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AAS: Light matter

The 217th meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) concludes today in Seattle, Washington. The conference’s posters and presentations focused on the largest objects imaginable – planets, stars, galaxies, the universe – and researchers presented fascinating news about rocky exoplanets, surprise black holes, enormous sky photos, and cosmic lensing. But in the midst of everything, there were also some smaller moments reflecting the fact that astronomy is an altogether down-to-Earth and very human activity. 

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