Video from the White House star party

Video from the White House star party

Video from the White House star party

Bad Astronomy
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Oct. 9 2009 12:30 PM

Video from the White House star party

This video from the White House star party held the other night makes me smile. A lot.

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Wow, that's quite a star lineup! I wish I could've been there too. Maybe next year...

And the quote of the night from the President, who said this in response to a young girl who was 14 when she discovered a supernova, and a high school sophomore who found a rare type of pulsar:

NASA's equipment is some pretty powerful stuff. But astronomy also depends on the curiosity and contribution of amateur astronomers. [...] If they can discover something great, so can any of you other students who are here tonight. All you need is a passion for science.

Damn straight. And awesome.