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Spring 2009Mercury Magazine

Contents and Select Excerpts
Vol. 38 No. 2
Spring 2009

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16 Is Space Art Dead?, Lynette R. Cook
Is the field of space art doomed by the rise of spectacular imagery from Hubble and other space telescopes, and a corresponding decline in demand for "artistic" views of the cosmos?
24 Globular Clusters and Satellite Galaxies: Companions to the Milky Way, Duncan A. Forbes, Pavel Kroupa, Manuel Metz, and Lee Spitler
An interactive model of the Milky Way region lets the user investigate, in three dimensions, the locations of some 30 dwarf satellite galaxies and about 150 globular clusters.
28 Astronomy in the News
Tracking the source of a meteorite, the challenges of finding Earth's twin, and what the color of quasars tells us about the universe -- these are some of the discoveries that have recently made news in the astronomical community.

40 The Society at 120, Bruce Partridge (President, ASP)
We may be more than a century old, but innovative programming has helped transform the Society.
4 Editorial, Paul Deans
Where's the Science?
5 First Word, James G. Manning
Paying Attention

7 Astronomer's Notebook, Jennifer Birriel
Origin of Giant Elliptical Galaxies
8 Planetary Perspectives, Daniel D. Durda
Cold Water On Global Wildfires?
9 Armchair Astrophysics, Christopher Wanjek
Galaxies Born Free of Dark Matter?
10 Echoes of the Past, Katherine Bracher
40 Years Ago: The Age of the Universe
11 Annals of Astronomy, Clifford J. Cunningham
A Princely Star Catalog
12 Education Matters, David Bruning
Do We Do Too Much?
13 Societal Impact, Michael G. Gibbs
The Future of the US Economy
34 Society Scope/ASP Supporters
36 Sky Sights, Paul Deans
The Sky of May, June, and July