Greetings from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III meeting in Princeton! Today is the third and final day of the meeting, where we are planning the next year of operations for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III (SDSS-III). The original SDSS, of course, provided all the beautiful galaxy pictures that you see in Galaxy Zoo; SDSS-III is an extension of that survey that extend the mission – and keep me quite busy! – until 2015.
The meeting is in the Astronomy Department in Peyton Hall at Princeton University. This is the first time I’ve been here since coming with the Brown University Band in 1996, and I had forgotten what a nice campus this is. And they’ve made an addition to the astronomy building that is the coolest thing ever – see this photo: