David R KLASSEN #238
Letters to the Editor

From David R KLASSEN in CMO #238


Volume 5; Issue 2
Dec 15, 2000
Circulation: 1647

(1) Welcome message from the editor
(2) New MarsWatch Web site!
(3) Some good WWW sites for observational planning

Dear Marsphiles,

  I realize there has been quite the dry spell between issues 1 and 2 of the current volume of the MarsWatch Newsletter. I have been working in part on trying to procure a machine to host the MarsWatch web and ftp sites. However, the newsletter is back and I will try to keep it up on at least a monthly basis from here on through at least the end of 2001. I suspect that during the height of the opposition there may be several quick announcements between newsletters. Please note that content of newsletter will depend on all of you observers - I hope this can become a central location where you will be able to let others know of all the interesting discoveries you are making in your observations. Just e-mail your comments and information to me and I will collect it all together to pass on to everyone getting this newsletter.

Here's wishing us all happy holidays and Clear Skies!

- Dave    

  It's here! We have a new site for the International MarsWatch. After trying to go through several channels I settled on putting the burden upon myself (and any students I can happen to snag). The site is at http://www.rowan.edu/marswatch/ and the associated ftp site, for uploading all the images we will be taking this observing season, is at ftp.rowan.edu. You can submit images to the /pub/marswatch/incoming directory. Full instructions on using the ftp site are on the web page.

I would like to thank the Astroleague for hosting the 1999 MarsWatch site and especially Bert Stevens for his tireless efforts during the last opposition at getting all the image up for viewing with a surprisingly short turn-around time. I hope I will be able to live up to the standard you set.

The current incarnation of the site was inspired in form by both Bert's version from 1999 and the 1994/5 web site which was designed and run by Jim Bell - your former MarsWatch newsletter editor. If you have any advice on how to deal with the deluge of images, let me know!

At the bottom of this, and subsequent newsletters, you will see links to all the MarsWatch sites. Be sure to check them out.

  For those of you planning your observations I thought I'd give a plug to our friends at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for their wonderful Solar System Dynamics WWW page http://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/ From this page you can go to great web based tool to calculate the ephemerides of Mars - location in the sky in several formats, L_s, sub-Earth point, sub-Solar point, etc. etc. An extremely useful tool!

A second tool is Jim Bell's Mars Now web page at http://clamcake.tn.cornell.edu/marsview.cgi which will show you what Mars should look like for just about any date and time. The image produced is based on the Viking albedo maps and is a great way to get oriented.

If you have other suggestions of sites that will help out in making our observations, please pass them along.

Marswatch WWW sites:
Questions, comments, concerns, and contributions to:
David R. Klassen
Department of Chemistry & Physics
Rowan University
201 Mullica Hill Road
Glassboro, NJ 08028

voice: 856-256-4500 x3273
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Department of Chemistry & Physics
Rowan University