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Mars Attacks!

Well, actually, when you get right down to it…we’re the ones attacking Mars. Even as I write, the latest in a long series of robotic explorers is on its way to the Red Planet.  The Mars Science Laboratory, with its already-famous rover, Curiosity, launched toward…

Smoke on the Water and Fire in the Sky

Well, I don’t know about the smoke on the water part, but last Sunday in Nevada and California there was definitely some fire in the sky. It’s now fairly certain that the explosion reported by so many folks in those two states was a bolide,…

It’s…GROUNDHOG DAY!

Okay, okay…not quite.  But it is Groundhog Day tomorrow.  And the Bill Murray movie is great fun, so it deserved a shout-out. Have you ever thought about Groundhog Day?  What a funny little holiday.  We wait to see if a little critter pops out of…

The Year in Review

It’s that time of year, isn’t it folks?  Everyone is doing a “Year in Review.”  Well, who I am to miss that bandwagon!  So in this final installment of Cosmic Strings for 2011, I give you my personal five favorite astronomy stories of 2011.  Enjoy!…