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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…

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…

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…

Bolden Responds

“Text of Bolden Response to Wolf Letter Re Chinese Participation in Kepler Conference” – from spacepolicyonline.com >From: Bolden, Charles (HQ-AA000) >Sent: Thursday, October 10, 2013 12:20 PM Central Standard Time >To: >Cc: >Subject: Response to Chairman Wolf “It is unfortunate that potential Chinese participants were refused attendance at the upcoming Kepler Conference at the Ames…

The Lights Are Going Out…

When it is darkest, men see the stars. This afternoon I needed to check something urgently, and as is my habit in this day and age, I jumped to a website where I knew the information was available. A few seconds later, with some irritation I went to hit “refresh” as the request failed to…

Cargo Cult Administration

Many physical scientists learned of the curious phenomena of the Cargo Cult from Feynman’s commencement address at Caltech, as reproduced in his book, “Surely You’re Joking, Mr Feynman!”. In the address, Feynman cautions us against the conceptually similar notion of Cargo Cult Science, where people go through the motions of mimicking a scientific process, while…