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Earthsky Tonight – Dec 31 2009: Full moon, Blue

Earthsky Tonight – Dec 31 2009: Full moon, Blue Moon, last eclipse of 2009, on New Year’s Eve

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org On this last night of the year, nearly everyone worldwide will see the full moon all night long. The only exception will be Antarctica, where there’s a midnight sun now and no moon at all. The full moon will rise around sunset on this New Year’s Eve, climb highest in the sky around midnight, and will set around sunrise on the first day of 2010. For the Americas, Europe, Africa, and far-western Asia, ... Full Story

This moment in time

This moment in time is the beginning for the American people. What is Congress going to leave the American people for it's new beginning? Will it be a financial catastrophe with the insurance companies reaping huge profits, Congress members taking jobs as lobbyists in the coming years and the downfall of the US economy while the human suffering continues? Or will it be the long-term opportunity that the American people need? Fair profits for healthcare companies, politcians working for "We the ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight – Dec 30 2009, Star Sirius is

Earthsky Tonight – Dec 30 2009, Star Sirius is torchbearer of the New Year

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Lots of celestial lights will adorn the nighttime as the clock ticks toward the midnight hour tomorrow, bringing in the New Year. For starters, there’s Orion, the gem of all constellations. And Sirius, the brightest star of nighttime, shining to the lower left of Orion’s Belt. No less a fixture than the tolling bells that ring in the New Year, Sirius is truly the New Year’s Day star. Sirius celebrates its ... Full Story

Berthoud Police Beat, December 2009

Thursday, Dec. 3 Berthoud police made 11 traffic stops and issued two summonses. At 3:03 a.m. police responded to a verbal disturbance at 217 McColm St. David McCullaum reported a theft at his apartment at 1606 Fourth St. A checkbook and other items were taken the day prior to the report. Friday, Dec. 4 A Fort Collins woman came to the police department to report a case of fraud. She said that a person who lives at 309 Victoria St. in Berthoud used her identity. She was told to ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight – Dec 29 2009, Moon and Pioneer

Earthsky Tonight – Dec 29 2009, Moon and Pioneer 10 spacecraft align in Taurus

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Tonight, the waxing gibbous moon shines in front of the constellation Taurus the Bull. Unfortunately, the big, bright moon will wash out most of the constellation’s stars. Despite the moonlit glare, you may note Taurus’ brightest star, Aldebaran, to the right of the moon this evening, and Elnath, Taurus’ second brightest star, to the left of the moon. For the second time this month, the moon and the ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight – Dec 28 2009 Moon glides by

Earthsky Tonight – Dec 28 2009 Moon glides by Pleiades on December 28

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Tonight, moving eastward as it always does in orbit around Earth, the moon will pass by the Pleiades. Our sky chart shows you what the moon and the Pleiades cluster might look like through binoculars this early evening. Early stargazers sometimes described the Pleiades as a ‘swarm of bees’ in the night sky. Modern stargazers sometimes mistake it for the asterism known as the Little Dipper. The true Little ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight – Dec 27 2009, Bellatrix

Earthsky Tonight – Dec 27 2009, Bellatrix – Orion’s third brightest – means ‘Female Warrior’

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org The constellation Orion takes center stage this month and rightly so. With an inordinate number of bright stars, it is one of the most prominent constellations in the sky. Look for Orion in the east-southeastern sky from around 6 to 7 p.m. A while ago, we talked about Orion’s two brightest stars, but the third-brightest star in Orion, Bellatrix, is often overlooked. According to Richard Hinckley Allen’s ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight – Dec 26 2009, Moon near

Earthsky Tonight – Dec 26 2009, Moon near Ram’s head on December 26

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org As seen from North America, the waxing gibbous moon will shine right below the head of the constellation Aries the Ram this evening. So it’ll be easy to locate the Ram’s head, but the moonlit glare will make it difficult to see the 3 stars that depict the head: Hamal, Sheratan and Mesarthim. Mesarthim will be especially hard to see. This evening, the Pleiades star cluster shines nearly 30 degrees to ... Full Story

Earthsky Tonight – Dec 25 2009 Northern Cross

Earthsky Tonight – Dec 25 2009 Northern Cross stands upright on winter evenings

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org We get many questions from people in northern latitudes about if and when they can view the Southern Cross in their portion of the sky. The truth is that unless you live close to the tropics (Hawaii, or the southernmost parts of Texas or Florida for those of us in the U.S.), you will not be able to view the Southern Cross, also known as the constellation Crux. To find out how to locate Crux in Hawaii right now, look ... Full Story

Larimer County Commissioners’ Schedule

Larimer County Commissioners' Schedule, Dec. 28, 2009 – Jan. 1, 2010 Monday, Dec. 28, 2009 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Land Use Items with Planning Department Staff, Hearing Room, 1st Floor Pledge of Allegiance Public comment on the County Land Use Code Public comment on the Larimer County budget Consent item: *Will not be discussed unless requested by Commissioners or members of the audience. *1. CDOT bridge project flood plain special review: Request: To approve the ... Full Story

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