The New Astronomy: Opening the Electromagnetic Window and by Wayne Orchiston

By Wayne Orchiston

this can be an strange publication, combining because it does papers on astrobiology, background of astronomy and sundials, but—after all—Woody Sullivan is an strange guy. In overdue 2003 I spent fruitful and stress-free months within the Astronomy division on the college of Washington (UW) engaged on archival fabric collected over the many years by means of Woody, for a ebook we are going to co-author with Jessica Chapman at the early improvement of Australian astronomy. the single severe highbrow distraction I confronted in this interval used to be making plans for an IAU colloquium on transits of Venus scheduled for June 2004 in England, the place i used to be all the way down to current the ‘Cook’ paper. I knew Woody was once additionally drawn to transits (and, certainly, something remotely attached with shadows—see his paper on web page 3), and in discussing the Preston assembly with him it transpired that his sixtieth birthday was once timed to take place only one week later. This was once the place the seed of ‘Woodfest’ started to germinate. Why now not invite neighbors and co-workers to affix Woody in Seattle and rejoice this proud occasion? I placed the assumption to Woody and others at UW, they cherished it, and ‘Woodfest’ was once born.

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