thanks to Jesse for bringing some stories. here is a list of talking points
Eris has performed a stellar occultation, find that it's actually smaller than pluto.
A cosmologists wish list: here.
Supernova 1979C may have been the birth of a new black hole!
Has a nearby quasar just turned off?
Allan Sandage has passed away. He was a prolific astronomer, and contributed much to the community. He will be missed.
Gemini South has refurbished their mirror.