I'd say that the current excitement may be responsible for the SPA forum being down right now, they have probably been inundated with hits from casual visitors due to this evenings news articles.
It is nice though when Astro topics make headline news, it was the appearance of comet Hale Bopp which reignited my interest way back in 1997. See here for material on this, I remember at the time having access to the web at work when not many folks were even aware of the WWW. The JPL site was getting millions of hits from people wanting to know what was that big bright fuzzy object in the night sky. The first time I saw it I had to rub my eyes because I thought I was seeing things!