AAS Day 2: Bring It On

Nancy Atkinson and I determined that yesterday we lived a life time. Press conferences, public talks, the exhibit hall, the oral sessions, the plenary sessions – It all swept over us and through our fingers as we blogged and recorded and brought to life everything that was around us. Our Ustreaming seems to be working (more or less) well. Today will be a rinse and repeat. Press Conferences here. TV Show hosted by Ustream New Media Round Table Broadcast powered by Ustream.TV Today I’m hoping to be able to write more and bring it to you here and at Astronomy Cast Live. Tonight, we’ll be meeting up with anyone who is interested at Kitchen K, starting at 7pm. We hope to see you...

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AAS Day 1: A moment of (not a) discovery

There was sudden burst of “OH WOW” in my heart when in this morning’s press conference Steve Maran announced that he had word that LIGO had discovered a gravitational wave from the crab nebulae. I honestly have always worried if LIGO, with its ground-based nature, could overcome the instabilities of a planet covered in people, and experiencing platechtonics. To work, it has to measure slight changes in the distance a laser beam travels that are only a few hairs in size over many kilometers (the beam bounces down and reflects back 2km or 4km arms). This is H-A-R-D! So when Steve made the announcement I WOOTed. But… If you read one of the many press releases, you’ll see that in reality, LIGO simply failed to detect a gravitational...

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Astronomy Cast / Bad Astronomy / Galaxy Zoo / Blogger meetup in St Louis

Following the success of our meeting in Austin back in January, we’re planning another meetup to coincide with the St Louis AAS meeting next week. If you’re nearby, you’ll find Phil, me, Chris , Michael and a host of other astronomical types in the K-Kitchen bar from 7pm on Tuesday June 3. Come. Chat. Drink. Astronomise. Be there and/or be square

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The Explosive Universe

The Explosive Universe

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Many things are in the pipeline for production. In the past 24 hours I have recorded numerous different interviews and tidbits with people working on supernovae, in science reporting, and astronomy education. I have so much material I’m not quite sure when I’ll find the time to edit it together, but time will be made, and Astronomy Cast will have some great new material in weeks to come.

Today’s press conferences spanned a wide gamut, talking about everything from dwarf galaxies to disk formation to, I kid you not, hot chocolate…

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When Galaxies interact, it’s Not all Fun and Games

When Galaxies interact, it’s Not all Fun and Games

qqqcol3icon2.jpgToday’s round of press conference started with the story of three systems that have mutually triggered fireworks in one another’s cores. Specifically, a gravitationally bound system of three quasars has been located at a distance of roughly 10.4 billion light years (z = 2.076). This is the first such triple quasar system that has been located.

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