• “Wait til’ next year.”

    Here are my thoughts after my most recent proposal rejection. A lot of this comes from my time at NASA Headquarters, watching program managers run their review panels to maximize the usefulness of the summary reviews. 1. Your review will inherently feel like a 1-way conversation, but that is an illusion. The most helpful comments, constructive
  • The Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon

    Shawn here... I'm still buried in a nightmare of a paper. But it's almost done and I promise (no, really!) that I'll be blogging more once that's in press. But I can't justify spending more time on blogging while a critical paper is so close to being finished. The problem is it's been that close
  • Gather Ye Data While Ye May

    For those that don't know me (or follow me on Facebook/Twitter), I'm a huge Chicago sports fan. So I've been ruminating all morning about the latest news out of Chicago - that Derrick Rose injured his knee last night. Today, we're all awaiting the news on how serious the injury is. It's hard to put
  • Does My Moon Look Big In This?

    It happens at least once every month. Sometimes, rarely, it happens twice a month. It's when lunatics roam the streets and when drivers get distracted by what they see up there in the sky. It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's a FULL MOON. Yesterday, inspired by the beautiful sight of the Moon outside my
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  • Survey says….

    You may have heard the news, announced earlier this week, about the presence of tens of billions of habitable planets in our galaxy. This is big news for two reasons: one is related to the simplest astronomy one can do; the other is related to astronomy so difficult and complicated we don't even know how