Short Features

Short public affairs programs played throughout the KVNF program schedule:

Confessions of a Heavy Thinker: 12:30pm on Sundays, 2:30pm on Thursdays, Angus Stocking

Confessions of a Heavy Thinker is a short feature created by Angus Stocking, whose intention is to loosen the listener's grip on fixed beliefs, so that more pleasant beliefs can be selected and implemented. In addition to Confessions, Angus also publishes essays on his blog, OtherBS.com, and has contributed essays to BoingBoing.net. His Kindle ebook, also titled Confessions of a Heavy Thinker, is available on Amazon for a very reasonable sum.

Western Slope Skies: Black Canyon Astronomical Society

Western Slope Skies is produced by members of the Black Canyon Astronomical Society, who take a look at our “local” night sky. Hear it on the Friday morning local newscast (from 8-8:15 AM) and on Wednesday nights at 8 PM during Global Express.

Do you have a question about the night sky or other astronomical topics? Ask it in our comments section below!

What Works with Ann Izard:

Crawford resident, Ann Izard, believes love and gratitude are the keys to a good life.  She reaches out to KVNF listeners to share her wisdom on good living in her weekly commentary at 8pm on Tuesday evenings.

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WESTERN SLOPE SKIES
7:00 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Western Slope Skies: Women in Astronomy

Women in Astronomy – Sydney Wolff

This is a continuing series on Women in Astronomy.  Today we meet Sidney Wolff.

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WESTERN SLOPE SKIES
7:00 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Western Slope Skies - Star Light, Planet Bright

The Pleiades
Credit Hubble Space Telescope - NASA

The winter evening sky was dominated by two exceptionally bright “stars” that are actually planets — resplendent Venus, nearest of planetary neighbors, in the west, and regal Jupiter, largest of the planets, in the east. As we enter spring, Venus and Jupiter remain celestial highlights, and will treat us to a special double-feature in mid-April — each planet will be very close to a prominent open star cluster.

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WESTERN SLOPE SKIES
7:00 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Western Slope Skies - Lunar Eclipse at Dawn

If you rise early on Saturday, April 4 you will be treated to an unusual event:  the third of four total lunar eclipses occurring within a period of just two years.  This has been called a lunar eclipse tetrad. 

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WESTERN SLOPE SKIES
7:00 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Western Slope Skies - Ursa Major

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, near Montrose, CO, is an excellent place to observe night skies free from light pollution. When it comes to constellations, one of the most famous is Ursa Major, meaning “The Big Bear,” which includes “The Big Dipper.”

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WESTERN SLOPE SKIES
10:44 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Western Slope Skies - Solar System Exploration in 2015

2015 is a banner year for solar system exploration.  Although the European Venus Express Mission and NASA’s Messenger Mission to Mercury are ending, other missions will be gearing up in 2015.  NASA’s New Horizons probe will fly by Pluto in July, and in March, another NASA probe, called Dawn, will enter orbit around Ceres, the l

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WESTERN SLOPE SKIES
7:00 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Western Slope Skies - Women In Astronomy

This is an ongoing series on Women in Astronomy.  Today, we meet three modern women in astronomy, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Andrea Ghez, and Carolyn Porco.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
11:45 am
Wed December 10, 2014

As the Worm Turns - Tuesday, 12/9/14

Credit Zephyros Farm and Garden

Host Jill Spears welcomes Don Lareau of Zephyros Farm, a small diversified family farm on 35 acres near Paonia.

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WESTERN SLOPE SKIES
7:00 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Western Slope Skies - December Solstice

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. 

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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 October 10, 2014

Western Slope Skies - 10/10/14

October 23 Solar Eclipse

On October 8 we were treated to a total eclipse of the moon, and on October 23 North American sky-watchers can experience a partial solar eclipse. 

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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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WESTERN SLOPE SKIES
7:00 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Western Slope Skies - 8/15/14

Planetary Conjunctions

Late August will be a great time for planet watching, in the morning and the evening. If you are up early on Monday, August 18, you will be rewarded by a spectacular pre-dawn sight. 

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WESTERN SLOPE SKIES
7:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Western Slope Skies - 8/1/14

The Tidal Dance of the Earth and the Moon

We learn in grade school that the Moon, our nearest neighbor in space, causes tides on the Earth’s oceans. It does so through its gravitational attraction to the Earth. But the gravitation interplay between Earth and Moon has other, subtler effects as well.

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WESTERN SLOPE SKIES
11:52 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Western Slope Skies - 7/18/14

The Evening Sky in Late July

The Sun sets late on these long summer days, and it’s not fully dark until almost 10 PM.  And, because of this week’s late-rising moon, the sky remains dark long after twilight, allowing us great views of the Milky Way and the stars of summer.

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WESTERN SLOPE SKIES
12:50 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Western Slope Skies - 7/4/14

Pluto a planet?  Not a planet?  Beloved Disney Dog?

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WESTERN SLOPE SKIES
12:43 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Western Slope Skies - 6/20/14

June Solstice

With the arrival of warmer temperatures, perhaps you’ve been enjoying some outings to the mountains or a float trip on a river.  While there is no doubt that summer is in full swing here in western Colorado, it’s not until this coming Saturday that the Universe makes it official. 

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