Edition 15 of the Astronomy On-line Newspaper

Copies of Mass Emails

Throughout the Hot Week, Emails were sent to all participants with an Internet address, by means of a mass-emailing procedure. They served to keep the groups updated about various developements at regular intervals.

For the benefit of those groups who for one reason or another were unable to receive these mailings (we estimate about 100 out of the 720 participating), we reproduce here the complete text of the messages.

This will also serve as a record of this part of the Astronomy On-Line project. This file will be updated at the end of Friday, November 22, with the mailings sent during that day.

All files were in simple ASCII to facilitate transmission and are reproduced in orginal below.

Mass Email no. 1: November 18, 1996 16:00 UT


Dear Astronomy On-line participants,

You may be surprised to receive this email, but since we have a list
with email addresses of all participating groups, we decided to send
this message in order to inform you about a few things which are going
to happen on Astronomy On-line within the next day.

At the same time, this will also help us to test if the email
addresses stored in the Astronomy On-line database are correct.

At this moment, we are slightly behind schedule due to some computer
problems at ESO, but we hope to catch up within the next hours.

The most recent major addition was the information about the Final
Event in which we hope all groups will decide to participate. It is
about the determination of geographical latitude, and you will find
interesting and amusing information about how you can determine the
altitude of the Polar Star. For those groups which live south of the
equator and who can therefore not make such a measurement, there are
other ways described.  Please be sure to check on the Final Event. You
may access it directly from the front page. By the way, did you like
the new design?

Next follows a number of interesting links which will be announced in
a Newspaper article later this evening.

The "Light Pollution" Collaborative Project will be activated
tomorrow, November 19, and we hope that also here, many groups will
participate. It will be a quite simple project, and we think that also
rather inexperienced observers will be able to make good measurements.

We will send you another email tomorrow with the continuation,
including new projects within "Try Your Skills".

We hope you enjoy Astronomy On-line.

International Steering Committee, Astronomy On-line

Mass Email no. 2: November 18, 1996 21:20 UT


Dear participants,

we are now closing after a hectic day here at ESO. We will be back
tomorrow morning and hope that you will find time to look at the
various new items on the Astronomy On-Line pages.

Please note that:

- more Observing Programmes are displayed - it is expected that the 
first will be carried out tonight - you may find more information
tomorrow

- fine auroral images now coming from Svalbard (Newspaper no. 11)

- many more Professionals in several countries are ready to talk to
you

- Final Event is available

- 26 email addresses were found to be faulty during the first mass 
e-mailing. We will try to fix them, as far as possible. Those which
cannot be easily fixed will be displayed tomorrow in the Newspaper in
the hope that those groups let us know the correct email addresses

Kind regards,

Richard West and Michael Naumann

Mass Email no. 3: November 19, 15:30 UT


Dear Astronomy On-line participants,

At the beginning of the second day in the "Hot Week", we should like
to inform you about the present activities.

First of all, you will be happy to learn that we have now placed the
Collaborative Project on Light Pollution on the Web. We very much hope
that all groups will find an opportunity to make the indicated
observations although the weather in Europe at this moment may not be
too good in many places.

For this reason, please note that the deadline of submitting the
observational data (the faintest magnitude which your group is able to
see with the unaided eye) is Thursday, November 21, 20:00 UT.

Following this, we shall compile the data and will present the
provisional result on the last day of the "Hot Week" that is Friday,
November 22.

A total of 27 observing proposals have been accepted until now and
have been allocated to various telescopes. All of this is indicated on
the corresponding page (schedule).The observations will start at
several telescopes tonight and we hope to be able to show all groups
the first images obtained during the Astronomy On-line observations by
tomorrow.

You will also note that many professional astronomers and teachers in
several countries have agreed to be available within "Talk to the
Professionals". We strongly recommend that this opportunity to learn
more about the subjects of your interest directly from those involved.

Do not forget to look at the articles in today's Newspaper which will
appear later this evening. There will be several interesting news and
links to interesting places.

With kind regards,

International Steering Committee
Astronomy On-line

Mass Email no. 4: November 19, 16:30 UT


Dear Astronomy On-line participants,

Newspaper no. 12 is now available on the Web with four articles. Two
more will follow a little later this evening, with interesting links
and information about Occultation Observations (and with a suggestion
that your group becomes active in this field, also after the current
phase of Astronomy On-Line is over).

