Out there somewhere in galaxy M87 is a black hole that is 6.4 billion times the mass of the sun. Wow! This is so cool. All things astronomical blow my paradigms of simple suburban existence to shreds. And I love that! It is doubly cool because this discovery was announced at the American Astronomical Society's 214th annual meeting. 214th meeting? Where have I been? What happens at these meetings? Has its historical purpose always been to find our rightful place in the universe? I need to pay more attention to our stars.