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AAVSO LPV Section Report Mike Simonsen Fall 2008.

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1 AAVSO LPV Section Report Mike Simonsen Fall 2008

2 Initial plans Draft a science advisor Draft a science advisor Laslo Kiss has agreed to advise Laslo Kiss has agreed to advise Determine a core set of program stars Determine a core set of program stars First pass made using spreadsheets created by Matt First pass made using spreadsheets created by Matt Set up the LPV Section wiki Set up the LPV Section wiki Outline objectives and projects Outline objectives and projects

3 Core Program Stars Selection Criteria Stars for which we have excellent light curves, and that we want the observer community to continue observing to make sure these light curves will extend well into the future Stars for which we have excellent light curves, and that we want the observer community to continue observing to make sure these light curves will extend well into the future Stars for which we do not have good light curves, but that have active publication histories that suggest amateurs could make effective contributions were they encouraged to do so Stars for which we do not have good light curves, but that have active publication histories that suggest amateurs could make effective contributions were they encouraged to do so Stars for which we do not have good light curves or substantial publication histories, but that we find may be worth observing or highlighting in some way Stars for which we do not have good light curves or substantial publication histories, but that we find may be worth observing or highlighting in some way Stars for which we have little or no data, that are not extensively discussed in literature, and that we can safely "drop" from our program -- not necessarily discourage observations, but indicate there is little about these worth pursuing by amateurs. Stars for which we have little or no data, that are not extensively discussed in literature, and that we can safely "drop" from our program -- not necessarily discourage observations, but indicate there is little about these worth pursuing by amateurs.

4 The Spreadsheets Star name Star name Number of observations in the AAVSO database Number of observations in the AAVSO database Number of references in the literature Number of references in the literature validndatanpubsimbad R Leo V* R Leo T Cep V* T Cep khi Cyg V* chi Cyg omi Cet V* o Cet S UMa V* S UMa T UMa V* T UMa R UMa V* R UMa RT Cyg V* RT Cyg R Cyg V* R Cyg R Boo V* R Boo W Lyr V* W Lyr U Cyg V* U Cyg R Dra V* R Dra U Ori V* U Ori

5 LPV Results If we set the n observation cutoff at 5000 If we set the n observation cutoff at Miras 250 Miras 25 SRA 25 SRA 60 SRB 60 SRB 15 SRC 15 SRC 10 SRD 10 SRD 25 L mixed types, mostly LB 25 L mixed types, mostly LB Total 385 Total 385

6 Wiki in Wikimedia format

7 Projects and Ideas for the Wiki Building The AAVSO LPV Program Building The AAVSO LPV Program LPV Library of Essential Papers LPV Library of Essential Papers New Research New Research Campaigns and Observing Projects Campaigns and Observing Projects Software Solutions Software Solutions Observing Tips Observing Tips Data-mining the AAVSO International Database Data-mining the AAVSO International Database

8 Next steps? Establish leadership Establish leadership Needs active participation and monitoring by science advisor Needs active participation and monitoring by science advisor Leadership defines objectives and means Leadership defines objectives and means Finish the set up of wiki- enable file upload, require log in for editing, etc, Finish the set up of wiki- enable file upload, require log in for editing, etc, Publicize the effort Publicize the effort Draft specific volunteer administrative team to get things rolling and maintain progress Draft specific volunteer administrative team to get things rolling and maintain progress Encourage and guide volunteers and observers Encourage and guide volunteers and observers

9 Questions?


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