Western Slope Skies

WESTERN SLOPE SKIES
7:00 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Western Slope Skies - 11/21/14

The Stars of Autumn

With fewer hours of sunlight during autumn the nights grow longer and there is a distinct chill in the air after the sun sets. You may notice the sky appears darker and the stars just a little clearer. A star chart or an astronomy app for a phone or tablet will guide you to the fall constellations and many of the stars visible in our skies.

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WESTERN SLOPE SKIES
7:00 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Western Slope Skies - 11/7/14

November’s Meteor Shower

The November Leonid meteor shower has produced some of the greatest meteor storms in history.     

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WESTERN SLOPE SKIES
7:00 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Western Slope Skies - 10/24/14

The Milky Way
Air Dates: October 24 & 29, 2014

On these late October evenings, you may see a hazy band of light stretching from the southwestern horizon and crossing overhead to the northeast.  This is the Milky Way, an object of great wonder throughout human existence.

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WESTERN SLOPE SKIES
7:00 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Western Slope Skies - 9/26/14

Pre-Dawn Lunar Eclipse

The second total lunar eclipse of 2014 will occur in the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday, October 8th. Nearly the entire eclipse will be visible from Western Colorado.

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WESTERN SLOPE SKIES
7:00 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Western Slope Skies - 9/12/14

Binary Stars

Next time you see the Big Dipper out of the corner of your eye, take a look at the star in the middle of the handle. If you have decent eyesight, you may see not one, but two stars: a brighter star known as Mizar, and a fainter star called Alcor. 

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WESTERN SLOPE SKIES
7:00 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Western Slope Skies - 8/29/14

Neptune

"BORING!" said the 5-year-old of the little blue dot appearing through the telescope…

Perhaps at first glance, but considering that Neptune, the 8th planet,  is 30 times farther from the Sun than Earth, it’s actually an amazing sight. At approximately 2.8 billion miles away, it cannot be observed with the un-aided eye.  Seeing the disk and color requires a moderately sized telescope, and a keen-eyed astronomy buff.

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NEWS
8:19 am
Fri March 28, 2014

KVNF Regional News: Friday, March 28, 2014

Newcast

  •  Wrecked plane pulled from Ridgway Reservoir
  • Budget debate begins in Denver
  • Oprah Winfrey buys property in Mountain Village
  • Ridgway school superintendent could leave the district
  • The Colorado Water Plan, explained 
  •  Western Slope Skies
Western Slope Skies
10:42 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Western Slope Skies 1/31/14

When you look at the night sky with the naked eye, everything that you see is in our Milky Way Galaxy.

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Western Slope Skies
8:15 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Western Slope Skies 1/17/14

For this episode of Western Slope Skies from the Black Canyon Astronomical Society, we learn about the planet Jupiter, which can be seen shining bright in the night skies of January.

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Western Slope Skies
10:42 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Western Slope Skies 1/3/14

For the latest episode of Western Slope Skies from the Black Canyon Astronomical Society, we'll learn about the bright stars of winter. 

Gaze to the east at about 8 PM on a clear January evening and enjoy the bright and colorful stars of winter.  A star chart, planisphere, or smart-phone App may help you navigate. 

The centerpiece of our wintery celestial display is the constellation Orion, now well above the southeastern horizon. 

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NEWS
10:35 am
Fri January 3, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, January 3, 2013

Headlines

  • Long Lines, Eager Customers Reported at First Day of Legal Pot Sales in Denver, Telluride
  • Town of Marble's Lawsuit Against 9th Judicial District DA Complicates Theft Case
  • San Miguel Power Association and DMEA Warn Customers about Scams
  • Western Slope Skies  - the Bright Stars of Winter
Western Slope Skies
11:17 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Western Slope Skies 12/20/13

As the holidays approach, the days shorten, bringing with them our glorious Western Slope night skies.  Joining us to celebrate the season is a brilliant cluster of stars, called the Pleiades, or Seven Sisters. 

