Monday, October 16, 2017

How cool was the worst kept secret in astronomy?

Today was the big day for LIGO amd just about every other observatory (see what I did there? LIGO is "just another observatory" now). This has been rumored on astro social media for some time now. With Hubble observing logs public and an overenthusiastic tweet to boot. Yet it made a big splash anyway. Coordinated press events, a monday news cycle almost to themselves (president is golfing). All very well done. The graphics are amazing and I can start using this whole thing for my astro 101 class. Great!

Can I cop to being a little jealous? Such an inspiring global effort. Would have loved to have been a part of it. Barring that, I'll be cheering this magnificent achievement on.

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