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Autumn 2009Mercury MagazineContents and Select Excerpts
Vol. 38 No. 4
Autumn 2009
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13 ASP Annual Meeting: Report to the Membership, James G. Manning
Here is a capsule summary of the Executive Director’s report to the members, outlining some of the numerous programs undertaken by your Society during the previous 12 months.
20 Laboratory Astrophysics: An Oxymoron No More, Bruce Partridge
Laboratory astrophysics, the branch of astronomy that attempts to replicate astronomical processes in the laboratory, has taken a new path.
21 400 Years of Astronomical Discovery, Lynne Hillenbrand
From Galileo to today, and on into the foreseeable future, it’s clear that advancement in astronomy is driven by the interaction between technology, observation, and interpretation.

30 Astronomy in the News
Another meteorite found on Mars, a new ring for Saturn, and a celestial Rosetta stone — these are some of the discoveries that have recently made news in the astronomical community.

4 Editorial, Paul Deans
How Do You Read Your Mercury?
5 First Word, James G. Manning
Following Your "Bliss" in the IYA

7 Astronomer's Notebook, Jennifer Birriel
The Long-term Solar Forecast
8 Planetary Perspectives, Daniel D. Durda
Going With the Flow
9 Echoes of the Past, Katherine Bracher
50 Years Ago: Classifying Galaxies
10 Annals of Astronomy, Clifford J. Cunningham
Was Galileo Really First?
11 Education Matters, David Bruning
Learning Styles in Astro 101
12 Societal Impact, Bruce Partridge
Tweaking the ASP's Board
37 Society Scope/ASP New Members
Meet Your New Board Members
42 Sky Sights, Paul Deans
The Sky of November, December, and January
45 Reflections, Martin Ratcliffe
A White House Star Party