On the Road: American Astronomical Society May 2011 meeting preview

Posted by Bill Andrews
on Friday, May 20, 2011

Once again the time has come for a meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), and this time I’ll be the one heading out to cover it for Astronomy. Officially starting on Sunday, astronomers from all over the country will converge on Boston, the self-styled “Hub of the Universe," to discuss all the latest findings in planetary science, exoplanet research, high-energy astrophysics, cosmology, and so on.

Boston, one of my favorite cities, will be the site of the American Astronomical Society’s 218th meeting next week. Photo: Hellohowareyoudoing
I’ll be blogging and tweeting coverage, sporting the hashtag #AAS218, for the 218th meeting of the AAS. This year, the conference will also meet with the American Association of Variable Star Observers, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in the fall. Their headquarters, along with some of the many interesting science-y destinations in the Boston area, also serve as destinations for certain conference meetings and get-togethers, so it looks to be an extra-exciting year.

Not only am I excited to attend the conference, but it’ll be great to be back in the Boston area, where I spent some time going to school. I haven’t been there in 4 years, so it’ll be nice to visit a few of the old neighborhoods (and perhaps a certain college campus while I’m at it).

Be sure to keep up with the Blogs from the Local Group and @AstronomyMag to hear all about the conference, and if you happen to be attending, make sure to say hi!

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