We are looking for a few good artists... or one would do, actually. We have a press release prepared and ready to be published as soon as the powers-that-be finish filling out some paperwork. However, we don't have an illustration or a logo to describe epsilon Aurigae or our project. Read this post in our forums for how to help!Read more
We were fortunate to have 3 relatively photometric mornings to study eps Aur and friends with the SSP4 photometer - J & H bands (1.2 and 1.6 microns). Visually, eps appears brighter than eta Aur (3.2) - in agreement with other reports coming in. What's odd is that eps appears to have stayed in bright phase since the last minimum of light in early March 2009. What will happen during these last 3 weeks prior to predicted start of blue color eclipse? Calibration work on our data is underway, and we plan to persist with these measurements during July - give or take highway department's plans to rebuild the access roadway! Full report at the Adler meeting in early August - including pictures of the baby mountain goats (Capella and her kids, literally).
On Thursday, July 2 our own Dr. Bob was a featured guest in an online 1-hour online chat beginning at 1pm EDT (-4 UT). The discussion focused on scientific theories behind epsilon Aurigae and infrared photometric observing techniques. A transcript has been attached to this blog post. Stay tuned for future chats on topics such as visual observing, data analysis, EPO and more.Read more