We have also just placed another "Try Your Skills" in the easy (basic)
category on the Web.

Have fun!

With kind regards,

International Steering Committee
Astronomy On-line

Mass Email no. 5: November 19, 18:00 UT


Dear Astronomy On-line participants,

The next two articles for Newspaper no. 12 are now available on the
Web. 

And there are more names in the "Talk to the Astronomers" Shop!

Have fun!

With kind regards,

International Steering Committee
Astronomy On-line

Mass Email no. 6: November 19, 21:30 UT


Dear Astronomy On-line participants,

Here are a few remarks, just after the end of the six-hour period on
Day 2 of the Hot Week.

The observations have started. From Wendelstein we have received a
report that the weather is not so good and the windspeed is too high,
but it may improve later on. The weather in Chile should be good.

We hope to display the first images tomorrow when we have learned
about the results at the participating observatories.

Note that one more "Try Your Skills" is available (precession of the
Earth's axis).

And a last feature of today - try to access:

http://login.dknet.dk/~ags/hb01.html

to see some nice pictures of Comet Hale-Bopp!

We meet again tomorrow.

With kind regards,

International Steering Committee
Astronomy On-line

Mass Email no. 7: November 20, 13:00 UT


Dear Astronomy On-line participants,

before we start the 3rd Day, we would like to inform you that
observations were made at several observatories. Unfortunately, there
were clouds over others. You will see a full report in about 2 hours'
time in today's issue of the Newspaper.

Meanwhile, if you want to see some images from Slovenia, try the two
URL addresses indicated in this message from Herman Mikuz:

"We obtained some data early this evening during the 1-hour gap in
clouds.  Full information and data files are available at:
http://www.fiz.uni-lj.si/astro/comets/aol/propos.html

The main page of AOL-Crni Vrh Observatory, located at
http://www.fiz.uni-lj.si/astro/comets/aol/index.html was also
updated."

With kind regards,

International Steering Committee
Astronomy On-line

Mass Email no. 8: November 20, 14:30 UT


Dear Astronomy On-line participants,

a full report about the observations last night, with the links to the
sites with the images, has now been published in today's Newspaper.

There are 6 articles available at this moment - more will follow!

Note also the very impressive file with results from the 3-D method
applied to the solar eclipse observations, described in another
article.

Do not forget to read about the running projects and the
associated deadlines! And don't miss them!

With kind regards,

International Steering Committee
Astronomy On-line

Mass Email no. 9: November 20, 16:30 UT


Dear Astronomy On-line participants,

we have just put this night's observing programmes on-line, for each
of the participating observatories. You will find them under
"Observation" and then "Schedule".

Images from last night will become available later on the ESO Website.
Meanwhile, please use the links to the observatories indicated in the
Newspaper article today (13-01) or directly from the "Schedule" page.

With kind regards,

International Steering Committee
Astronomy On-line

Mass Email no. 10: November 20, 18:50 UT


Dear Astronomy On-line participants,

Images from last night are now available on the ESO Website.  They may
be accessed from article no. 7 in Newspaper no. 13 of today.

Beware that these GIF-files are rather big, about 400 kbyte.

With kind regards,

International Steering Committee
Astronomy On-line

Mass Email no. 11: November 20, 19:55 UT


Dear Astronomy On-line participants,

Images from last night are now available on the ESO Website.  They
may be accessed from article no. 7 in Newspaper no. 13 of today.

We now also have these files as JPEG; they are about 40-60k and
therefore much easier to access!

Two new `Try your Skills' are available - see Newspaper article no. 8.

We also have a new link to images at the COAA observatory in Portugal:

http://www.algarvenet.pt/coaa/results.htm

With kind regards,

International Steering Committee
Astronomy On-line

Mass Email no. 12: November 20, 21:45 UT


Dear Astronomy On-line participants,

Are you still there? The main period of Day 3 has ended and we have
the impression that there have been many activities today by Astronomy
On-Line groups. This is particularly felt by the large number of
questions posed to the 'professionals' in many countries.

We hope that there will be new and fine observations to report
tomorrow morning.

