Greetings from Saint Louis, Missouri! This week is the summer meeting of the American Astronomical Society, the smaller of our two annual meetings. Astronomers from around the country have descended on St. Louis in order to discuss our latest research, reconnect with old friends, and hopefully meet some new people.
This week's meeting also includes members of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, a collection of both professional and amateur astronomers. Much of the summer meeting is dedicated to planning and discussion about next year. Why? 2009 has been designated as the International Year of Astronomy, and so many special events are being planned to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first astronomical use of the telescope, which we will use as a reason to promote space science to the general public.
My stay here will be short. I have a presentation this afternoon, and I'll be heading home tomorrow. The meeting continues through Thursday. So, you can expect to see some press releases about new and interesting research coming out of St. Louis this week! I'll try and bring you what inside information I can.