If you have attended an astronomy event in the summer, you probably observed Messier objects, such as the Swan Nebula (Messier 17) or the Great Hercules Cluster (Messier 13). Charles Messier was a French astronomer in the 18th century. While his interest was discovering comets, now he is best known for the list of Messier objects, which was published between 1774 and 1781.
Our regular host Jill Spears and gardening gurus Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen are taking a well-deserved winter break. Guest host Peggy Soup is in the studio tonight. She takes a call about echinacea root, and waxes eloquent about a variety of topics. Mom Bonnie & sister Alesha join her for quiet moral support.
Guest host Peggy Soup & gardening expert Lance Swigart discuss a few more pruning tips to wrap up last week's topic, then spend the rest of the hour talking about grains. A book that was discussed in the show is Small-Scale Grain Raising by Gene Logsdon.
If any of you have attended an astronomy event during the warm season, then you may recall the stars of summer, such as Antares, Vega, and Albireo. There are several bright stars in winter that are of interest on our cold, clear nights. One advantage to winter viewing is that dark skies arrive early.
Many people will see the snow that's currently blanketing much of the Eastern seaboard of the U.S. as a nuisance coating sidewalks and roads. Others are celebrating it as an excuse to spend the day swooshing down a hill.
The December solstice is coming! At 4:03 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on December 21st, the Sun reaches its most distant point south in 2014, as viewed from Earth. This defines the December solstice, which is the shortest day in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest day in the Southern Hemisphere.