## STANDARD STAR

This SSN logo shows our fundamental standard, the Sun, in the rock engravings of the Camuns. The prehistoric people of Camuns lived during the period 8000 to 16 B.C. in the valleys of the Alps neighbouring Milano (Lombardia province). Our symbol of the Sun was used by the Camuns in the Neolithic period, 5000 to 3800 B.C.
(Laura E. Pasinetti, founding editor)
The Standard Star Newsletter is the publication of the Standard Stars Working Group sponsored by Commissions 25, 29, 30, and 45 of the International Astronomical Union. Its purpose is to keep astronomers in touch with all aspects of stellar standards: those in photometry, spectroscopy, polarization, element abundances, stellar parameters, and radial velocities.

The Working Group's current chairman is Chris Corbally of the Vatican Observatory.

The Newsletter's editor, Richard Gray (Appalachian State Univ., Boone, NC), welcomes requests from astronomers to be put on the e-mailing list and suitable contributions. These contributions, which may be sent at any time, can be abstracts of accepted papers, comments, reports of work in hand, news of conferences, and book reviews.

NEW FORMAT FOR THE STANDARD STAR NEWSLETTER

At the recent International Astronomical Union General Assembly held in Prague, members of the Standard Star Working Group met to discuss the future of the Standard Star Newsletter (SSN). It was decided to convert the SSN to a web format which would be "crystallized" into a permanent edition of the newsletter every 6 months, on the normal publishing schedule of the SSN. This new web format, however, will permit near instant (within a few days) publication of abstracts, comments, reports, etc. on the web. This, we hope, will transform the newsletter into a much better instrument to communicate developments in the field of standard stars, and will be increasingly used by members of the "standard star community" to keep in touch with developments, and to discuss their own work and research with their colleagues.

SUBMISSIONS

Issue #44 of the Standard Star Newsletter is now open for submissions (scheduled to be "crystallized" at the end of March 2008).

The Quick Topic discussion forum has been discontinued

DISCUSSION THREAD on the subject of A STANDARD FIELD FOR SURVEYS

SPECTRAL CLASSIFICATION CODING NOTE: MAST and Virtual Observatory

In consultation with Chris Corbally and Richard Gray, MAST has been working on a system to encode spectral types in the literature to make possible searches on NASA databases based on spectral type. This system is also being submitted to the IVOA for possible incorporation into the Virtual Observatory search engines. The working note on this project is now available. While this project is already fairly mature, comments from Standard Star Newsletter readers are very welcome. Please send your comments to the editor of the newsletter, Richard Gray.

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The electronic issues come in Postscript and Adobe Acrobat (best with version 4 or higher) format (with figures) and in LaTeX format and stripped ASCII (no figures) . (The Compressed and Acrobat files may be viewed on a PC and printed with the free Windows software GSview.)
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When submitting an abstract, please include the following information, preferably by using this template:
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}}\\{\bf{                 A. Author$^1$ and B. Author$^2$
}}\\{\footnotesize $^1$   Institute One and Address
\\  $^2$     Institute Two and Address
}\end{center}
\smallskip{               TEXT OF ABSTRACT
}\\{\bf Accepted by}      JOURNAL
\\{\it For preprints, contact}
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Other Astronomy Electronic Newsletters can be found through the web page maintained by Philippe Eenens.

SOFA, the Standard Objects For Astronomy site, contains links for selecting standard objects.

PDPP #1 PDF, the Newsletter of the IAU Task Force for the Preservation and Digitization of Photographic Plates.
PDPP #1 gzipped postscript