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What is an astronomer’s biggest nightmare?

The “school dreams” of professional astronomers might be revelatory.
berman
Did you ever have that lost-at-school dream? You know, the one where you’re in the crowded hallway with everyone rushing to their next class — except you can’t remember where you’re supposed to go?

Another common dream of that type finds you on a city street, where for some unexplained reason, you’re stark naked. You keep hiding behind cars, darting from doorway to doorway, trying to get home without being seen.

My actor friends tell me they have recurring dreams where the curtain rises and they have no idea what they’re supposed to say. The very worst for me, as a 2,100-hour pilot, is that I glance out the window of my small four-seater, and there’s an enormous airport beneath me. Such airports are always controlled, meaning I’m supposed to be talking to the tower using a specific frequency. Except I’m not. I flew here accidentally; I don’t even know what airport it is, with no way to find the right frequency. So I’m screwed. They’ll get my tail number using binoculars, and I’ll lose my license.

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