Lucianne Walkowicz talking at a TED conference in Nov. 2011.
I’ve always had a thing for stars. Unlike the speaker, I grew up in the Midwest where I experienced what I thought was a sky filled with stars. Silly me.
When I went to grad school in rural Idaho I finally experienced what a night truly was meant to be. Holy crap. Night was black! I don’t mean dark like you can still see your hand in the ambient light from the mall kind of dark. I mean BLACK–as in your brightest headlights make no more impact than a single candle in an auditorium. You cannot see your hands in front of your face; you can’t see the thing that’s about to eat you either.
The one beautiful thing about such a darkness is that stars wheel in thick smears across the whole sky.
I love the idea of these citizen science programs! I always thought if I could have a d0-over I might choose astrophysics as a career. [Don’t look at me like that! I can be a super genius if I want.] But these programs could allow me to be an armchair-scientist (kind of like an armchair traveler, but with science).
Imagine as a writer what you could learn…