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AAAA March 2002 Newsletter

AAAA Members Observe Comet Ikeya-Zhang

March 30, 2001 - The March 2002 issue of The American Astronomer, the quarterly newsletter from the American Association of Amateur Astronomers, will be mailed to all current AAAA members.

We are excited about the current edition, and hope you will enjoy reading about Comet Ikeya-Zhang and Ernie Piini's interesting account of his expedition to Costa Rica for the Annular Eclipse last December.

We also have Brenda Culbertson's regular article on observing, this time a trip through the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies, a visit to CosmicMark Cunningham's web site, and a chance to get "mooned" by our own Roseann Johnston.

There is also a report on the Lake Whitney Astronomy Day Star Party and how AAAA helped out event organizer Thomas Williamson, who is also an AAAA member.

The latest  issue of The American Astronomer newsletter is a benefit for current members of the AAAA. However, a PDF archive of issues more than one year old can be found on the AAAA website.


If you are not already an AAAA member, you can join easily on the AAAA website. Or you can send a check for $20 ($25 family) to AAAA, P.O Box 7981, Dallas, TX 75209-0981. We look forward to hearing from you so you can receive future issues of the AAAA newsletter and get the REFLECTOR the quarterly newsletter from the Astronomical League. We will include a copy of this issue of the newsletter as part of your new member kit.


We have added some interesting new products to AstroMax, the AAAA online store. In addition to the Observing Aids from David Chandler, the Astronomer's Journal from Eclipse Publications, and the regular telescope and binocular kits that we carry, we now have a book outlet where you can buy astronomy books for half price. Current titles are Exploring the Night Sky by Terrence Dickinson ($5.00), Night Watch by Terrence Dickinson ($15.00), and The Mind's Sky by AAAA member Timothy Ferris ($7.00). We have only a limited supply, so these are available on a First Come, First Served basis only.


We also have an astronomy jigsaw puzzle to give you something to do on those cloudy nights when you can't be outside observing. And it is a perfect way to keep even the non-astronomers in your family busy. This 1000 piece puzzle is a beautiful astrophoto of the Sagittarius/Scorpius region of the Summer Milky Way, taken by AAAA member Glen Deen. ($15.00)


Keep us posted on your astronomical activities, so we can include them in the next issue of the American Astronomer, and publish them on the AAAA web site. And thanks for being a member of the American Association of Amateur Astronomers, The Internet Astronomy Club


Ed Flaspoehler, Vice President
American Association of Amateur Astronomers

The American Association of Amateur Astronomers has had an active presence in the amateur astronomy community since 1996. As the AAAA continues to grow and expand, it is having a wider and wider influence among amateur astronomers, and continues to refine the use of the internet as a tool to promote amateur astronomy to the widest possible audience. Through the medium of its own web page, an online store devoted to carefully chosen astronomy merchandise, our own quarterly newsletter, reciprocal links with other astronomy web sites, the creative use of online resources such as eGroups, Listbot and banner advertising, affiliate programs such as Amazon.com, and partnerships with well recognized astronomy organizations such as Sky Publishing, Kalmbach Publishing, Bushnell Sports Optics and the Astronomical League, the American Association of Amateur Astronomers has become an important source of astronomy information on the World Wide Web.

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