A 'rite of passage' for many graduate students are the qualifying (sometimes called comprehensive) exams they must pass as part of their program. The details of these exams vary by department but the universal trait is that they are among the most difficult moments in graduate school. This coming semester I have my second (and most comprehensive) round of qualifying exams.
Because of the exams, I might not post all that much, but I do intend on posting more than I did last semester (not at all!) because the exams cover all of astronomy and what better way to review all of astronomy than by sharing bits of it with others via introductions to various stars? So, although the Summer Triangle is long gone, there will soon be the promised introduction to Altair.