Issue of February 6, 2009
eds. Joan Schmelz, Caroline Simpson & Michele Montgomery
This week's issues:
1. Thanks to Henrietta Leavitt
From: Nancy Evans [evans_at_head.cfa.harvard.edu]
To celebrate the centennial of Henrietta Leavitt's first discussion of the Cepheid Period-Luminosity law, an afternoon Symposium "Thanks to Henrietta Leavitt" was held Nov. 6, 2008, at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Speakers included: George Johnson (New York Times, "The Search for Henrietta Leavitt" based on his recent biography), Wendy Freedman ("The Leavitt Period-Luminosity Relation: Past, Current, Future"), Fritz Benedict ("Galactic Cepheid Astrometry with the Hubble Space Telescope in Aid of the Cosmic Distance Scale"), Nancy Remage Evans ("Multiplicity and Masses of Cepheids: Fundamental Parameters"), Gail Schaefer ("Direct Detection of the Close Companion of Polaris with the Hubble Space Telescope"), Massimo Marengo ("Galactic Cepheids as Seen with Spitzer"), and (in absentia) Annie Baglin ("Pulsation in the Era of Corot"). Alison Doane provided a display of plates and notebooks actually used by Henrietta Leavitt.
Power point versions of the talks, as well as pictures from the event can be found at:
As a result of the meeting, a letter was sent to the AAS Council to request them to encourage the use of the "Leavitt Law" for the Cepheid Period-Luminosity Relation because of the continuing significance of the this discovery and the AAS has agreed.Back to top.
2. The Doctor is In
From: Hannah_at_Women in Astronomy Blog, Feb 3, 2009
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3. The New Girls’ Network
From: Hannah_at_Women in Astronomy Blog, Feb 2, 2009
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