On a more down to Earth note, the American Astronomical Society (AAS) is having its 223rd meeting at National Harbor starting today and lasting until Thursday. Over 3,000 professional astronomers are expected to attend.
The public is invited to attend daily special sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday that feature professional astronomers speaking about current topics. A star party is scheduled for Tuesday night at Gaylord pier from 7:30-10:30 pm EST. I spoke with AAS today and if it is clear the “show” will go on even with the bitter cold - just BUNDLE UP. You can get the latest updates at the AAS Facebook page.
There will be a number of press briefings and major astronomical news announcements during this meeting. I will be attending sessions and look forward to reporting back to readers on my experiences and what I learn.
Sky Guy in VA