There be Dragons (& Voorwerps)

There be Dragons (& Voorwerps)

It’s 2 weeks to Dragon*Con and I’m going a bit insane. As I mentioned in my last post, a group of us are getting ready to launch a comic book at Dragon*Con. As I’ve twittered, there is a fundraiser for cancer research the night before Dragon*Con. What I haven’t mentioned is after a summer hiatus, Astronomy Cast is coming back full force and my non-profit, Astrosphere New Media Association, is launching a store selling all sorts of science goodies. Trying to pull all this stuff together has been, um, challenging. But we’re getting there. And I’m hoping you’ll be there as we bring everything to fruition. Consider this your formal invite to all of the following: Watch the Stars – Light the Night [buy tickets here]...

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UStream Feed LIVE! (Public Events)

Video clips at Ustream Invited Talks are scheduled for following dates and times (pending confirmation with all speakers!). You are invited to attend all events on the Astronomy Cast Public Events UStream Channel. Please feel free to embed this channel on your own webpage! Mon., Jan. 4 8:00 a.m. Van Biesbroeck Prize and Welcoming Address 8:30 p.m. Kepler Planet Detection Mission: Introduction and First Results 11:40 p.m. Russell Lectureship: RR Lyrae Atmospheres: Wrinkles Old and New 3:40 p.m. Pierce Prize: Finding Utility in the Diverse Origins of Gamma-Ray Bursts 4:30 p.m. LeRoy Doggett Prize: History of the Extraterrestrial Life Debate Join us in Second Life [SLURL] 6:30 p.m.  Gemant Prize: Science as Performance Join us in Second...

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And on a personal note at IAU

And on a personal note at IAU

A few random comments: We just had a brief potential moment of food and drink. People from countries derived from the UK politely attempted to line up (queue), while others, um, did not. A few lucky people got food (including cake!), wine or beer, and even juice or soda by the can. They other 1300 people looked sad. This has been a regular occurrence, with the food and beverages providing only being sufficient for a few hundred (or far far fewer!) people. This is a serious problem that I have thwarted only by being a member of the press. The press room has a constant supply of bottled water. Anyway – On a more positive note, can I just say it is a blast seeing almost everyone in T-shirts and casual cloths? Kevin Marvel, Pres of the AAS, is in a Hawaiian...

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AstroFest 2007 (Texas)

I’ll be at AstroFest hanging out, meeting students, and giving a talk on standard star calibrations. If you’re an an SAO alum, consider coming 🙂 Here’s the info on the talk I’ll be giving: Standard Stars, Standard Colors, and the art of not being unique Every set of optics has its own unique set of issues. Some are a little insensitive in the blue, some have something against red. Some filters let through a little more square of a band pass of light, and others let through more sloped a spectral energy distribution. These system to system irregularities mean that a particular star’s instrumental B-V on one scope is not the same as its instrumental B-V on a different telescope. Complicating this are atmospheric differences that cause...

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AAS – Austin, TX

I get to go (subject to funding) and be the proud academic parent as at least 1, and possibly 2, of my students present their first papers.

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AAVSO 2007 Fall Meeting

Still not sure what I’ll be up to, but I plan on being there to enjoy the first meeting in the new building 🙂

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