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2010 and the Road Ahead

31 Dec 2009, 15:13 UTC
2010 and the Road Ahead
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Wow! The last day of 2009! I can’t believe it has come so soon, or the fact that I’ve not posted for months.
I write this post with 5 weeks to go until the birth of my second daughter, Anastacia Callisto. Her first name means Resurrection and her second name is in honour of the wonderful progress that has been made in astronomy over the past 400 years. Of course, she will be born a mere few weeks after the 400th anniversary of Callisto’s discovery!
And with her birth comes new challenges, as for any parent. However, Anastacia has a congenital diaphragmatic hernia and, with it, the prognosis of a 50% chance of survival after birth. We remain hopeful, however, that our IYA baby will be home with us as soon as possible. There are many wonderful things in the universe I hope to share with her as she grows.
If astronomy is new to you, I sincerely hope you’ve managed to find ways to engage in this wonderful area of scientific and cultural interest and if you’re already an experienced astronomy fiend, that 2009 has given you the opportunity to reflect on the achievements of humanity so far. From ...

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