(IAAC) Fwd: 2004 AAVSO Symposium: Mira Companions & Planets

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From: Aaron Price <aaronp@aavso.org>
Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2004 5:04 PM

The 2004 AAVSO Symposium on Mira Companions & Planets

    You are cordially invited to attend the 2004 AAVSO Symposium devoted
to discussions about companions and planets of Mira stars.

When: 10am - 4pm Monday, April 26th 2004.
Where: Phillips Auditorium, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics,
       Cambridge MA.
How: Registration is *free*. Register at:

 Invited Speakers & Talks:

 * Dr. Wesley Traub, "The Mira Imaging Project: Near-IR, VLBA, and
 * Dr. Margarita Karovska, "Miras and Their Companions"
 * Dr. Lee Anne Willson, "Planets in Mira winds - models, some
   detection limits, and the fates of the planets in our solar system."
 * Dr. Matthew Templeton, "Mira Data in the AAVSO International

 Attendees are also invited to present posters. Abstracts of talks and
posters will be published in the JAAVSO.

 All pre-registered attendees will be provided with a CDROM of data on
over 100 Mira stars from the AAVSO International Database and also DOS,
Linux and Windows time series analysis software developed by the AAVSO.

Why: Mira stars are pulsating variable stars near the end of stellar
evolution. Studies of Miras provide a glimpse into a critical period of
stellar evolution when a main sequence star is preparing to shed its
planetary nebula and evolve into a white dwarf. Recent studies have
discovered previously unknown stellar and planetary companions to some
Mira stars providing a unique laboratory to evaluate current Mira

For more information and details visit the following URL:


or e-mail aaronp@aavso.org.

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