Rock Stars

While most Phoenicians are loading up on little packages of cardboard and gunpowder to express the American version of freedom, real fireworks in the form of 1,000-ton stones loom over us just waiting to hurtle down from the heavens and devastate human existence. At some point, a smug Chicken Little will say, “I told you so,” as seas overrun and we too become just another desolate flying rock in the universe. You may ask “When will this be?” or “How could this happen?” Good questions.

The answers you seek are unveiled at Flagstaff's Lowell Observatory with its exhibit "Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Meteors, and Asteroids," which runs through Monday, September 2. You can escape the heat and learn of recent discoveries, cutting-edge planetary science, chance, and risk of these identified flying objects. Included are interactive computer programs and a hands-on “pod” exhibit to role play as explorers-in-training to encourage curiosity and knowledge in the field.

Goodness gracious, get to 1400 West Mars Hill Road in Flagstaff. Admission is $5 to $12. Kids younger than 5 and members get in free. The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Get details by calling 928-233-3212 or visiting

June 22-Sept. 2, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., 2013
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Craig Smith