Posts made in January, 2008


Group Meetup


Posted By on Jan 9, 2008

It Rocked. I’m sleepy. Here’s a photo. Thank you so much for coming. You guys were wonderful for to meet.

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Astronomy Education in America


Posted By on Jan 8, 2008

At least once a month (often more often), I get an email from someone saying they really wished they’d taken astronomy in high school. I more rarely get emails from students who “wish [their] school taught astronomy.” In today’s world of “No Child Left Behind” (which my pre-service teachers lovingly refer to as All Children Left Behind), it is time to ask How many students have the opportunity to...

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Making a Milky Way


Posted By on Jan 8, 2008

According to research presented by Eric Gawiser of Rutgers University, ancestors of Milky Way (MW) like galaxies appear to be Lyman Alpha emitting galaxies. These progenitors were about 1/10th the size of the MW, 1/20th the mass of the MW, and 1/40th the stellar mass of the MW (the rest of the mass is gas and dust – the stars are still forming). (image left of Lyman Alpha galaxy, credit: NASA, ESA, Caryl Gronwall/Penn State)...

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Blue Blobs – Splat on the sky


Posted By on Jan 8, 2008

Duilia deMello of the Catholic University of America and NASA Goddard is presenting in the afternoon galaxies press conference. I’m in here reporting while Rebecca edits, and Phil and Fraser are listening to the NASA town hall meeting. In peering around the universe we tend to stumble across a lot of weird small stuff. Blobs of gas. Blobs of stars. Blobs. Ever find some mysterious blob on your kitchen counter? You know something...

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All of us are in here at the same time listening to Michael Griffin give an address. He had mostly been glossing over the histories of NASA. Now he is digging into where things are going. The Shuttle? Done when ISS is built and Hubble is launched. Period. It’s just not safe. Other projects are all being revisited. This is bad. SIM is in jeopardy. If I hear him right, it’s toast. If his recommendations are adopted. The...

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