By the way, do you know this Web address:

http://www.cs.vu.nl/%7Egerben/news.html

This is the gateway to the Websites of the world's leading
newspapers. Maybe you will find the electronic version of your
favorite newspaper - in your own language - there?

With kind regards,

International Steering Committee
Astronomy On-line

Mass Email no. 13: November 21, 10:30 UT


Dear Astronomy On-line participants,

Hello and Good Morning (to those of you who are located in Europe)!

Are you ready for the continuing activities of Astronomy
On-Line? Today we enter the 3rd and most intense phase! Be prepared!

You will be glad to hear that also this night, observations were
performed for Astronomy On-Line.

We have published a provisional report by the astronomer-observer at
at the La Silla observatory in Chile, James Brewer, in today's
Newspaper.

More details about the observations, including sample images, will
become available in a few hours on the Web.

With kind regards,

International Steering Committee
Astronomy On-line

Mass Email no. 14: November 21, 15:30 UT


Dear Astronomy On-line participants,

The Newspaper of today has just been published and contains a lot of
interesting information from the most diverse areas of astronomy and
other subjects!

Read about the observations which were obtained last night and also a
letter from one of the observers.

There are many new links indicated, in particular about books and
earthquakes!

Don't forget to send in your opinion about Astronomy On-line - the
evaluation has just started!

Explore two new ways of communicating with other participants, the
Hypernews and the Whiteboard.

And finally: think about contributing to the Newsletter issue of
tomorrow, the last day during the 'Hot Week'!

With kind regards,

International Steering Committee
Astronomy On-line

Mass Email no. 15: November 21, 17:45 UT


Dear Astronomy On-line participants,

You will now find information about the latest observing proposals to
be accepted at the ESO Website. It may take a little time before they
will be mirrored to the other Astronomy On-Line Websites in other
countries.

The observing schedule for tonight is also ready - please note that
not all telescopes are available anymore. Here is also an overview of
the status of the individual programmes.

We must now close for new proposals. The Observing Programmes
Committee, headed by ESO-astronomer Fernando Comeron, has done a great
job and we have been lucky that many of the programmes could be
carried out, despite the rather bad weather at many observatories.

The observers have greatly contributed to this success and we would
like to thank them for their very dedicated efforts!

Images from last night will become available within the next hour.

Remember that the results for the `Final Event' must soon be received
- the deadline is in just some minutes! But don't worry - we will
include your results, even if they come a little later this evening...

With kind regards,

International Steering Committee
Astronomy On-line

Mass Email no. 16: November 21, 18:45 UT


Dear Astronomy On-line participants,

some of us have started to talk to each other via the Whiteboard in
the Communication's Shop. We are in the Talk to Astronomers' room.
Do join us if you are able to!

With kind regards,

Richard West (ESO)
Astronomy On-line

Mass Email no. 17: November 21, 20:30 UT


Dear Astronomy On-line participants,

you will now find images from La Silla obtained last night on the ESO
site:

http://www.eso.org/astronomyonline/market/newspaper/news1410.html


We have also received this interesting news from Portugal:

I think our server has started to work again, so your customers for P9
can get our efforts at astrometric images of the asteroids.

Just for fun, I put movies of each asteroid on the page.

Regards,

Bev M Ewen-Smith   -   C O A A
Centro de Observacao Astronomica no Algarve, Poio, 8500 Portimao, Portugal
N 37 11 29.1  W 008 35 57.1  
Tel:082 471180 Intl:00 351 82 471180  Fax:082 471516 Intl:00 351 82 471516
Email:coaa@mail.telepac.pt              WWW http://www.algarvenet.pt/coaa/


With kind regards,

International Steering Committee
Astronomy On-line

Mass Email no. 18: November 22, 12:15 UT


Dear Astronomy On-line participants,

Today is the last day of the Hot Week and some of the Astronomy
On-Line activities will be concerned with the `winding-up' of various
projects.

We shall keep you informed via Mass Emailings, but please also have a
look at the Websites at regular intervals to see if something nes has
appeared.

The first four articles of Newspaper 15 have appeared at the ESO site.

Please note, in particular, that we expect to announce the outcome of
these projects, as follows:

Final Event

Friday November 22, at 16:00 UT

Best Website

Friday November 22, at 17:00 UT

Light Pollution

Friday November 22, at 18:00 UT

Note also the possibility to chat via the Whiteboard. We hope to meet
some of you there later tonight.

