A r A S N e w s
N E W S L E T T E R OF THE
ARMENIAN ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY ( A r A S )
Editor: T.Yu.Magakian, firstname.lastname@example.org
The ArAS Newsletter in the INTERNET: http://www.aras.am
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1) Message from the President;
2) Announcement about
3) THE ARMENIAN ASTRONOMY, article from the EAS Newsletter;
4) Information on the First All-Armenian Annual Astronomical Meeting;
5) Announcement on the Biographical Dictionary ARMENIAN ASTRONOMERS;
7) Contact Information for
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
I have a great pleasure to congratulate all of you with the appearance of the first issue of the ArAS Electronic Newsletter "ArASNews". Our Society is making its first steps, and I believe we all wish a successful and real foundation as soon as possible. We have registered the society officially last August, have become an EAS Affiliated Society, distributed our first welcome announcement to Armenian astronomers, opened our web page recently (please check it at http://www.aras.am and send your comments and suggestions to our web master), we are on the way to organize our first meeting next June, organize and coordinate some activities in frame of the astronomical education in Armenia, and prepare for publication a biographical dictionary of all past and present Armenian astronomers.
We have already members among Armenian astronomers living and working outside
Let us wish a lot of enthusiasm and success to Dr. Tigran Magakian, the Editor of the Newsletter, to make it maximum interesting and useful for the Armenian astronomers all over the world.
Armenian Astronomical Society.
We have a great pleasure to announce the creation of the Armenian
Astronomical Society (
We have the pleasure to inform you that we plan to publish (and have
started to prepare) a biographical dictionary of all Armenian astronomers, and
would like to ask you to send your data to help this initiative. Also, our
First Annual Meeting will take place in June 2002 in
At present we have 43 members in the Society, we project that the membership will increase to some 100 members during this year.
For now our activities will concentrate in the following directions:
1) Invite new members to join the Society so that it becomes a really an
All-Armenian organization. Of course, astronomers of any nationality may enter
2) Establish several
3) Develop the ArAS Web Page with all information. It will probably have
mirror sites in the
4) Publish a paper Newsletter (1 issue per year) and an Electronic Newsletter
(1 issue per 3 months) and send it to all members, starting with this issue. They will give
information on the
5) Publish a book on "Armenian Astronomers", a biographical dictionary of all Armenian astronomers over the world. This will be the first such attempt, and we hope to collect information as much as possible on all members. This process has been started already. We enclose a form to collect data, including a 0.5-1 page text describing each person's achievements. Each individual will receive the text about themselves before publication.
6) Hold our first Annual Meeting in
7) Join other Armenian and International organizations.
8) Establish ArAS Annual Prizes: one for work in theoretical astrophysics (Ambartsumian Prize), and one for work in observational astrophysics (Markarian Prize), as well as a special prize for young astronomers.
9) Coordinate the astronomical education in
We would be happy to receive your opinions, suggestions and
recommendations on any topic concerning
It is a pleasure to invite all of you to become
Areg MICKAELIAN, Yervant TERZIAN,
Byurakan Obs., and Professor,
Armenian Astronomical Society.
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THE ARMENIAN ASTRONOMY
(Reprinted from the EAS Newsletter).
First studies at BAO related with the instability phenomena taking place in the Universe, and this trend became the main characteristic of the science activity in Byurakan. Discovery of stellar associations (1947), hypothesis about activity of galactic nuclei by V.A.Ambartsumian (1958), discovery and study of many Seyfert galaxies and QSOs, discovery of more than 1000 flare stars, dozens of Supernovae, hundreds of Herbig-Haro objects and cometary nebulae, valuable works in the field of radiative transfer theory, are the main scientific achievements of the Byurakan astronomers. The First and Second Byurakan surveys (FBS, 1965-1980, and SBS, 1978-1991) conducted due to tireless efforts of another famous Armenian astronomer, Beniamin Markarian (1913-1985) brought to the well-known Markarian galaxies and SBS objects, studied by many extragalactic astronomers.
Surveys and search for new objects are the traditional field for the Armenian astronomers: Markarian, Arakelian and Kazarian galaxies, Shahbazian groups are known to all astronomers. This tradition is being continued: searches for blue stellar objects and late-type stars; Herbig-Haro objects, H-alpha stars and stellar jets; optical identifications of IR, radio and X-ray sources, are among the main subjects of BAO's present activities. Other fields of investigations are: observational cosmology, theory of compact cosmic objects, and astrophysical applications of mathematical physics.
Main achievements of the Armenian astronomy are connected with
V.A.Ambartsumian, our greatest scientist. He was the IAU Vice-President in
1948-55 and President in 1961-64, twice elected the ICSU President (1968-72),
was honorary member of 28 academies and societies. Ambartsumian was the
President of the
After the disintegration of the
The main scientific instruments at BAO are: 2.6m telescope (equipped with ByuFOSC and SCORPIO focal reducers, and VAGR multi-pupil spectrograph), 1m and 0.5m Schmidt telescopes, a few other telescopes of 40-60 cm size, and the PDS microdensitometer. BAO has a big archive of photographic plates, including the Byurakan Surveys, 2650 plates, containing information on some 20,000,000 low-dispersion spectra of objects of the whole Northern sky and a part of the Southern sky at high galactic latitudes (b>15 deg), over an area of 17,000 sq. deg.
