Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. I've always liked Thanksgiving, with good food and happy times with family. So, beyond the typical things of friends and family, what are astronomers thankful for? Here's a list I've made up, in no particular order:
- I am thankful to get paid to do my hobby.
- I am thankful that taxpayers support astronomy research, even though there is rarely an immediate benefit.
- I am thankful that we live in a Universe where it is possible to learn about worlds far from our own.
- I am thankful to all the engineers who build our telescopes. I'm not very handy, so if I had to build my own, I would be lucky to be able to find the sun.
- I am thankful for caffeine so that I can stay awake all night.
- I am thankful for computers, so that I can deal with large amounts of data. When you are looking for a needle in a haystack, being able to look fast is a help.
- I'm thankful for colleagues, who offer support, tell me when I'm barking up the wrong tree, and sometimes go to the telescope for me when I'm too tired to go.