The Newspaper will be updated regularly as we receive reports from the
various groups this evening.

So enjoy this last day of the Hot Week!

You may read more about the continuation of Astronomy On-Line in the
EAAE President's address and also another article in this issue of the
Newspaper.  With kind regards,

International Steering Committee
Astronomy On-line

Mass Email no. 19: November 22, 15:45 UT


Dear Astronomy On-line participants,

It is there! Have a look on the results from the Final Event, now
described in an article in Newspaper no. 15. 

Next to come: 

Best Website

Friday November 22, at 17:00 UT

Light Pollution

Friday November 22, at 18:00 UT

The Newspaper will be updated regularly as we receive reports from the
various groups this evening; the first four are in place - from
Luxembourg, Denmark and Bulgaria.

Many more images from La Silla are about to go online. You will access
them from another Newspaper article in 30 minutes.

International Steering Committee
Astronomy On-line


Mass Email no. 20: November 22, 17:00 UT


Dear Astronomy On-line participants,

And now you may learn which groups had the best Homepages! Take a look
at the article in Newspaper no. 15 and see if you won! 

Next to come this evening: 

Light Pollution

Friday November 22, at 18:00 UT

Astronomy On-Line Certificate will be ready for you:

Friday November 22, at 19:30 UT

The images from La Silla are now online. Minor planes and
Saturn. Check the Newspaper.

New information about the Leonid Meteors will also follow soon (with
picture!).

International Steering Committee
Astronomy On-line

Mass Email no. 21: November 22, 18:15 UT


Dear Astronomy On-line participants,

The report about Light Pollution has been put on the Web. Look at the
Newspaper.

Within 30 minutes from now, we also expect to put more reports from
the groups on the Web. There are two with nice images from Varna in
Bulgaria.

Soon , the Astronomy On-Line Certificate will be ready for you.

New information about the Leonid Meteors will also follow soon (with
picture!).

Later this evening, you will hear about the immediate continuation of
some of the areas of Astronomy On-Line. 

Kind regards,

International Steering Committee
Astronomy On-line

Mass Email no. 22: November 22, 19:00 UT


Dear Astronomy On-line participants,

More items of today's Newspaper:

Two new fine reports from Bulgaria about Observing Programmes nos. 6
(Solar Activity) and 21 (Hale-Bopp). Each with two images.

New information about the Leonid Meteors is available with splendid
photo of bright fireball (bolide)!

Soon, the Astronomy On-Line Certificate will be ready for you to take.

Later this evening, you will hear about the immediate continuation of
some of the areas of Astronomy On-Line. 

Kind regards,

International Steering Committee
Astronomy On-line


Mass Email no. 23: November 22, 20:45 UT


Dear Astronomy On-line participants,

More items of today's Newspaper (now there are 13; one more to come):

The Astronomy On-Line Certificate is ready:

http://www.eso.org/astronomyonline/market/newspaper/news1512.html

About the continuation of Astronomy On-Line:

http://www.eso.org/astronomyonline/market/newspaper/news1502.html

Goodbye from ESO:

http://www.eso.org/astronomyonline/market/newspaper/news1503.html

There will be one more Mass Mailing within the next hour.
And that will be the last one.

Kind regards,

International Steering Committee
Astronomy On-line


Mass Email no. 24: November 22, 21:45 UT


Dear Astronomy On-line participants,

This is it - the Hot Week of Astronomy On-Line is over and we are
closing down for today.

It was a great feeling to be with you, to answer your questions and to
sense your interest. We hope you enjoyed it and we look forward to see
you again on the Web in the coming weeks and months. As you see from
the Newspaper article, some activities will carry on and you are of
course welcome to use the Astronomy On-Line material as much as you
like.

Together we have carried through a unique project. It will now be very
interesting to learn about the results from the Questionnaire. Do not
forget to send in your own evaluation before November 26!

Do not forget to get your Certificate.  

All the best, to all the 5000 of you!

Kind regards,

International Steering Committee
Astronomy On-line


PS. A final item has been added to the Newspaper ("Impressions").

Richard West
ESO


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