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AMATEUR ASTRONOMERS CONVENE WITH EXPERTS

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What's a transvestite supernova?

That question was among others that got serious attention at StarConn '93, a recent convention of amateur astronomers that also attracted some professionals. The meeting at Wesleyan University drew about 300 people from around the Northeast."We're bringing the latest information from the professional astronomical community that's important to amateur astronomers," said Suzanne Marinan, who coordinated the event for the Astronomical Society of Greater Hartford.

"There's a real connection between amateurs and professionals," she said. "We rely a lot on data given by amateur astronomers - amateurs are often the ones who discover new comets, new asteroids and supernovae in other galaxies." So what's a transvestite supernova?

It's a type of supernova that has transformed itself into another type since it was discovered, said William Herbst, a Wesleyan astronomy professor.

An amateur from Spain discovered it.