Western Slope Skies

Western Slope Skies
8:15 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Western Slope Skies 6/21/13

This is the first in a series of Western Slope Skies episodes about Women in Astronomy.  We hope that, in some manner, these inspire our young female listeners to become involved in astronomy.

On June 16, 1963, the Russians launched Vostok 6.  The lone astronaut on board was Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space.  She was in space for 48 orbits over three days.  In her single mission, she logged more time in space than all the American astronauts who had been in space to that date combined.

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Western Slope Skies
8:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Western Slope Skies 6/7/2013

Have you ever attended a night sky session and heard people talk about Messier 13 or Messier 6?  Today we discuss the man whose list is a legacy that still excites astronomers over 200 years later. 

Charles Messier was born in France on June 26, 1730.  He became interested in astronomy at a young age.  In 1751, the French Navy hired Messier as an assistant astronomer in Paris. 

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Western Slope Skies
11:14 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Western Slope Skies 5/24/2013

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!    

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Local Newscast
9:05 am
Fri May 10, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Friday, May 10, 2013

Headlines:

  • Highway 133 opens to two-way traffic for the weekend
  • Small victory for opponents of drilling in Thompson Divide
  • Ensuring melon safety at Rocky Ford
  • If you see a guy in high heels…
  • Senate rejects increase in fines for oil and gas industry
  • Williams delays plant expansion at leak site
  • Take the Delta County Economic Development Broadband Survey
  • Western Slope Skies Takes a closer look at our closest celestial neighbor
Western Slope Skies
9:38 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Western Slope Skies 4/26/2013

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.

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Local Newscast
9:03 am
Fri April 26, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Friday, April 26, 2013

Headlines:

  • Pinon Ridge approved by state; first new uranium mill in the U.S. in more than three decades
  • Authorities tie Grand Junction drug ring to Mexico kingpin
  • Court upholds firing of medical marijuana patient for off-the-job use
  • CU President won’t honor student wishes to divest fossil fuels companies
  • Western Slope Skies: Viewing Saturn will be a treat in the next few weeks
Western Slope Skies
10:32 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Western Slope Skies 4/12/2013

Listen to Western Slope Skies, a report on the night sky by the Black Canyon Astronomical Society.  

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Local Newscast
8:27 am
Fri April 12, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Friday, April 12, 2013

Headlines:

  • “Non-citizen” driver’s license bill passes Senate committee
  • Whooping cough breaks out in Garfield County
  • Can medical marijuana users buy guns? Some say no.
  • The strange tale of the U.S. government and helium
  • Western Slope Skies: The moon and its phases
Local Newscast
8:41 am
Wed April 3, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Wednesday, April 03, 2013.

Headlines:

  • Early and Severe Fire Season Forecast For West Slope
  • Four BLM Controlled Burns Planned for Grand Mesa Area
  • Driving While Stoned Bill Passes State House
  • Western Slope Skies From Black Canyon Astronomical Society
  • KVNF Comment Line
Western Slope Skies
8:08 am
Fri March 15, 2013

March Equinox

March 20th is the March equinox, one of four important days in the year that define the relation between the sun and the Earth.


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