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Apr/May/Jun 2007Mercury Magazine

Contents and Select Excerpts
Vol. 36 No. 2
Spring 2007

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Page Article
12 The Cosmos in the Classroom Conferences, Andrew Fraknoi
A popular series of meetings is drawing praise for nurturing the growth of astronomy and space science education in the United States.
18 The Power of Zeus, James C. White II
A clap of thunder tells us lightning is nearby, but these atmospheric sparks have been observed in other planets' atmospheres, too.
26 Planet-Hunting, "Transit-Style", Bandu Jayawardene, Graeme White, David Blank, Alex Hons, Arie Verveer, and James Biggs
Small variations in a star's brightness may suggest intrinsic variability, but they might also betray the presence of a planet orbiting the star.

32 Learning and Communicating Across Disciplines, Anna H. Spitz
The University of Arizona's LAPLACE facilitates interactions between life and physical sciences through joint research in astrobiology.
4 Editorial, James C. White II
Smacked to the Stars
5 Armchair Astrophysics, Christopher Wanjek
Insights Bring More Confusion

6 Planetary Perspectives, Daniel D. Durda
A New Spin on Small Asteroids
7 Echoes of the Past, Katherine Bracher
The Rings of Uranus
8 Astronomer's Notebook, Jennifer Birriel
Sources of Cosmic Infrared Background
9 Annals of Astronomy, Clifford J. Cunningham
Who Discovered Jupiter’s Satellites
10 Societal Impact , Michael G. Gibbs
In the National Interest
11 Education Matters, David Bruning
38 Works of Note
40 Sky Events, Richard Talcott

44 Society Scope
46 Last Word, Michael Bennett