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SYFY WIRE Bad Astronomy

The odds of successfully surviving an attack on an Imperial Star Destroyer
are approximately...

By Phil Plait

Never tell me the odds!

Yegads. I saw this while I was outside the other day; that's a lenticular cloud, shaped by winds blowing over the Rocky Mountains. We see a lot of them around Boulder, but this one looked really familiar. I suddenly realized: it's a ship from Star Wars!

I thought it looked a lot like Queen Amidala's ship. But I couldn't be sure, so I sent a note to my pal Bonnie Burton, aka BonnieGrrl, the proprietor of, and major Star Wars dork. She concurred with my conclusion of the cloud looking like a Naboo Royal Starship (I was careful not to bias her by suggesting it; she mentioned it herself). And Bonnie should know: she literally wrote the book on Star Wars crafts!

Still, it looked like another ship from Star Wars, too... maybe even one that might be carrying Vader himself. If that's the case, I know which cloud I could really use now!

Moisture and updrafts matter not. Look at me. Judge me by my convection do you? Hmm? Hmmm?

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