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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.
Departments
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
Astounding!
38 Works of Note
40 Sky Events, Richard Talcott

44 Society Scope
46 Last Word, Michael Bennett
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