aurigae Podcaster: Mike Simonsen of AAVSO Organization: AAVSO www.aavso.org Description: In this episode Mike interviews Rebecca Turner from the AAVSO to find out all about the strange star Epsilon Aurigae and the AAVSO’s Citizen Sky project to study it. This will be the largest citizen science research […]

By Mike Simonsen on June 7, 2009 in

Date: June 7, 2009 Title: The Brightest Stars In The Sky Podcaster: Mike Simonsen of AAVSO Organization: AAVSO www.aavso.org Description: In today’s episode we discuss the brightest stars in the sky, and the little known fact that about one in three of them is actually a variable star. Some of them vary so subtly you […]

By Mike Simonsen on May 7, 2009 in
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Date: May 7, 2009 Title: Variable Stars and the Stories They Tell Podcaster: Mike Simonsen Organization: American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) Description: In this episode of Restless Universe we discuss why variable stars are so important to astronomers and the impact variable star research has had on all aspects of astronomy. Bio: The […]