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Summer 2009Mercury Magazine

Contents and Select Excerpts
Vol. 38 No. 3
Summer 2009

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15 Star-filled Nights and Galileo Moments, Ken Hewitt-White
Four hundred years ago, Galileo Galilei aimed his telescope at the heavens and began a scientific revolution. This summer, celebrate the International Year of Astronomy by looking up.
20 Creating Readable Electronic Articles, Alan Gould
More and more journals are switching from paper copies to making the material available online. Here are some simple things to keep in mind if you’re creating digital content.
24 Is Space Art Dead? (Part II), Lynette R. Cook
The evolving demand for space art has created trying times for space artists. In the conclusion of this article, Lynette Cook explores how artists are adapting to their new reality.

31 Astronomy in the News
More discoveries at Mercury, a shrinking red giant star, and tidal debris from colliding galaxies -- these are some of the discoveries that have recently made news in the astronomical community.

4 Editorial, Paul Deans
Look Up, Look Waaaaaay Up
5 First Word, James G. Manning
Past, Present, and Future Perfect

7 Astronomer's Notebook, Jennifer Birriel
Mystery of the Missing Supernova
8 Planetary Perspectives, Daniel D. Durda
Kepler's New Worlds
9 Armchair Astrophysics, Christopher Wanjek
A Black Hole's Elusive Signal
10 Echoes of the Past, Katherine Bracher
25 Years Ago: Future of Space Astronomy
11 Annals of Astronomy, Clifford J. Cunningham
Copernicus vs. Tycho and Buchanan
12 Education Matters, David Bruning
Profiting from Magnitudes
13 Societal Impact, Katy Garmany
The ASP's Bok Award
37 Society Scope/ASP Supporters
ASP Award Winners
42 Sky Sights, Paul Deans
The Sky of August, September, and October
45 Reflections, Andrew Chaikin
Forty Years Past