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Spring 2011Mercury Magazine

Contents and Select Excerpts
Vol. 40 No. 2
Spring 2011

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Chandrasekhar: the Most Distinguished Astrophysicist of his Time, Richard E. White
Chandra's career, highlighted by the 1983 Nobel Prize in physics, spanned decades and continents.

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Chandra: The Man Behind the Science, Nalini Easwar
To the members of the family he evoked the feeling of a forbidding figure, but his gentle and approachable nature came through in every personal interaction.

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Extrasolar Planets: The Ongoing Saga, Paul Deans
Here is an assemblage of press releases and Web items spotlighting exoplanets, as astronomers draw closer to finding the Holy Grail of extrasolar worlds — an Earth-like planet in a star’s habitable zone.

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Astronomy in the News
Ripples in the rings of Jupiter, Voyager 1 nears the limit of the Sun’s solar wind, and a giant ring of black holes — these are some of the discoveries that recently made news in the astronomical community.

 

Departments

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Editorial, Paul Deans
Do You Explore?

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First Word, James G. Manning
Bueller Speaks

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Annals of Astronomy, Clifford J. Cunningham
Dual Birthdays: Wright and Pingré at 300

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Astronomer's Notebook, Jennifer Birriel
Refining the Extragalactic Distance Scale

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Planetary Perspectives, Daniel D. Durda
Swapping Comets with Our Stellar Siblings

9

Armchair Astrophysics, Christopher Wanjek
Crunchy Neutron Stars with a Liquid Core

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Education Matters, David Bruning
Creating the New Age of Education, Pt. II

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Reaching Out, James Lochner
The Year of the What?

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Society Scope/ASP Supporters
Meet Us in Baltimore

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Sky Sights, Paul Deans
Eclipses Galore

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Reflections, Thierry Legault
The Sun, an Eclipse, and the ISS