In May, you spent 11,575,989 minutes ogling astronomy and physics, learning about disasters and planetary science, and otherwise indulging in the eclectic topics of the Space site. My 90 days as a Recruit have been intense and fun, but are over. But I'm not leaving; I'm just changing job titles.

Here, check out Supernova 1006! At barely 7,000 light years away, we have historical accounts of the sudden appearance of a dying star. Read more about it here.


Thanks to your valued eyeballs and just-as-valued assistance, I'm not leaving! Space has proved itself loved, and I'll be sticking around to take care of it. Instead of pounding out three or four stories a day, every day, I'll be cutting back to a sustainable pace with fewer stories supplemented with more quicklinks. Best of all, I won't be nearly as click-hungry, earning my paycheque independently of the narrow focus of "US unique IP addresses associated with individual people" that has been the bane of my Recruit-existence.

Under my grasping paws, Space has expanded to cover just about everything in the physical science domain. To reflect that, we're considering a name change to Earth & Space (but keeping the same URL; wouldn't want to mess with our search engine karma or your feeds!). Thoughts?

I considered doing a final "In Case You Missed It" binge-post of the several hundred stories I covered as a Recruit, but I'm honestly scared of what Kinja would do with that many cross-heads. Instead, I'm just going to sit in stunned silence at the concept of eating over 11 million minutes of time, and that a quarter-million minutes is a slow day.


Top image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Rutgers/G.Cassam-Chenaï, J.Hughes et al.; Radio: NRAO/AUI/NSF/GBT/VLA/Dyer, Maddalena & Cornwell; Optical: Middlebury College/F.Winkler, NOAO/AURA/NSF/CTIO Schmidt & DSS