AAS Coverage

I’m currently at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Pasadena, California. My students are livestreaming all the press conferences, and I’ll be streaming a few special events. Here is our schedule of events: Monday, June 8, 12 Noon: BLACK HOLES & PULSARS press conference Tuesday, June 9 9:00 AM: GALAXY DISCOVERIES press conference 10:30 AM: INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF ASTRONOMY UPDATE press conference (Featuring me 🙂 ) 12:40 PM: STARS & STAR CLUSTERS press conference 6:30pm PLANETARY CLASSIFICATION SPECIAL SESSION (special URL) WEDNESDAY June 10 9am GALACTIC CENTER press conference 10am NEW MEDIA SPECIAL SESSION (me again) 11:30am EXOPLANET NEWS press conference 12:30 WIDE-FIELD INFRARED SURVEY EXPLORER PREVIEW press conference THURSDAY...

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AAS Day 0: Non-Model Behavior in Dark Matter

I know I’ve been silent for a long time, but this week I hope to make up for my wayward ways and blog my brain out. This week is the 213th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Long Beach, California. I’m here along with many of my friends and colleagues from across Astronomy Cast, 365 Days of Astronomy, IYA, and Galaxy Zoo. Since we’re all new media, Fraser and I were able to twist arms to get help live casting the conference to the world (which happens to include you). Joining me in person are: Fraser Cain (our second time meeting in person!), Ian O’Niell, Michael Koppelmann, Chris Lintott, Georgia Bracey, Scott Miller, and Jordan Raddick. Nancy Atkinson is also helping us from afar. Together, we’re going to get you as...

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AAS New Media Resources

AAS New Media Resources

I’d like to start this post by publicly saying I couldn’t be prouder of how well everyone did in the workshops and sessions on new media. From handling random technical messes to giving presentations to remotely, from ad libbing demos to answer questions to just wiring computers and manning cameras – they did it all, they did it well, and I think we took turns making one another laugh as we worked our collective asses off. Here is to (in alphabetical order): Adrienne Gauthier, Chris Lintott, Emily Lakdawalla, Georgia Bracey, Jordan Raddick, Lance Walters, Lars Christensen, Michael Koppelman, Nancy Atkinson, Pedro Russo, Phil Plait, Preston Gibson, Robert Hurt, and Scott Miller. I would also be remiss if I didn’t say that Chris and Scott...

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AAS Day 2: Google Sky, Google Earth, and the International Year of Astronomy

I have been trying to find the time to learn how to use Google Sky for astronomy outreach for the last year. My time is limited, and I have to admit that my early attempts were met with very ugly implementations, and I’ve been dieing to see what others are doing and (more importantly) to learn how they are doing it. Today, Google is sponsoring workshop in the IYA meeting-within-a-meeting at the AAS meeting. The first thing I learned is Google actually has folks assigned to nurture non-profits to help them plug in. http://www.google.com/educators/geo . They have help, tutorials, ideas and more pre-prepared to help us build our content into virtual worlds. Their latest and greatet includes: weather, sunlight skins, 3D Buildinsg/SketchUp, a Swoop feature that...

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AAS Day 2: Making Wishes come True

Earlier today I was giving a presentation on the IYA new media plans for next year. At one point, on behalf of the wonderful Adrienne Gauthier, I was talking about our plans (funding pending) for IYA in Second Life. After I said that “pending funding” sentence, Kris Koenig of Interstellar Studios raised his hand and said, “I’ll take care of it.” I was so confused by what he said that I looked at my overhead to see what I had written. He repeated himself and others in the audience clarified “He’s buying your team the IYA island,” and I, well, I had a giggly-thank you-“oh wow that’s wonderful” moment at the front of the room. I can now proudly state that 400 Years of the Telescope Partnership will be...

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