This week, just after sunset, we can see an amazing grouping of planets in the western sky. From May 24 until May 29, Venus, Jupiter, and Mercury will fit within a 5 degree circle – less than half the width of your fist held at arm’s length! On May 26 these planets will be within 2 and one half degrees of each other – only half the apparent distance between the pointer stars of the Big Dipper!
“Hey, can you see the flag in that thing?!” It’s a question that makes us wince when observing the moon at astronomy outreaches. The answer is…Maybe if you were aboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter… but, all six of the flags are now faded to white, and the first one blew over when the Apollo 11 lunar module blasted off departing the moon.
From our backyards, the moon, our closest celestial neighbor, is easily observed by the unaided eye as it moves through its changing phases. During the next two weeks, the moon will move from new to nearly full.
Saturn…The ringed planet. The sixth planet from the Sun; second largest in the Solar System behind Jupiter; and the one that evokes the most vivid images in our thoughts. It is an unforgettable sight, even in a small telescope.
From now until early May, Saturn will be the brightest it has been for more than 5 years. It rises in the east as the Sun sets and will be visible all night long.
It's time for another "Attack on Rights" report from KVNF's youth reporter, Matthew Kane. This time Matthew expresses his concerns about the US Drone program...
Matthew Kane is attending the Launch program in Cedaredge where the students can choose a particular area of study in the community. He's working with KVNF's program director, Ali Lightfoot to produce these reports.
Delta county athletes set four records Saturday at the annual Frank Woodburn Invitational track and field meet in Grand Junction .
Cedaredge's Reid Gates cleared 6 feet, 8 inches, to claim the meet high jump record, and sailed 21 feet, 9 and a quarter inches to reset the record in the long jump. Teammate Austin Williams fell short of a meet record in the shot put, but jumped to the top of the 3A state rankings in the event with a winning throw of 51 feet, 2 inches.
After giving away a run in the top of the first and allowing a second run in the top of the second, Paonia got down to business Tuesday night. The Eagles hit three homeruns and 12 RBIs to defeat visiting Nucla, 16-5, in game one of a non-conference double header.