Editor’s Note: This week we’re at the virtual 237th AAS Meeting. Along with a team of authors from Astrobites, we will be writing updates on selected events at the meeting and posting each day. Follow along here or at astrobites.com. The usual posting schedule for AAS Nova will resume on January 19th.
Plenary: Prize Presentations (by Abby Waggoner)
Day two of AAS 237 began with a brief overview of outstanding astronomers and the awards they received for their contribution to the field. All of the awardees are listed in this twitter thread, along with a description of the awardees’ accomplishments. Awards ranged across all fields of astronomy, including instrumentation, theory, education, writing, and more. Congratulations to all of the awardees!
Live-tweeting of the session by Abby Waggoner
Plenary: A New Era for Galactic Dynamics in the Milky Way (by Briley Lewis)
This morning’s first plenary was from Adrian Price-Whelan (Flatiron Institute), astronomer and astropy developer. He opened with a message that likely resonated with many of us, acknowledging how difficult the past year has been and how hard it is to work and be productive. “It’s okay if you’re unproductive, it’s okay if you’re struggling for motivation, it’s okay if ...