Rising on our eastern horizon, the Pleiades first appears as a cloud-like thumbprint.  As your eyes adapt to the darkness, you’ll be able to pick out point-like stars, as many as six or seven. 

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NEWS
10:26 am
Fri December 20, 2013

KVNF Regional Newcast: Friday, December 20, 2013

Headlines

  • Montrose County Sheriff's Sergeant on Leave after Child Abuse Allegations
  • Ouray County Mine Cited for Nearly 100 Safety Violations
  • Hickenlooper Calls for Bipartisanship Next Year
  • San Miguel County Commissioners Approve Funding for EcoAction Partners
  • Tree Hunting in one of Colorado's National Forests
  • Western Slope Skies - The Star Cluster Pleides
NEWS
8:39 am
Fri November 22, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, November 22, 2013

Headlines

  • More Details Emerging after Ouray Mine Accident
  • Missing Ouray Woman Found Dead
  • Small Companies Worried about New Air Pollution Rules
  • Identity of Person Killed in Plane Crash Still Not Released
  • Western Slope Skies - The Two Galileos and the Moons of Jupter
  • KVNF Sports Report
Western Slope Skies
12:00 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Western Slope Skies 11/8/13

Comet ISON has been in the news for more than a year now. Discovered in September 2012, the comet should now be visible with binoculars or a small telescope.

ISON is a ‘sun grazer’ comet, as it will pass only 700,000 miles from the sun on November 28th.  This distance is less than the sun’s diameter!

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Western Slope Skies
8:15 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Western Slope Skies 10/11/13

This is the third in a series on Women in Astronomy.  Today, we meet Caroline Herschel.

Caroline Herschel was born in Hanover, Germany in 1750.  Her early life was a conflict between her father, who wanted her to be educated in music and science, and her mother, who thought that household chores were the appropriate life for a woman.

In 1772, Caroline moved to England and joined her brother, William, who was already working in astronomy and music.  Over time, they gradually left music and became full-time astronomers.

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Western Slope Skies
9:39 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Western Slope Skies 9/27/13

Early fall nights can be crisp, but it’s rewarding to go out after dark on these clear, moonless evenings to see some stars and constellations in our Western Slope skies.   

Rising in the northeast just after dark, you will find a group of stars that looks like a “W” on its side.  These stars are part of the constellation Cassiopeia, which commemorates a queen in Greek mythology.  

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NEWS
8:22 am
Tue September 17, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Headlines

  • Death Toll in Floods Rises to 8, Search and Rescue Continues
  • Western Slope Firefighter Speaks to KVNF from Fort Collins
  • KVNF to Participate in Live Telethon Fundraiser for Flood Victims
  • Delta County to Appeal Cease-and-Desist Order from Hen House
  • Ouray County Rodeo Association Hopes to Rebuild Fairgrounds
  • Western Slope Skies - The Sun & Solar Storms
NEWS
8:47 am
Fri September 13, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Friday, September 13, 2013

Headlines

  • Front Range Flooding Causes 3 Deaths, 2 Broken Dams
  • Heavy Rains Hinder Progress of Post-Waldo Canyon Fire Recovery
  • Arrests Made in Rifle Meth Ring
  • Powell Mesa Hen House Operators to Appeal Cease-and-Desist Order
  • State Offering Grants for Rural Movie Theaters to Convert to Digital
  • Western Slope Skies - The Sun and Solar Cycles
  • BLM State Director Helen Hankins to Retire
  • KVNF Regional Sports Report
Western Slope Skies
10:05 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Western Slope Skies 8/30/13

Just about any clear night provides an invitation to go outside and see what’s up. Some nights, however, might offer a special attraction: a meteor shower; a conjunction between the Moon and a bright star or planet; or even a lunar eclipse. If you are a beginner stargazer you can maximize your sky watching efforts by taking a few simple steps.

Start with a star chart, and/or a Planisphere or a star-charting app that runs on a smart phone, tablet, or PC.  These are valuable tools in learning the night sky, displaying any number of sky objects for any hour of the night.

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