And then I wrote... Continuing my "Year of Astronomy", here is an entry from March, 2009 for the "Cosmic Diary" blog... it's a trip down memory lane, from when I was putting on 100,000 air miles a year. I'd stopped that foolishness even before the pandemic hit.
A few paragraphs of a paper I submitted in late 2007 were the basis for a talk I gave last summer at the Asteroids, Comets, and Meteorites conference. It was about how the
porosity of meteorites, and the porosity of the asteroids they come from, seem to show an interesting pattern… increasing, so that stuff appears to get fluffier and fluffier as you go further and further out in the asteroid belt and beyond.
The talk last summer got a nice, favorable response from the conference attendees and so I decided I should write it up for the conference proceedings. Deadline, December 1, 2008.
By January 2009 – only a month after the deadline – I finally had made a start at it. I put together a couple of really nice figures that told my tale rather well.
But at the same time, I was working on a book about Astronomy and the Vatican. This was at the suggestion of the Cardinal who’s our direct boss at the Vatican (and who is a big fan of our work). The difficulty with the book, the thing about it that made it eat up all my time, was simple enough: I was enjoying this way too much! It was finally done in mid January. On the train trip back to Rome from the opening ceremonies of the IYA in Paris, I did the final proofreading.
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