One of the odd side activities at AAS meetings is the search for neat give aways from the different space missions, companies, and publishers. These items generally take the form of lanyards, pens, and posters. I picked up something kind of new and neat and just in time for pool parties last night : A WMAP beach ball depicting the cosmic microwave background. I’ll now be able to toss the fingerprint of the big bang around my classroom or back yard. There was also a happy cheerful button that proclaimed “I’m a Scientist” with a telescope and satellite.
And this was just at a pre-meeting dinner.
Currently, it’s looking like I should have brought a bigger bag.
The opening reception is tonight, and in the interim I’m going to find the beach and then go to an education meeting. More to come…