Thursday, November 19, 2009

Asians in Astronomy

Now that I've finally gotten around to getting my gmail stuff together, I can tell you all this story. As a TA for the Astronomy Lab, on Monday night I had to help out with the public viewing of the Leonid Meteor Shower. At this particular public viewing, the group there was almost completely Asian. For the night, everyone would watch a part of the sky and if somebody saw a meteor they would call it out and what part of the sky it was in. Wanting to document the experience, upon hearing "METEOR!" every Asian on the roof would rip out their camera and attempt to take a picture of the fireball shooting across the sky. They all had flash on. The word meteor then became code for, look away or you will see floating circles.

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