In Memoriam

2 11 2011
Total Solar Eclipse 2009

Total Solar Eclipse 2009. Photo credit: Sunil Malhotra

Today’s image is dedicated to Bob Rood, my favorite astronomer and father of my closest friend. There are many things I could tell the world about Bob—about the entire Snell-Rood clan—but selfishly, I’d like to keep my thoughts and feelings to myself right now. Instead, I link you to his narrative of the trip we took to Varanasi to view the total solar eclipse in 2009. I think you’ll be able to tell from his story and photos why that week meant so much to me.

Edited to add:

Video of November 10, 2011 Memorial Service

Robert T. Rood, at University of Virginia’s Department of Astronomy

Obituary from Charlottesville Daily Progress

U.Va. Honors Professor’s Life

In Memory of Bob Rood

SETI honors Bob Rood

For Bob Rood, one of the coolest people I know,” from One Astronomer’s Noise

Bad Astronomy on Bob Rood



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