Sam Houston State University’s Bucket List Astronomy Tour Class of non-science majors has spent the past three weeks witnessing amazing astronomical phenomena, learning more about the night sky, and blogging about their experiences. Their trip finally came to a conclusion last week, and astronomy professor C. Renee James has some concluding thoughts to share of the group’s journey.
Our group has its own language now. It's hard to spend three solid weeks with folks and not pick up on everyone's individual idiosyncrasies. We sang things together, ended each other's sentences. We all understood what was so funny about a shower being in the bathroom. The echo chamber of the Sydney Observatory dome nearly brought us to hysterics ("I can hear you in my mind"). We found out what music everyone likes (and dislikes). Ditto for food. We found out that a strange band of non-science majors can contribute to a project involving a global network of observers. We found that koalas are really insanely cute, and that kangaroos will steal your ice cream cone and hop away. We discovered a rattlesnake while watching an annular eclipse, adopted a chicken, and bid a sad farewell to Squishy the crawdad.
We hope you enjoyed reading about our adventures. Certainly it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we thank the editors of Astronomy magazine for allowing us to share it with the world.