Steinn Sigurðsson

Professor of Astrophysics at Pennsylvania State University, Science Editor at Astrophysical Journal. Icelandic. Herder of Cats.

Hubble Plateaus

In times past we have lovingly tracked the proposal frenzy as the near annual Hubble Space Telescope proposal deadline approaches. As was noted by Julianne several years ago, and confirmed over the last half dozen cycles, the shape of the curve of number of submitted proposals as a function of time until the deadline is…

meta blogging

Notes on Academic Blogging – Crooked Timber pines for the Good Old days Old School Blogging – seeing a pattern here… Want an Academic job? Hold your tongue Is it Journalism or just a prepackage press release – Sunlight Foundation’s Churnalism tool.

Rocks falling from the sky

In the great tradition of tracking Amazing Norwegian Meteorite Stories, we bring you: Meteorite almost hits Norwegian skydiver h/t Stjörnufræðivefurinn Short Norwegian version…

The Curl of Space

Imagine you were a very clever ant, living on a large log, floating in a big lake… …a very large, deep, cold lake. Being a not incurious, clever ant, you contemplate the lake in its infinite and insurmountable vastness. Surely knowing what lies on the lake, or even beyond the lake (if such can be…

Winter is Here

Sparkling, stinging, cold Fine microcrystals of snow Dance of the sunrise

You are at university. Do you like stars, and stuff? We revisit old ruminations on career paths ’cause it is topical… Another rehashed blast from the past. Should you do astronomy as an undergrad? (the following is in part shamelessly cribbed from a colleague’s previous freshman seminar for our majors): Do you like stars and…

So, now you’re at university, and you’re thinking about heading for grad school … A seasonal revisit of some old rumblings* *NB: this discussion should not be construed to be anything but hypothetical ramblings, they do not reflect in any way the official position of any academic institution, department or graduate program, especially not the…

What should a high school student do to get on a track to become an astrophysicist?

Augmented Reality Layar at AAS

An interesting new twist for the 223rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society will be the “Augmented Reality” poster – an instantiation of the very rapidly growing augmented reality features appearing everywhere through smartphone apps or google glass. V838 Mon poster by Vogt et al will have a layar augmentation: using layar creator, tags are…

Although many moons have passed, we once again approach The Mighty iPod One, and we once again ask the impossible: Oh, Mighty iPod, is there indeed invasive terrestrial scum on Europa, transmitted through the mystery of lithopanspermia? Woosh goes the Mighty iPod. Woosh. The Covering: Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy – Bowie and Crosby The…