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It Was Just A Tuesday

22 Apr 2012, 07:58 UTC
It Was Just A Tuesday
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It was just a Tuesday, not unlike any other Tuesday, exceptI happened to be working in my office on the first floor of AAVSO headquartersin Cambridge. I opened my email and began responding to the messages that hadcome in since the previous night. Several members had renewed their membership,some had made donations with their renewals, some new members had signed up, TZPer was in outburst, so I updated the CVnet page. Here was one from thesequence team telling me Tim Crawford had uploaded a sequence created by ournewest team member Natalia Virnina, from Odessa, in the Ukraine.I had witnessed Natalia’s AAVSO story right from thebeginning. She had submitted a well-constructed proposal to observe several eclipsingbinaries, using AAVSOnet telescopes. Unfortunately, she was not a member, andpaying dues would have presented a hardship for her. No problem, Tom Krajcivolunteered to sponsor her membership and within a few days he was setting upher observing plan and taking data for her.As it turned out, almost none of her program stars hadexisting sequences, so she contacted Tim Crawford to request sequences for herobserving targets. She was perfectly willing to do the work herself, if Timcould just show her the ins and outs of using SeqPlot ...

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