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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

#SELFIE

So…I take terrible selfies. It may be because I never like pictures of myself.  At all.  And selfies don’t seem to be easy to take for me.  I just never seem to get the angle right.  Even though I can literally see myself at the…

Sisters Are Doing It for Themselves

Happy Women’s History month! As a woman in a STEM field, I get asked a lot about the challenges I faced getting my Ph.D. in physics and working in a very nearly all-male environment.  It’s kind of funny, because, honestly I’ve never really felt as…

See the Show!

Hey there folks! It’s been kind of hard for us to notice over the last few days, since our local Virginia weather has been, well, nothing short of awful.  But right now, the sky is putting on quite the show. Sadly, the lousy weather will…

Rainy Days and Mondays Always Get Me Down

Well, at least it isn’t Monday. Rainy days are no fun when you’re into astronomy, because if the sky stays cloudy, you’re pretty much done.  Can’t observe when the clouds are in the way.  And at the moment, the clouds look like they are here…

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…