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Jan/Feb 2004Mercury Magazine Contents and Select Excerpts
Vol. 33 No. 1
January/February 2004
 
Mercury is a bi-monthly membership magazine.
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Page Article
13 Keep an Eye on Hypergiant Rho Cassiopeiae, Alex Lobel
An eruption in 1946 of mighty Rho Cassiopeiae put the astronomy community on guard, and recent, exciting changes in the star may portend something big and explosive for it in the near future.
20 Archaeoastronomy and the Ancient Maya World, Edwin L. Barnhart
Nearly two millennia ago, the Maya were putting mathematics and celestial observations to use in their calendrical system, architecture, and ritual. Today, archaeoastronomers are working to piece their science and culture back together.
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Truth and Beauty in Cosmology: Does the Universe Have an Aesthetic?, Chris Impey
Astronomy is an empirical science, yet scientific definitions of truth and beauty are closely tied to the fact that mathematics appears to provide an accurate description of the physical Universe.

Departments
4 Editorial, James C. White II
Casting Stones Toward the Heavens
5

Living Universe, Monika Kress
Supernovae and the Solar System

6 Planetary Perspectives, Daniel D. Durda
Radar Glints from Ethane Lakes
7 Lives of Stars, Jennifer Birriel
The Galaxy’s Oldest Stars
8 Armchair Astrophysics, Christopher Wanjek
A New View of the Milky Way
9 Annals of Astronomy, Clifford Cunningham
The Reach of Gravity
10 Echoes of the Past, Katherine Bracher
The Maria Mitchell Observatory
11 Celestial Wonderings, Lou Mayo
Hello Saturn, Goodbye Mars
12 Observer's Page, John Shibley
Look Long and Prosper
41 Works of Note
42 Sky Events, Richard Talcott
December/January Sky Map | February Sky Map | March Sky Map
44 Society Scope
46 2003 Supporters
 
 

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