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January 11th, 2009

Where in the world, this month?

After a whole month in one place, I am off this week for a ten-day tour. First stop is London, briefly (overnight), and then on to Winchester College where I am giving the annual Cardinal Beaufort Lecture. (For the Americans in the group who may never have heard of Winchester College, it is a school that can look down on younger upstart places like Eton.) At least, I will give that lecture if I ever finish preparing it, which is what I should be doing now instead of writing this blog!

That's Tuesday evening. On Wednesday I take the train (via the chunnel) to Paris to attend the official opening of the International Year of Astronomy on Thursday. Friday I hope to visit the meteorite collection at the Natural History museum, and the weekend I will play tourist (mostly art museums; I love the impressionists).

The following week I take the TGV down to Aix-en-Provence to meet up with colleagues at CEREGE (Le Centre Européen de Recherche et d’Enseignement des Géosciences de l’Environnement); for the last decade they have been doing really cool research using my meteorites (and, kindly, letting me tag along and contribute 2-cents-worth, enough to be a coauthor). Where most meteoriticists tend to measure the chemistry and isotopes found in meteorites, these guys are interested in their physical state, most notably their magnetic properties, which tie in nicely with the density and porosity work we've been doing. That Tuesday, I will give a talk there about our observatory.

Heading towards Rome on Wednesday, I will stop over for the day at the Observatoire De la Côte d'Azur in Nice to talk about the connection between meteorite and asteroid physical properties.

Finally, on the 22nd, I will take a train home to Rome.

(cross-posted at Cosmic Diary)

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