The international Colloquium “Open Issues in Local Star Formation
and Early Stellar Evolution” was held in Ouro Preto (Brazil) from April
05 to 10, 2003. The Colloquium took place in the “Parque Metal´urgico”,
an old iron industry that has been transformed into a nice modern conference
center. Ouro Preto is a 18th century colonial city that has been
declared a Cultural Heritage of Mankind in 1980. It is situated in the
hills of the State of Minas Gerais at about 100 km from Belo Horizonte....
The Local Group of Galaxies is the small, loose cluster to which our Milky Way
Galaxy belongs. It consists of approximately 36 known members, most of which are
dwarf galaxies. This Atlas includes identification charts for 32 members for which
identification atlases have not hitherto been published. There are numerous atlases of
various sorts for the Milky Way Galaxy and there is a published atlas for M31 and its
two close companions, M32 and NGC 205 (Hodge 1981). The Magellanic Clouds
have also been covered by identification atlases (Hodge and Wright 1967 and 1977).
The best thing about writing a book on the
A to Z of Scientists in Space and Astronomy
is discovering that many of the most amazing
contributions were made by ordinary people who
loved gazing at the stars. Musicians, philosophers,
priests, physicians, people who came from
impoverished backgrounds, and those with untold
wealth, have all contributed to our understanding
of what we see when we look into the
night sky, and where we fit into the scheme of
things. Astronomy, unlike any other field, can
be and has been significantly affected by amateurs.
The stars are for everyone....
At six years of age, for a few weeks in the fall of 1815, in the town of
Knob Creek, Hardin County, Kentucky, the boy went to his first school,
taught by a typical frontier teacher commissioned by local parents to provide
children with basic skills and only sufficiently knowledgeable himself
to rise modestly above that level. Teachers were in short supply on
the frontier that ran along the western ridge of the Appalachians; beyond
was the sparsely settled western portion of Ohio and the territories of
Indiana and Illinois; southward, much of the states of Kentucky and Tennessee.