10 days of Space Science!

10 days of Space Science!

This is going to be another crazy wonderful week on Astronomy Cast Live. Just like we covered the American Astronomical Society meeting last January, this week we will be covering BOTH the launch of STS-123 and the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston, TX. Making this possible are: Scott Miller (A SIUE student I work with) who is spending his Spring Break in Florida for the launch, Rebecca Bemrose-Fetter who is spending her Spring Break in Texas at the LPSC, and of course me and Fraser. I will be in Texas at LPSC, and Fraser will be participating remotely, working to help get you wall-to-wall coverage of all that is going on Johnson Space Flight Center to Kennedy Space Flight Center. We invite you to join us, and ask you to please announce the...

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Getting involved! (and maybe even meet me :) )

Want to get involved in taking data? Visiting with researchers? Getting others looking up? Here are some ways: The GLOBE at Night:  Starting Monday February 25, the GLOBE at Night program is asking everyone in the world (which would include you) to go out, look up, match how many stars they see in Orion with comparison charts available online, and then report their observations through their website.   This data will be used to map the severity of light pollution around the globe. Lunar and Planetary Society Conferene: Interested in Solar System Science? Are you a Houston are Educator (formal or informal?) March 10-14 the 34th LPSC conference will be taking place in League City, TX (just outside of Houston) and on March 9 they will hold an...

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Group Meetup

Group Meetup

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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Can I Pin You?

Can I Pin You?

AAS has started and life is good. Phil, Fraser and I are moving in a happy pack and having great time. It was wonderful finally meeting Fraser face to face (check out the latest Astronomy Cast for pictures of the two of us recording). The real meeting starts about now. Rebecca is off in the main session room live blogging an exoplanets talk, and the rest of us are in the press room prepping for the first press conference. Last night was reception, reception, reception, reception, and I was on a personal mission to pin people. John Mathers, yes that John Mathers (photo below from last AAS), even let me put a pin on his lapel. It was good silly fun as I went from the Educators Reception, to the Undergrads (plus their advisers) reception, to the main reception to an...

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AAVSO: Day 1, post dinner blogging

1 good dinner + 1 good martini + 1 calmed brain = ready to blog less panicy Dennis di Cicco is giving a talk on the history the building we are all sitting in. This is actually way more exciting than one might expect. Dennis is an editor at Sky & Telescope magazine, and S&T and the AAVSO have a very strangely interwoven history. Both orgs started at Harvard College Observatory. Both orgs had headquarters on Concord Ave (decades apart in time, but across the street from each other). They both (several decades apart) moved to the same 1 block area on what eventually grew into adjoining properties. They stayed next to each for about 20 years. Then last year, S&T was purchased by New Track Media, moved to a new office, and AAVSO bought their old HQ. (Full...

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AstroFest

I go to a lot of conferences. Some are good, some are bad, and most are just, well, a generic conference. In addition to the science content presented, I tend to judge conferences by three other criteria: Is it pleasant (are the hotel and conference center places I like being and within walking distance of things like good coffee), are we able to eat in a reasonable way (enough time and options), and is networking possible (are there people I want to talk to and is their time to actually talk to them)? This conference is a winner on all counts. [warning – this was written over a period of a couple days] Day 1, afternoon: I’m sitting in review talk on Mars polar regions that is presenting excellent science at just the right level for an audience of...

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