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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

You Say It’s Your Birthday!

Hey there Space Science fans!  I just wanted to post a quick update to wish the Hubble Space Telescope a happy 29th birthday!  This amazing spacecraft and telescope is one of the great triumphs of 20th century NASA and continues to provide incredible images as…

Black Hole, Son

So April 10 will be quite the monumental day in astronomical history.  It will be the day we get to see our first real picture of a black hole. Every image you’ve ever seen of a black hole, including the one below, is not an…

What’s Up?

Hey…what’s going on? I thought maybe it was time for a little sky update.  Let’s talk about things happening in the early evening sky right now. Winter is nearly over, but the sky isn’t quite done with the brilliant stars of winter just yet.  The…

Black Hole Sun

I get this question a lot. What would happen to the Earth if the Sun became a black hole? I think most people hope the answer will involve cosmic disaster…the Earth would be torn apart and shredded in a giant cataclysm!  Let’s face it, we…

Is There Anybody Out There?

It’s a question that we’ve been asking ourselves for a long time (Pink Floyd’s version notwithstanding).  We might be a step closer to finding out the answer. A new look at data from the Galileo space probe which orbited Jupiter for over a decade has…

I’m Still Standing

And so is everyone else on the planet, metaphorically speaking.  That is to say, the world did not end today. Today was yet another in a very, very long chain of predicted days where the world was supposed to end.  We’ve been thinking about the…

It’s Too Late

Well, actually, it’s too early. Sometimes the best observing is done way earlier in the morning than most astronomers would like to be awake.  Unless we’ve stayed up all night…we have been known to do that. If you’re an early (and I do mean early!)…

Back in Black

March 12, 2018 She’s baaaaa-aaack! Indeed, it’s been quite a while since I sat down and took on some of strange and wonderful ways our universe connects together…and they’ve asked me to get back to it.  So welcome back to Cosmic Strings, friends.  I hope…