Mind Blown

My time at the astroimaging conference in San Jose is coming to an end. My mind is completely blown. If there was ever the perfect marriage of art and science, it has to be in the highly specialized field of astroimaging. Just my opinion. As I’ve attended sessions on techniques and gear, the one thing that stands out to me is the beautiful images created by deep sky astroimagers. My goodness, these people are amazing. I leave completely humbled. I’m glad I attended!
As I come back to my “reality,” I thought I’d share another swamp image. I hope you like it!


  1. Hi Steve –
    Deb here from Los Alamos – I just got back from a trip to the mid-west sharing time with some amazing folks at the University of Missouri Research Reactor. Your comment about coming back to my reality really resonated with me. I found myself struggling between the difference of being exposed to something amazing and new vs. the slow, continual exposure to the routine reality. I talked with my husband, and he shared a quote with me. My husband works in space science and worked with a fantastic astrophysicist named Ed Fenimore. (Great bio here: https://astro.uchicago.edu/alumni/edward-e-fenimore-1980.php). I get the impression that spaced based projects are consistently, mind-blowlingly complex and surrounded by challenges. In that context, Ed shared this wisdom: When you are surrounded by oppressive forces, pick a direction and fight. I am taking that wisdom with me as I go back to the usual routine and find myself surrounded by challenges. I will pick a direction and fight.
    Hope you are doing well.

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    1. Hi Deb, thanks for thoughtful comments! Indeed, you reminded me of the mind blowing experience I had during my visit to LANL. I guess at some level, our everyday work lives can be considered by some to be mind blowing. After all how many people can say that they earn a living on positrons? So, here is to everyday mind blowing events!! 😎


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