AstroLunch: Stella Kafka (AAVSO)

March 25, 2016 - 12:00pm
Title: The AAVSO Program: A Resource for Variable Star Research
Abstract:
The AAVSO was formed in 1911 as a group of US-based amateur observers obtaining data in support of professional astronomy
projects. Now, it has evolved into an International Organization with members and observers from both the professional and non-professional astronomical community, contributing photometry to a public photometric database of about 22,000 variable objects, and using it for research projects. As such, the AAVSO’s main claim to fame is that it successfully engages backyard Astronomers, educators, students and professional astronomers in astronomical research.
I will present the main aspects of the association and how it has evolved with time to become a premium resource for variable star researchers. I will also discuss the various means that the AAVSO is using to support cutting-edge variable star science, and how it engages its members in projects building a stronger international astronomical community.

Location and Address

321 Allen Hall