American Astronomical Society

The AAS will be having their winter meeting this week in Austin Texas.

Be on the lookout for dozens of papers, presentations and discussions of interest coming from Austin starting Tuesday. Fraser Cain and Phil Plait promise live blogging and updates from the various venues (and isn’t this a great use of the technology)!

Waaaay in the past, I co-presented a paper at the meeting in Madison, WI. Very cool experience. I met the fabled astronomer Martin Schwarzschild there. He was perhaps the first to use computers (back in the days of room sized, vacuum tube, water cooled computing) to use oscillations in stars as probes into their interiors. (And his father, Karl, was even more famous as a collaborator of Einstein’s, and theoretician whose work led to an early understanding of black holes.)

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