It's that time of year again, when the US astronomers dust off their poster tubes, put batteries in their laser pointers, find their one button up shirt and head to the Winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS).
Currently it's in Long Beach, CA. While I'm not attending this year, I have been following a lot of the action on Twitter! If you're curious what these mad scientists are discussing, but don't time to read lots of current papers, I turned the entire 297 page abstract book in to a word cloud of the 250 most used terms...
While this may not resemble what is trending in the media about astronomy, it's neat to see what scientists are discussing amongst themselves. Also, a point of personal pride, stars>galaxies, at least in this diagram.
p.s. I am of course kidding about the one button up shirt remark. Scientists are actually dynamic and attractive folks!