moonwatch participants

From: Bart De Pontieu (
Date: Mon Mar 22 2004 - 16:55:10 EST

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    This may have been reported on the list before, apologies if that is the
    The March 2004 AAS newsletter (American Astronomical Society) has the
    following letter in it that may be of interest to some of you:
    "Were you a Moontwatcher? If you took part in the Smithsonian
    Astrophysical Observatory's Project Moonwatch in the 1950s, '60s or '70s,
    we would like to hear from you. From 1957 to 1975 many amateur astronomers
    (and some professionals) got their start by helping visually locate
    satellites in the night sky as part of a program coordinated by the SAO.
    We are working on an NSF-supported project to research the post-World War
    II history of the SAO, and hope to better assess the impact of
    "Moonwatch", one of its defining programs. Although the Smithsonian
    Archives contains ample information on Moonwatch, we also need to locate
    as many members of the program as possible today to fully appreciate the
    program. At this point we are collecting names and contact information.
    Interested parties may contact either David DeVorkin at the National Air
    and Space Museum ( or Patrick McCay at the
    University of California Santa Barbara ("
    Please contact the above addresses (not me).
    Bart De Pontieu --  --
    (650) 424-3094  --  Lockheed Martin Solar & Astrophysics Lab, Palo Alto -- 3251 Hanover St., O/L9-41, Bldg. 252, CA 94304
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