Tales From the Superbowl of Astronomy

SEATTLE -- Each January, thousands of astronomers get together and spend four days talking about stars, galaxies, planets, the cosmos, and everything in between. This year’s winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society was held in Seattle from Jan. 4-8, and it was so stuffed with science that I didn’t even get a glimpse of the city’s Space Needle…while covering a space conference.

Three time zones away, National Geographic’s Erika Engelhaupt and Dan Vergano worked overtime with me to bring you tales from the stars.

We published one of the early meeting highlights, a new Hubble image of the Eagle Nebula’s Pillars of Creation, on Monday. The next day, ...

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