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Cosmic Strings

Cosmic Strings
My name is Kelly Herbst and I control the universe...well, at least in the Abbitt Planetarium at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, Virginia. View Original Blog

Everything Old is New Again

Happy New Year! Well, here we are in 2021.  After a very strange and sometimes difficult 2020, it’s nice to have the chance to start again.  The situation may be the same, but maybe we can approach it with a new outlook now.  Sometimes, you…

Come Together

December 8, 2020 Ah, the holiday season.  It’s a time when we usually do a lot of coming together…gathering with family and friends to celebrate and welcome the start of a new year.  Of course, in 2020, that’s going to be a lot harder than…

I’m Only Happy When It Rains (Meteors)

Well, strictly, that’s not true.  I’m generally a pretty happy person.  Although, I’ve got to admit, 2020 is really testing my optimism to the limit.  Anyone else out there starting to experience severe hug deprivation? But…good news for us…the peak of the Leonid Meteor Shower…

Whatever Gets You Through the Night

Hey everyone!  I’m excited to share some great news with you! While we still do not consider it safe to resume in-person stargazing events, we have decided to try to bring some stargazing to you where you are!  This Saturday, October 10, will be our…

Turn and Face the Strange Changes

Change seems to be what life is all about right now. My daughter, like so many other kids right now, has begun school again…and it’s changed.  I’m still writing these from my breakfast nook, even though I have been able to go back to work…

Cosmic Strings ALERT: Comet NEOWISE

Holy cow, people!  We’ve got a comet! 2020 has been a pretty tough year.  So much stuff has happened…too much.  I’ve not had anything good to say about 2020. Until now. It’s been a long time since the northern hemisphere has had a naked-eye visible…

I Like to Move It!

Hello friends!  If you’re anything like me, the novelty has definitely worn off staying at home.  I know it certainly has for my high school age daughter.  School (such as it was) is now over for her…and boredom is creeping in.  And life has become…

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Hubble Space Telescope!  You’re 30 years old now! It’s really hard to believe.  We’ve all become so accustomed to seeing the amazing images brought to us by Hubble, it seems impossible that it’s been around for only 30 years.  And at the same…