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2. Second Byurakan Summer School
3. Armenian Astronomers in JENAM-2005
5. Armenian Virtual Observatory (ArVO) in the IVOA
6. ArAS Annual Prize for young scientists
Annual Meeting of the Armenian Astronomical Society was held on
Some 40 astronomers participated in the Meeting, including scientists from Germany (T.Arshakian, V.Hambaryan, T.Khanzadyan), Yerevan State University (YSU), and some 35 scientists from the Byurakan Observatory, as well as 14 YSU students attending the Summer School which was attached to the ArAS meeting (see "Second Byurakan Summer School").
The meeting was opened with a welcome address by Haik Harutyunian, ArAS Co-President,
followed by a report by Areg Mickaelian,
another ArAS Co-President, who presented the
The Meeting was sponsored by Mr. David Nelson (
SECOND BYURAKAN SUMMER SCHOOL
It was the second time that the Byurakan Observatory
ARMENIAN ASTRONOMERS IN JENAM-2005
The 14th Joint
European and National Astronomical Meeting (JENAM-2005) "Distant Worlds" took place on
July 4-8 this year in
Some 250 astronomers from European and some other
countries participated in these sessions, including six Armenian astronomers: T.G.Arshakian (
EAS Council and Business meetings were held as well.
The importance of the EAS Council meeting on July 5 was connected with the
final decision on the JENAM-2007 in
JENAM-2005 was a good chance for meeting other
scientists, discussions, exchange of experience, and enjoying the scientific
and friendly atmosphere in
On the EAS Council Meeting on July 5 this year, held
As presented by A.M.Mickaelian, JENAM-2007 was decided
to be organized on
The preliminary topics of the meeting are (the final decision will be made next year after proposals for other mini-symposia as well):
ü Our active Sun;
ü Non-stable stars and related phenomena;
ü Activity processes in galaxies;
ü Modern astronomical instrumentation;
ü Databases and Virtual Observatories;
The registration fee is fixed at rate 200 Euros, which will cover the welcome reception, coffee breaks and refreshments during the five days of the meeting, transportation (airport-hotels-airport, hotels-venue-hotels), excursion to the Byurakan Observatory, participants’ sets (bags, abstracts book, program, etc.), and
JENAM-2007 will be organized jointly by the Armenian Astronomical Society (ArAS), European Astronomical Society (EAS), Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory (BAO), Yerevan State University (YSU), Armenian National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and Ministry of Education and Science of Armenia.
Important deadlines for the meeting:
with the 2nd Announcement
01 May 2007 Deadline for Registration (reduced fee), Travel Grant Applications
and for submission of Abstracts
20-25 Aug 2007 JENAM-2007 in
ARMENIAN VIRTUAL OBSERVATORY (ArVO) IN THE IVOA
The Euro-VO Workshop on VO Standards and Systems for
Data Centres and Large Projects was held on 27-30 June 2005, at ESO, Garching (
Discussions on the Armenian participation in the IVOA
were made between A.M.Mickaelian and the IVOA co-chairs M.Ohishi (
The idea for the creation and development of the Armenian Virtual Observatory (ArVO) is based on the Digitized First Byurakan Survey (DFBS) project and some other useful projects undertaken in Byurakan (Digitized Second Byurakan Survey - DSBS, Photographic spectra of the FBS blue stellar objects, Coma region plates with "chain" images, etc.). These valuable databases should be the basis for the ArVO. Of course, ArVO has to create a standard environment for utilization of all these data and integration in the IVOA.
Later, after the Euro-VO meeting, ArVO logo and web
page (http://www.aras.am/arvo.htm) were created, and ArVO was formally created
at BAO as a group with its funding. ArVO team includes: A.M.Mickaelian (PI),
T.Yu.Magakian (Project scientist), L.A.Sargsyan, L.K.Erastova, and P.K.Sinamian
(team members). These steps served as justification for ArVO to be authorized as official
project in IVOA, which happened at the IVOA Executive Committee meeting on
An agreement on ArVO development between BAO and the
1. Installatoion, utilization and access for the Digitized First Byurakan Survey (DFBS). Tools for extraction and visualization of any field of interest will be developed and installed for free access.
2. Creation of an astronomical data center in
3. Development of high-speed Internet for ArVO. ArVO
is based on the GRID technologies, as it requires a high-speed Internet and
tools for processing and analysis of large catalogs and other data. One of the
solutions is to build a fibre optics connection for the Byurakan Observatory.
In addition, the ArVO team will have an access to Internet from the IPIA in
4. Establishment and utilization of the Virtual Observatories standards in ArVO. ArVO is a part of the International Virtual Observatories Alliance (IVOA), hence it is being developed in the same environment as other IVOA projects, i. e. using the same standards developed by IVOA team members. A combination of the SIAP and SSAP will be needed for work with the low-dispersion spectral plates (such as the DFBS).
5. Creation and installation of the ArVO web page. A preliminary web page describing the goals and current status of ArVO is active since July 2005 (www.aras.am/arvo.html). However, ArVO web page should include also tools for work with the DFBS and other data, cross-matching of catalogs, and keep information on large amount of astronomical objects and other data. Therefore, a dedicated server will be needed with large hard disk space.
6. Organizational affairs. The ArVO team combines both astronomers (responsible for the ideology of the project and the astronomical tasks) and computer people (programmers, web designers, responsible for the software development, installation of the database, web page, etc.).
Thus, ArVO is one of the IVOA 16 official projects at present. ArVO’s contribution in the international VOs will include creation of a standard telescope data acquisition system missing, a new interface for SIAP/SSAP interchange based on the DFBS and other spectroscopic data, and creation of a complete low-dispersion spectroscopic database (Global Spectroscopic Virtual Observatory).
For the second time, the