Monday, January 11, 2010

The big AAS meeting in DC

Hi all. Finally catching my breath after the American Astronomical Society (AAS) meeting in Washington, DC. Attendance was well over 3000 -- as always, it's an overwhelming experience. In the next week or so, I'll post some highlights.

The AAS streams session videos for past meetings, but there are no links for the current meeting. I'm surprised that the plenary talks aren't publicly available right after the meeting. If I'm wrong, somebody send the URL pronto! Obviously, taping & streaming videos would cost money, but what a great outreach tool, and a way to reach AAS members unable to attend the meeting.

Speaking of outreach, on the DC Metro I spied an example of how thoroughly NASA images have penetrated the public consciousness:

Quick, what Messier galaxy is that? And what is it doing on an advert for dental work?

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