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Spring 2012Mercury Magazine

Contents and Select Excerpts
Vol. 41 No. 2
Spring 2012

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Lighting the Fire, Don McCarthy
The University of Arizona's Astronomy Camps promote an authentic understanding of science, research, and engineering among young students and adults by providing unique, hands-on, immersion adventures in scientific exploration via astronomy and related subjects at high-altitude observatories.

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Creative Teaching with Astronomically Inspired Music, Matthew Whitehouse
Since 2006, I have helped students explore the connections between music and astronomy for The University of Arizona's Astronomy Camp. This exploration takes the form of a series of 15- to 20-minute presentations at the beginning of each night of Camp.

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Kepler: A Harbinger for Astrobiology, Trevor Quirk
Astrobiology, long perceived as a disparate collection of different sciences, is coming into its own thanks to the successful mission of the Kepler spacecraft.

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Astronomy in the News
New looks at Mercury and Vesta, a Martian dust devil, and when dark energy turned on — these are some of the discoveries that recently made news in the astronomical community.

 

Departments

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Editorial, Paul Deans
Where Are All the Good UFO Photos?

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First Word, James G. Manning
Real Things

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Echoes of the Past, Katherine Bracher
80 Years Ago: The Size of the Universe

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Annals of Astronomy, Clifford J. Cunningham
Gascoigne at 400

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Astronomer's Notebook, Jennifer Birriel
Properties of Green Pea Galaxies

10

Planetary Perspectives, Daniel D. Durda
Hard Budget Times Ahead

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Armchair Astrophysics, Christopher Wanjek
A Brief, Bold Look at Antimatter

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Education Matters, David Bruning
The Doorway of Forgetfulness

13

Reaching Out, James Lochner
NASA and the Arts

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Societal Impact, Trevor Quirk
Kepler: A Harbinger for Astrobiology

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Society Scope/ASP Supporters
Thank You to Our Supporters

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Sky Sights, Paul Deans
May's Annular Solar Eclipse

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Reflections, Paul Deans
June 5/6: the Transit of Venus