NSN Webinar: Highlights from the Super Bowl of Astronomy

NSN Webinar: Highlights from the Super Bowl of Astronomy

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  • Inside Venue
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  • Teen, Adult
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NSN members joined  Rick Fienberg for a review of the latest in astronomy fresh from the 223rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society on Wednesday, January 23.

They don’t call the winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) the “Super Bowl of Astronomy” just because it occurs in January. That moniker also refers to its size and its cornucopia of cosmic discoveries. The 233rd AAS meeting, held at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle the week of 6-10 January 2019, is definitely supersize, with nearly 3,200 scientists, students, exhibitors, reporters, and others registered to attend. The scientific program is huge, too, featuring some 2,400 plenary lectures, short talks, posters, and electronic iPosters. I’ll review some of the scientific highlights, including early results from NASA’s newest exoplanet hunter, breakthroughs in the quest to understand fast radio bursts, and insights into black holes and their host galaxies from here to the edge of the visible universe.

About Rick Fienberg

Rick Fienberg is in his 10th year as Press Officer of the American Astronomical Society. From 1986 to 2008 he served in a variety of editorial and management positions at Sky & Telescope magazine, including eight years as Editor in Chief. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physics at Rice University and his master’s degree and doctorate in astronomy at Harvard University. Though trained as a professional astronomer, Rick remains an amateur at heart, observing the sky and taking astrophotos from his private observatory in central New Hampshire. An inveterate traveler, often in pursuit of total solar eclipses, Rick has visited all seven continents and the North and South Poles.


Last update: January 23, 2019

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NSN Webinar: Highlights from the Super Bowl of Astronomy

NSN members joined Rick Fienberg for a review of the latest in astronomy fresh from the 223rd meeting of the American Astronomical Society on Wednesday, January 23, 2019.

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