October 2011

Results: Stargazing Apps Giveaway

by Jessica Lu October 31, 2011

Congratulations to all our randomly selected winners in our Stargazing Apps Giveaway: Star Walk for iPad — John O’Meara Star Walk for iPhone — Edd Solar Walk for iPhone — Meredith Rawls Solar Walk for Mac — Jordan We hope you enjoy the apps!

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Stargazing Apps Giveaway

by Kelle October 28, 2011

Well, this is a milestone for AstroBetter: we’ve been given some promo codes to give away to our readers! They are for the Vito Technology iOS apps Star Walk and Solar Walk! StarWalk is one those apps that you can hold up to the sky and it’ll show you what you’re seeing. It even uses […]


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Quicksilver Lives

by Kelle October 27, 2011

The wait is over: Quicksilver has been updated for 10.7 Lion and now, I don’t think there’s any reason for me not to upgrade from 10.6. Quicksilver is a launcher, like Spotlight, but, oh. so. much more. It can do pretty much anything except reduce the data and write the paper, and all without leaving […]


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US Ground-Based Astronomy Threatened

by Kelle October 25, 2011

The latest NOAO Currents: October 2011 lays out the current dire landscape for ground-based facilities in the US. They have set up an online forum (just a blog post with a comments section) to facilitate a discussion amongst the community (that means us). The signals from National Science Foundation Astronomy division (NSF AST)  imply that […]


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Drinking with Colleagues [Links]

by Kelle October 17, 2011

For better or worse, Astronomy has a strong drinking culture. Whether it’s the Friday beer/wine/scotch departmental event, nights out at conferences, or the AAS Party, we drink together a lot. Here’s a nice article on maintaining a balance between having a good time and maintaining a professional demeanor. I especially like the advice to be […]


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