Programme

FM 5 “Understanding historical observations to study transient phenomena”

Vienna, Austria, 2018 Aug 20-22 (during the IAU GA)

There will be a few solicited talks on “understanding historical observations” plus a few solicited talks on its application for astronomical studies of transient phenomena – plus an introduction on Monday morning, two poster sessions, a round-table discussion, and a philosophical reflection at the end.
In addition, we ask for contributions as talks or posters.

Preliminary agenda:

Monday Aug 20 (FM 5 Day 1)

10:00h – 10:30h Coffee break

10:30h – 12:00h Understanding historical Observations to study Transients – Essentials

“What is Terra-Astronomy? An introduction”
(Ralph Neuhäuser, U Jena, Germany)

“Compilations of historical observations from East Asia: what is qi?” (prelim. title)
(Jesse Chapman, UC Merced, USA)

Contributed talks (e.g. methodological considerations, completeness of records, history of astronomy, etc.)

12:00h – 13:30h Lunch break

13:30h – 15:00h Proxies from the Past to study Solar Activity Variations

“The solar observations during the Maunder minimum: recent advances”
(Jose Vaquero, U Extremadura, Spain)

“Aurora catalogs revisited – with a focus on European records from the Early Modern Period”
(Dagmar L. Neuhäuser, independant scholar, Germany)

Contributed talks (e.g. sunspots, aurorae, Grand Minima, etc.)

15:00h – 15:30h Coffee break

(15:30h Opening Ceremony IAU GA)


Tuesday Aug 21 (FM 5 Day 2)

10:00h – 10:30h Coffee break

10:30h – 12:00h Proxies from the Past to study Solar Activity Variations

“Radiocarbon to reconstruct solar activity” (prelim. title)
(Lukas Wacker, ETH Zürich)

Contributed talks (terrestrial and historical archives etc.)

12:00h – 13:30h Lunch break

13:30h – 15:00h Historical Records to study Solar System Dynamics

“Cuneiform descriptions of transient phenomena”
(Hermann Hunger, U Vienna, Austria)

“Secular changes in Earth’s rotation” (prelim. title)
(Richard Stephenson, U Durham, UK)

Contributed talks (and/or maybe short poster presentations)

15:00h – 15:30h Coffee break

15:30h – 16:30h Poster Session 1
(together with the other FMs and Symposia running in GA Week 1)

(16:45h First Business Meeting of the GA)


Wednesday Aug 22 (FM 5 Day 3)

10:00h – 10:30h Coffee break

10:30h – 12:00h “Guest Star” Records to study Transient Phenomena

“Historical Meteor outbursts and its parent comets”
(Sang-Hyeon Ahn, Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Korea)

“I,II,III,IV,V – Types of Historical Supernovae and what You, I, and LIGO Might Have Seen”
(Virginia Trimble, UC Irvine, USA)

Contributed talks (e.g. meteors, comets, novae, supernovae, etc.)

12:00h – 13:30h Lunch break

13:30h – 15:00h “Guest Star” Records to study Transient Phenomena

“Recurrent novae in history” (prelim. title)
(Ashley Pagnotta, College of Charleston, USA)

“Transient astronomical phenomena in Australian Indigenous oral traditions: 65,000 years of oral history”
(Duane Hamacher, U Monash, New Zealand)

Roundtable Discussion

“Philosophical reflection: analyzing historically unique events in astrophysics versus searching for general laws of nature in other branches of physics: an epistemological consideration”
(Thomas Posch, U Vienna, Austria)

15:00h – 15:30h Coffee break


Friday Aug 24

10:00h – 10:30h Coffee break

10:30h – 11:00h Poster Session 2
(together with the other FMs and Symposia running in Week 1)

NB: Sessions of FM 9 “Solar Irradiance” all day Aug 23 (8:30h to 17:00h)

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