From William Patrick SHEEHAN
® . . . . . . .Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2003 09:43:20 -0600
Subject: japan in april
Exciting to follow the development of the dust storm. Mars continues to reward us with surprises. Many, I am sure, have ceased to monitor the planet. We shall see if this becomes global.
I have been pondering the upcoming visit to your fair shores. With my professional schedule and need also to plan for the transit of Venus, in early June, and also a desire not to overstay my welcome, I am wondering if it might possibly make more sense for me to arrive in the latter part of April -- shortly before the 23rd -- and stay for two weeks or so over the time of the meetings and to do the trip to Anamizu, then return here to prepare for the transit of Venus. I know that this may mean missing the cherry blossoms but it will be more important for me to attend the meetings than to see them this time.
I hope I shall again come to
We shall then have less time for waiting and I would rather you were not burdened with the task of looking after me for such a long time. Let me know if this abbreviated schedule is more accommodating to your needs.
The other thing I hope you will look at is
the Lick Observatory -- two weeks on Mars drawing page that you consulted
recently. The artist/photographer Laurie Hatch made some drawings of Mars
as viewed through the Great Refractor after I left
All my very best,
® . . . . . . .Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2003 18:43:08 -0600
Subject: RE: japan in april
This is excellent, and I will start making travel arrangements around the schedule you have described to me this weekend. I will send you the results hopefully in the next few days.
I am greatly looking forward to the meeting.
I know something of George Davidson's work
I shall check this weekend with both Tom
Dobbins and David Strauss and see if they are able to accompany our
expeditions. It shall be great to see as
many sites as we can associated with
We are all worrying about the effects the dust storms may have on the impending Rover landings. I shall contact Laurie Hatch but her drawings can be accessed through the Lick Observatory -- Two Weeks on Mars web site
With best regards, and looking forward to seeing you at your convenience in April,
® . . . . . . .Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2003 09:49:45 -0600
Subject: RE: tailless cat
Dear Masatsugu --
The book on the transits of Venus is not yet but will soon be published. I shall send a copy or bring some with so I can bestow them on you and your friends in April/May. Meanwhile, Sky & Telescope just published the first of two articles I wrote for them on the transit.
I shall try to make clearer what
This prose is quite typically Lowellian. The old
lady's peculiarity (limitation) was her deafness; presumably she was the only
deaf landlady he had encountered, which is why her peculiarity was personal
(individual). But the cat's want of a
tail was obviously not unusual in this part of
I shall contact David Strauss and Tom Dobbins about our plans in April and especially in May. Meanwhile, our own itinerary is shaping up nicely indeed.
Bill SHEEHAN (