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 )

 

No. 21 (March 30, 2007)

 

 

Editor: Lilit Hovhannisyan

 

 

The ArAS Newsletter in the INTERNET: http://www.aras.am/arasnews.html

 

 

 

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CONTENTS:

 

 

1. JENAM-2007 in Armenia

2. DFBS available online

3. Anniversaries

4. ArAS fee payment reminder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JENAM-2007 IN ARMENIA

 

This is to remind you about JENAM 2007 deadlines. May 1 - Deadline for Submission of Abstracts and Travel Grant Applications June 1- Deadline for hotel reservation and Early

Registration (with reduced fee) For more info please visit our web site:

 

http://www.aras.am/JENAM-2007/index.htm

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DFBS AVAILABLE ONLINE

 

We would like to inform you that DFBS (Digitized First Byurakan Survey) is available online. It is available at http://byurakan.phys.uniroma1.it/ web site. Beside the complete info about the DFBS there are, three main options for the users for interactive work with the database:

 

        Explore: allows investigation of DFBS fields by given coordinates. All spectra in the field are interactive (clickable) and one can pick up 1D extracted spectrum itself and data of the objects.

        Get Image: allows retrieving portions of the DFBS by given position and field size collect needed images and then download them.

        Get Spectra: allows retrieving spectra of necessary objects, by given coordinates, or uploading a list of coordinates. One may collect spectra and then download to his/her own computer.

 

There is also a bSpec program, which allows extraction of all spectra from any DFBS plate and measures positions, lengths, B and R magnitudes, and preliminarily classifications. The DFBS catalog is being created and will be available soon.

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CONGRATULATIONS

 

Prof. Kazarian, Misha A. recently celebrated his 75th anniversary. Prof. Kazarian was born 5.03.1932 in Maralik, Armenia. He worked at the Byurakan Observatory from 1958-1980. Since 1968, Kazarian works at the Yerevan State University, Department of Astrophysics, at the beginning as a lecturer and after as a Professor (1990) and Head of the Department of Astrophysics (in 1994). From 1980 to 1990 he was the head of the observational station of artificial satellites of the Yerevan State University. His research is devoted to various studies of H-alpha stars, cometary nebulas, galaxies with UV excess. He has published more than 100 papers in Astrophysics, Commun. of BAO and Astrophys. J, presented a number of talks at different international scientific meetings. Some 600 UVX galaxies have been catalogued, known as Kazarian galaxies. 120 of these objects have been studied photometrically and spectroscopically by Kazarian at the Byurakan 2.6m and Special Astrophysical Observatory (Russia) 6m telescopes.

 

More than 40 years Kazarian works at the University, has lectured a number of courses and has contributed significantly in preparation of Armenian astronomers. He has been scientific supervisor for a number of Ph.D., Masters and Bachelors theses. Prof. Kazarian is a member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), European Astronomical Society (EAS) and Armenian Astronomical Society (ArAS) (2001).

Prof. Malumian, Vigen H. recently celebrated his 75th anniversary. Prof. Malumian was born on March 11, 1932 in Yerevan, Armenia. Prof. Malumian's main research interests include investigations of isolated and double galaxies, groups of galaxies, radio galaxies, quasars and other radio sources in both radio and other wavelengths ranges. On these and some other scientific topics he has published more than 80 papers, presented a number of talks at different international scientific meetings. More than half a century Prof. Malumian works at the Byurakan Observatory. Currently he is a leading scientific researcher (since 1995), member of the Scientific Council and Council for Scientific Degrees of the Byurakan Observatory. For long years Malumian lectures at the Yerevan State University, since 1995 he is a Professor and has contributed significantly in preparation of Armenian astronomers as well.

 

Prof. Malumian is member of IAU (since 1997), EAS, one of the founding members of ArAS.

 

We congratulate them and wish them good health and a lot of success.

 

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ArAS MEMBERSHIP FEES

 

Many ArAS members have not yet paid their membership fees for 2006. As ArAS is the main responsible for JENAM 2007 and the local organization allows a lot of expenses we would like to remind you to pay ArAS membership fees this year as soon as possible. There is no change in the membership fees:

 

Region Full member Junior member

 

Armenia: USD 10 USD 5

Western Europe, USA & Canada: USD 50 USD 25

Other countries: USD 30 USD 15