Early tomorrow morning, I’ll be heading to Washington, D.C., to attend the annual USA Science and Engineering Festival, which brings an amazing number of about 100,000 students and teachers to the nation’s capital. Astronomy magazine will be sharing a booth with Celestron, the great telescope manufacturer, and we will be busily talking to aspiring astronomers, planetary scientists, and cosmologists about both telescopes and the hobby of astronomy —and how to enjoy the best magazine on the subject!
The event will be in high gear Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington, just a few blocks northeast of the White House. If you will be attending the festival, please stop by and say hello, and we’ll be demonstrating telescopes and microscopes and handing out issues of Astronomy.
On Friday, I’ll also have the great opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes tour of the meteorites and minerals collection of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, the greatest such collection in the world. Thanks very much to my friend Paul Pohwat, curator of mineralogy, for this amazing chance. Expect blogs from Washington coming soon!