by Malia Robin Kawaguchi
The reporters keep asking how we could possibly have missed them. "Little green men in our backyard, and the eggheads at Steward didn't even notice." The press just eats that story up.
So when I talk publicly, I start with the fact that we're not SETI. We're astronomers. Plus, the observatory is closer to Tucson than Phoenix anyway. Not to mention, it's hard to notice something that's always just there. I mean, they were here for a thousand years.
[My wife was here with me just shy of twenty.]
And those "little green men" weren't green.
Besides, come on. It's not like we're the only ones who missed it. Yes, okay, we were wrong about that star-shaped petroglyph in White Tank Mountain Park. In retrospect, it's more likely that was a drawing of the alien's craft landing than of Supernova 1006. Twenty-twenty hindsight and all that. But there are more than a hundred miles of abandoned canals outside the city that the archeologists got wrong, too.