This weekend is proving to be one of the more bizarre I’ve had for a while. I’m writing this from a barn on a pumpkin farm about two hours’ drive south of Chicago. I’m here for the Chicago Astronomical Society’s Astrofest and I’ll be talking later about Galaxy Zoo (of course).
I can’t resist sharing this video with you, though. The Adler Planetarium run a high altitude balloon programme using students and interns (and a weather balloon six-foot across) to launch instruments more than twice as high as your average Boeing 767 reaches. For reasons best known to themselves, one of these flights carried a marshmallow bird called a peep along with it.
You can watch the flight of the Peep below :