See you at AAS: Come the Real, Come the Virtual!

See you at AAS: Come the Real, Come the Virtual!

I have the internets and I’m not afraid to use them! Today we premiered our new wireless rig – 2 wireless 3G verizon cards and 2 netgear 3G -> wireless routers, and while we have kinks left to work out, I feel okay saying we are going to stream our little hearts out at this meeting in hopes that you can consume the best of what this meeting has to offer. Specifically, my team – the self-named SIUE Collective (they decided I’m their Borg Queen – Eek!) – will be UStreaming (pending confirmation with all speakers!) along the side the Second Life casting of the wonderful Adrienne Gauthier of the University of Arizona. The full plan can be found over on Astrosphere, but here are my “I can only see one thing a day”...

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See you in San Francisco at Astronomical Society of the Pacific?

See you in San Francisco at Astronomical Society of the Pacific?

Another day and yet another plane. This time I’m on my way to the Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s annual meeting in San Francisco, California. I’ll be part of three different presentations: Panel: The Spectrum of Citizen Science Projects in Astronomy and Space Science (Mon. Sep 14, 3:30pm-5:00pm) Panel: International Year of Astronomy 2009 Cornerstone Projects: What’s Available for You (Tue. Sep 15, 3:30pm-5:00pm) Plenary Panel: The Future is Here: Can EPO Navigate the Digital Age? (Wed. Sep 16, 8:00am-9:30am) AND… There will be a meetup for anyone interested (Astro people, twitter people, Galaxy Zoo people, Astronomy Cast people, Star Stryder people, people people) on Wednesday night at 7pm at O’Sole Mio Restaurant. Will...

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IAU Opening Ceremony

IAU Opening Ceremony

Please don’t ask me why the opening ceremony is halfway through the second day. I do not know. What I do know is the background of the Opening Ceremony is an image of the minor planets Eris, Pluto (+Charon), Makemake, and Haumea. Anyway, today is the opening ceremony. For the first time, we seem to be running on what I’ve heard referred to as “Brazil Time.” Slatted to begin at 2pm, the event finally started at 2:40pm. All of us are crammed into one large auditorium, with members of the media, press officers, and security guards swarming around the edges of the room with cameras and notebooks, radio-headsets, and video cameras. It is a mass of swarming black suites, and at the front of it all is Catherine Cesarsky speaking calmly behind a...

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I’m not messing with Texas, Just with LPSC

Currently I’m on my way to Houston Texas to attend the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference courtesy of the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the Jet Propulsion  Lab. This is my third LPSC and I have to say I’m really excited. This is one of my favorite conferences for 3 reasons: I always learn something new, the people are exceedingly friendly, and planetary science just rocks (pun badly intended). Seriously though, I am a geology neophyte and LPSC provides me a once a year chance to just learn learn learn. This year’s conference looks especially good as it offers entire sessions dedicated to the Mars Phoenix Lander, the current class of Moon explorers, and even info from Venus Express. One thing LPSC seriously does right is they offer...

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AAS – The Many Ring Circus

This is a crazy wonderful place. Over and over, I’ve heard people say this is the super bowl of astronomy. I’m not so sure that is the truth. I feel more like this is the 3 (or 5 or 10) ring circus of astronomy. In every ring there is a new group doing their thing and playing to crowds. I sometimes feel that my attention is getting pulled in every direction as the biggest, the brightest, the shiniest, and the newest all juggle and flip to the music of the stars.

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