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American Astronomical Society meeting, days 2 and 3

13 Jan 2011, 21:15 UTC
American Astronomical Society meeting, days 2 and 3
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It's been a busy couple of days here at the 217th meeting of the American Astronomical Society. I've spent a lot of time in meetings and talks the last two days, so I haven't had much time to sit down and blog. Here are a few little tidbits, not meant to be comprehensive. Just nuggets that I found interesting. Click on the links for more info.

The biggest picture yet made: The Sloan Digital Sky Survey, which is taking pictures large portions of the sky, released what they are calling the largest picture ever made, over 1 trillion pixels. I'd suggest against downloading the full-resolution picture (which actually isn't available as a single file), unless you have a roughly 10 Terabyte (10 trillion byte) hard drive. However, you can go to their website and look up portions of the picture corresponding to your favorite objects, if that object is in the portion of the sky looked at by Sloan.
New, amazing pictures in wavelengths of light invisible to the human eye were released. Planck, a satellite studying the entire sky in microwaves, released their early science data. Lots of cool stuff there. Fermi, a gamma-ray satellite, also talked about some ...

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