A layman's guide to this Web site

One of the nice features of putting technical, scientific material on the Web is that anyone can surf in and see what's going on in the world of professional science. Often all the public gets about scientific discoveries are dumbed-down (and therefore somewhat inaccurate, or at least incomplete) sound bites, leaving the real story as well-hidden as before. In this site you will find a decidely not-dumbed-down version of two days in the lives of 31 professional astronomers.

These pages contain the proceedings of a scientific conference held on October 6 and 7, 1997 at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. The purpose of this conference was to discuss Solar analogs -- which stars in the sky are most similar to our own Sun. If you plow through all the material in these pages, you'll see that this is an important, and difficult, question to answer.

Proceedings are written versions of scientific conferences. Astronomers who attended the meeting submit written versions of their contribution to it, which the editor then compiles into a single volume.

You'll find several kinds of contributions in these pages.

Jeffrey Hall
Editor, Solar Analogs Workshop proceedings
Lowell Observatory