Hey Space Placers!
I am here in the press room of the AAS and I wanted to share my impressions.
First, the National Harbor complex is stunning in its locale - along the Potomac River on the Maryland side - and its facilities. The Convention Center is huge and the surrounding hotels, restaurants and businesses is impressive.
Over 3,000 attendees from all over the astronomical community and world, literally, are here. The exhibits have on display the very latest in detectors, spacecraft, textbooks, telescopes, research organizations and of course, radio and optical observatories. NASA's booth has been one of the busiest in terms of foot traffic.
There are presentations ranging the whole spectrum of astronomy and there is what seems to be an acre of floor space for the poster papers. The researchers/authors are present to answer questions and discuss their research.
I will be attending press conferences and presentations which I will pass on.
Sky Guy in VA