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Spring 2008Mercury Magazine

Contents and Select Excerpts
Vol. 37 No. 2
Spring 2008

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Page Article
14 Sharing Astronomy with the World, Mike Simmons
Astronomy connects us in a way no other science can. Astronomers Without Borders draws on this common interest to link stargazing enthusiasts worldwide.
20 GLAST: Exploring the Extreme Universe, Robert Naeye and David J. Thompson
NASA's Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST) will give scientists an unprecedented look at active galaxies, supernovae, neutron stars, and even solar flares.
24 So You Want to be a Professional Astronomer!, Duncan Forbes
If you're going after a career in astronomy, be warned: It is extremely competitive! But if you want to join the elite ranks of professional astronomy, here's what to do.

29 Astronomy in the News
Doubt about recent water flows on Mars, an organic molecule on an exoplanet, and the smallest known black hole -- these are some of the discoveries that have recently made news in the astronomical community.

Departments
4 Editorial, Paul Deans
Transition
5 First Word, James G. Manning
Snapshots in History

7 Astronomer's Notebook, Jennifer Birriel
Pinning Down Quasar Lifetimes
8 Planetary Perspectives, Daniel D. Durda
Outstanding in the Field
9 Armchair Astrophysics, Christopher Wanjek
To the Beginning of Time
10 Echoes of the Past, Katherine Bracher
75 & 50 Years Ago: The Solar Cycle
11 Annals of Astronomy, Clifford J. Cunningham
A Keplerian Horoscope
12 Education Matters, David Bruning
The Luxury of Teaching Science
13 Societal Impact, Michael G. Gibbs
Advancing Science Literacy Through Astronomy

35 Society Scope
Society Awards
40 Sky Sights, Paul Deans
The stars of May, June, and July
43 Reflections, Simon Winston-Macauley
Sir Arthur C. Clarke: A Quiz