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It’s A Hoax!

*gasp*  You’ll never guess why I missed that last blog post!  Aliens!  They abducted me and took me away to their secret lair somewhere in North America and performed experiments on me!  I can’t believe I made it out alive! Okay, that’s not what happened. …

Mr. Mojo Rising

You know, maybe I should just go ahead and say that I’ll update this every other Thursday.  Wednesday just seems to have some kind of bad mojo about it that makes getting an update done impossible. However…it was worth the delay, because boy do I…

What’s In a Name?

Xena.  2003 UB313.  Eris. These names all refer to the same astronomical body – a dwarf planet located out near Pluto.  “Xena” was the nickname given to the little world by its discoverer, Mike Brown.  2003 UB313 was its official designation until an official name,…

Time for an Update!

Hello!  As I write this, we astronomy folks here at the VLM are preparing to leave on a big trip to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, WV.  We’re taking two busloads of high school students on an overnight trip to learn about…

Seeing Red

Look out Mars, here we come (again)! Yep, we’re about to launch another spacecraft to Mars.  It’s exciting!  Hopefully, on November 18th, the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) spacecraft will liftoff from Cape Canaveral and begin the 10-month journey to the Red Planet. An…

C’mon, Get Happy!

And if you’re not humming a Partridge Family song right now…well…you’re younger than I am. Fall has finally arrived, and I am indeed happy.  I know the official start of Fall was over a month ago, but the weather hasn’t really caught up with the…