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Martian atmosphere explodes from comet tail debris

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Comment by MJ on March 28, 2009 at 4:39pm
A Comet swung low,
To gather true believers
They reaped what they sowed.
The Comet was much brighter,
More so than the followers.

(my poetic contribution to Comet Hale-Bopp, and atheism)
Comment by Don DeNatale on March 28, 2009 at 4:29pm
Stephen, I, too, am one of the few who have lowly Bachelor's degree in Astronomy (Univ. of IL, 1983). I never did anything with it after interviewing for and not getting several telescope operator positions mostly in Arizona and California.
I am currently an avid amateur astronomer. I fell in love with night sky around the age of 9 or 10 and still find it beautiful. I hope to be a little more active in local public observing events here in the North Dallas area.
One of my favorite experiences is to show someone Saturn through a telescope for the first time. Opposition (rising around sunset) occurred March 8, so get your scopes out & take a look. The rings are pretty close to edge-on, but widening.
Clear skies all,
Comment by Stephen Goldin on March 28, 2009 at 12:34pm
Since I have an actual degree in the subject (though just a lowly Bachelor's) I figured I should join and "show the flag." I haven't done much with the degree lately except use the knowledge in my writing, but I love the feeling of awe the heavens give me.
Comment by Richard Valcourt on February 21, 2009 at 3:29pm
Felicia, let me add my voice to the chorus of thank-yous for creating this group. I'm privileged to live in Hilo, Hawaii, which is arguably the center of optical astronomy in the northern hemisphere. It's like being in Vatican City...without the silly hats, guilt, shame, and all that other fun stuff. We live in the best of all possible times for astronomy buffs.
Comment by Mark Johnston on January 25, 2009 at 5:03pm
Astronomy was what brought me to atheism. I don't think that was the intent of Howard J Van Till's book "The Fourth Day" but it did the trick for me.
Comment by Merve on September 12, 2008 at 8:33am
Keep looking up *
Comment by Auntie Meggles on August 26, 2008 at 12:38am
Astronomy rules!
Comment by Riaz Ahmed Shah on July 23, 2008 at 8:35pm
Star gazing is the nearest to a religious experience i ever had...
Comment by Felicia on July 21, 2008 at 11:31pm
I'm excited to be able to talk to you all as well!
Comment by Parallax on July 21, 2008 at 11:21pm
I was a math major and space and planetary science minor until last year. Incredibly interesting and I'm uber jazzed to talk with yous guys. :)

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