Astronomers Flock to 'Largest Astronomy Meeting in the Universe'

Astronomers are gathering in Washington, D.C. today for what is being billed as the largest astronomy meeting in the history of the universe.

The event is the 215th meeting of the American Astronomical Society, which is expected to host more than 3,500 astrophysicists, planetary scientists, and science journalists from all over the world.

During the meeting, which runs from Jan. 3 through Jan. 7, scientists will present new findings on everything ranging from black holes to the surface of Mars.

While most of the meeting is not open to the public, one event, dubbed "Science as Performance: Communicating and Educating through Theater, Music, and Dance," features a lecture by Brian B. Schwartz of City University of New York that is open to everyone.

Schwartz will talk about recent examples connecting science and the arts, such as the film "A Beautiful Mind," and the opera "Dr. Atomic," as well as CUNY's performance series Science & the Arts.

Starting Monday, will provide full coverage of discoveries announced at the meeting.

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Andrea Thompson

Andrea Thompson is an associate editor at Scientific American, where she covers sustainability, energy and the environment. Prior to that, she was a senior writer covering climate science at Climate Central and a reporter and editor at Live Science, where she primarily covered Earth science and the environment. She holds a graduate degree in science health and environmental reporting from New York University, as well as a bachelor of science and and masters of science in atmospheric chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology.