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Mid-America Regional Astrophysics Conference
at Linda Hall Library

April 11-12, 2003

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Linda Hall Library
University of Missouri
at Kansas City

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Mid-America Regional
Astrophysics Conference
April 11-12, 2003

Linda Hall Library
Rare Book Collection

Atlas Coelestis or
Harmonia Macrocosmica

Viewing Observing Logs
by Sir William Herschel

Jackie Teaches
Beginning Astronomy Class

Jackie with LX 200

Showing Saturn to the Class

NGC 6934 in Delphinus
Russell Crotty: Globe Drawings

Jackie with Globe
at Kemper Museum

Attack of the Iron Spider
Kemper Museum

Mid-America Regional Astrophysics Conference and Linda Hall Library

April 11/12, 2003 -- The 33rd Annual Mid-America Regional Astrophysics Conference was held in the Linda Hall Library, on the Campus of the University of Missouri in Kansas City.

During the conference, professional scientists involved in teaching and/or research in astronomy, astrophysics, and space science presented papers on their current research projects. Students and advanced amateurs were also invited to attend the conference.

Three invited talks, On Small Bodies and Big Impacts: The Origin of Earth's Water, by Dr. Humberto Campins of the University of Central Florida, were especially interesting. In his talks, Dr. Campins discussed the probability of asteroids and comets as the source of much of the water on earth. He also compared the structure of our Solar System with the planetary systems around stars with recently discovered planets. Dr. Bruce Twarog of the University of Kansas in Lawrence was coordinator of this conference. He can be reached via e-mail at twarog@ku.edu.

Attendees at the Mid-America Regional Astrophysical Conference were offered the opportunity to visit the rare book collection in the Linda Hall Library. In our photo above, Curator Bruce Bradley shows a copy of the Atlas Coelestis Harmonia Macrocosmica to David Hudgins, Fisk Miles and Jackie Beucher, and original observing logs in the hand of William Herschel.

During the same weekend, AL Executive Secretary Jackie Beucher, who is also a member of the Astronomical Society of Kansas City, began a new class teaching Beginning Astronomy for the Continuing Education Department of the University of Kansas. Students were giver the opportunity to view Saturn with Jackie’s LX 200 after the classroom session was over. Also that weekend was an exhibit of Globe Drawings by astronomy artist Russell Crotty at Kansas City’s Kemper Museum.

33rd Annual


April 11/12, 2003

Linda Hall Library
5109 Cherry Street
Kansas City, Missouri 

All professional scientists involved in teaching and/or research in astronomy/astrophysics/space science are cordially invited to present papers in ANY field of astronomy, astrophysics, or space science. Students are especially welcome. Advanced amateurs are also invited to attend.

Featured Tutorial: Three Invited Talks On

Small Bodies and Big Impacts: The Origin of Earth's Water

University of Central Florida

  • Registration begins at 12:00 Friday, APRIL 11

  • Friday, April 11 Session begins 1:00 PM
    (Should there be a surplus of papers, we might start earlier on Friday)

  • Saturday, April 12 Session begins at 10:00 AM

Call for Papers and Submission of Abstracts

Ten-minute contributed papers are requested for the afternoon of April 11 (1:00-5:00) and for April 12 (10:00-4:00). Please submit TITLES by March 28 to

Dr. Scott R. Baird
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Benedictine College
Atchison, KS 66002-1499
(913) 367-5340 x 2527
FAX: (913)367-6102
e-mail: sbaird@benedictine.edu

Abstracts should be submitted by e-mail by April 4, as a text file or as an html file, to Bruce Twarog - email: twarog@ku.edu . These will be placed on the MARAC WEB SITE: http://kuphsx2.phsx.ukans.edu/~dept/marac/marac.html , and printed from there for distribution at the meeting. 

Projection equipment will be available for 35mm slides, overhead transparencies, or PowerPoint presentations. If you require the latter, please let us know when you submit your abstract.


Computer software demonstrations can be useful. You are encouraged to bring anything along you would like to show. Contact Bruce Twarog if you would like to demonstrate software.

Registration fee: $10.00 Regular, $6.00 Student .

Map to Linda Hall Library - www.lhl.lib.mo.us.map.htm


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