"I claim this dust mote in the name of…"

An unprecedented opportunity to contribute to the state of astro-geology is being presented by the University of California at Berkely. You can participate in their stardust@home project to analyze aerogel images for interstellar dust grains that were returned to Earth a few days ago aboard the NASA mission Stardust.

If you pass the training course and spot a legitimate dust track, you get to name that bit of supernova debris.

I hesitate to suggest my default name of “Bob” because it seems like an ancient sample of the universe needs a more resounding name. “Robert” might be more appropriate…

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