March 25th, 2008


Astro-image of the Day: National Dark-Sky Week starts on Saturday

The sixth annual National Dark-Sky Week is March 29 - April 4. The event puts the spotlight on light pollution. Here's what light pollution looks like from space:

A close-up of the United States:

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Look at that: There's not much dark sky out there. Imagine how black the ancient skies must have looked. Imagine all the stars that our distant ancestors could see.

The World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour kicks off this event on March 29th from 8:00-9:00pm: Turn off your lights!

Dark skies.

Does anyone need a ride to Austin next month?

Hi folks -

I'm considering driving from Lawrence, Kansas to Austin, Texas for this year's Nebula Awards Weekend on April 25-27 in Austin, Texas.

I'm trying to avoid flying due to costs and PITA factor - the airport is an hour in the wrong direction, for example, and I'd have to pay to park there, yada-yada. However, driving alone doesn't seem terribly smart, so I'm looking for a passenger or three to share gas costs. Gas is actually a lot cheaper than flying, especially if split one or more ways.

Who needs a ride to Austin, at least for part of the drive? Here's the map of the route.