The Byurakan astronomers collaborate with scientists of
BAO is known for a number of important meetings held in Byurakan: IAU Symposia No. 29 held in 1966 (The Non-Stable Phenomena in Galaxies), No. 121: Observational Evidences of Activity in Galaxies (1986), No. 137: Flare Stars in Star Clusters, Associations and Solar Vicinity (1989), and No. 194: Activity in Galaxies and Related Phenomena (1998); IAU Colloquium No. 184: AGN Surveys (2001); the First International Symposium on Communications with Extraterrestrial Intelligence (CETI) in 1971; ESO-Byurakan School in 1987, and many others.
BAO is the main astronomical centre in
· Garni Space Astronomy Institute (space astronomy);
· Yerevan Physics Institute (YerPhI): Theoretical Physics Division (cosmology and gravitation) and Cosmic Ray Division (high-energy astrophysics);
28 Armenian astronomers are IAU members and 25 are EAS members; some are members of other international societies and organizations.
Since 1965, the journal Astrofizika is being published regularly in Russian and its English translation (Astrophysics).
In June 1999, the Armenian
Astronomical Society (
Some 80 Armenian astronomers work in other countries outside
The main activities of
Areg M. Mickaelian,
President of the Armenian Astronomical Society.
A N N O U N C E M E N T
on the First All-Armenian Annual Astronomical Meeting
"ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE ARMENIAN ASTRONOMY"
17-18 June 2002,
Astronomical Society (
Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory (BAO)
· Solar physics,
· non-stable stars,
· physics of stars and nebulae,
· star-formation phenomena in the Galaxy,
· active galaxies,
· systems of galaxies,
· problems of theoretical astrophysics.
Scientific Organizing Committee:
G.Alecian IAP, France
G.A.Gurzadian Garni Space Astronomy Institute
V.G.Gurzadian Yerevan Physics Institute
A.M.Mickaelian BAO (Chair)
Local Organizing Committee:
A.L.Gyulbudaghian (Chairman), E.H.Nikoghossian (Secretary),
R.R.Andreassian, S.K.Balayan, K.S.Gigoyan, E.R.Hovhannissian, V.Kh.Khachatrian, A.P.Mahtessian, V.H.Movsissian, G.A.Ohanian, H.A.Poghossian, L.A.Sargsian, A.A.Yeghiazarian.
Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory,
Byurakan 378433, Aragatzotn province,
Tel/Fax: (374-1) 260058, 532751
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Web page: http://www.aras.am/AAM-1, http://bao.sci.am/AAM-1
(A Biographical Dictionary)
A Biographical Dictionary Armenian
Astronomers is being prepared for publication in 2003. It will include
short biographical materials on all astronomers worked and working in the
Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory, other astronomical institutions in
· Names (surname; first name; patronymic, second or other names)
· Birth data (day, month, year, place)
· Education: institute/university, department, chair, year of graduation
· Scientific positions: institution, department, position, years
· Administrative positions: institution, position, years
· Scientific degrees (Ph.D., Doctor of Science): subject, supervisor, year of defence
· Scientific titles (years)
· Scientific prizes, honours and awards (years)
· Membership: scientific societies, Academies, scientific councils (years)
· Fields of scientific interests
· Important scientific results and achievements (typically 0.5 page, but not more than 1 page)
· Scientific collaboration, missions, long-term stays (countries, collaborators, subjects, years)
· Participation in international meetings: total number, including IAU meetings;
number of contributions, including IAU meetings
· Scientific-technical activity (realization of projects, etc.)
· Editorial activity
· Pedagogical activity: lecturing (universities, years), Ph.D. students, etc.
· Organizational affairs: organization of meetings, etc.
· Number of publications: the total number, including
publications in scientific journals,
in proceedings of meetings,
· Data on 5 selected publications: authors, title, journal, volume, number, pages (first-last), year)
Armenian Astronomical Society (
To join the Armenian Astronomical Society, please fill
in our membership form enclosed below, and send it to our Secretary Mrs. Elena Nikoghossian
Surname: _______________________ First Name: ______________ Second Name: ________________
Date and place of birth: ___________________ _________________________________
Fields of interest: ___________________________________________________________________
Phone: ______________________________ Fax: ___________________________________
Web page: _____________________________________________________
Date _______________ Signature ______________________
Annual Membership Fees
Other countries: USD 30
Junior member (30 years old or younger)
Other countries: USD 15
The ArAS bank account details for paying dues:
For Further Credit To:
Swift – MRMDUS33
Beneficiary Bank A/C No.
A/C No. 001-157395-101
With HSBC Bank
Address: Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory (BAO),
Byurakan 378433, Aragatzotn
Tel/fax: +374-1 53-27-51 (Areg Mickaelian)
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Web page: http://www.aras.am