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Archive for June 23, 2010

EarthSky Tonight-June 24: Earth passes between sun and

EarthSky Tonight-June 24: Earth passes between sun and Pluto tomorrow

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Pluto – the former planet – comes to opposition on June 25, at 19:00 Universal Time. That is when we on Earth pass more or less between the sun and Pluto, so that this distant world is now opposite the sun in our sky. Of course, in Pluto’s case, it is not exactly opposite since the orbit of Pluto is inclined to the plane of the solar system by 17 degrees. That is a greater inclination than the orbits of Mercury, Venus, ... Full Story

Boom town Berthoud?

Boom town Berthoud?

Berthoud on the verge of real estate boom? According to a recent article in the Norther Colorado Business Report and a corresponding interview on KUNC radio that is the case. The article says, among other things, that construction will begin on the Safeway store next year, with an opening in 2012. That was certainly news to Mayor Tom Patterson. He has seen no change in conditions that would warrant a change in Safeway's plans and he has certainly not been informed by the company or their agents ... Full Story

Second meningitis death confirmed

Second meningitis death confirmed

The Larimer County Department of Health and Environment on Tuesday confirmed the death of a second person from meningococcal disease. The patient had been hospitalized in the intensive care unit at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins since June 14, 2010. “It is our very sad duty to confirm that the second hockey player from the C Division of the adult hockey league in Fort Collins, who played in a June 9th game, died early Tuesday morning, ” said Dr. Adrienne LeBailly, director of the ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight-June 23: Waxing gibbous moon passes

EarthSky Tonight-June 23: Waxing gibbous moon passes near Scorpion’s Heart

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Tonight the moon returns to the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion. The brightest star in the immediate vicinity is Antares, whose name means “like Mars,” because of its similar reddish hue. If you remember your Greek mythology, or perhaps episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess, Ares is the god of war, the counterpart to the Roman god Mars. You can perform the color comparison yourself, because the planet Mars lies in the ... Full Story

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