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EarthSky Tonight—Sept 16, Cassiopeia and Perseus in

EarthSky Tonight—Sept 16, Cassiopeia and Perseus in northeast on September evenings

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org At this time of year, if you are in the northern hemisphere, try looking northeast at mid to late evening for two prominent constellations, Cassiopeia and Perseus. Learn these constellations now, and you may be able catch Comet Hartley 2 in front of Cassiopeia in late September and the first week in October. Then watch as the comet passes through Perseus until October 17. Comet Hartley 2 might brighten to binocular object by late ... Full Story

Larimer County Adopts Fire Restrictions on Open Fires

Larimer County, Colorado – The Board of Larimer County Commissioners adopted fire restrictions on Open Fires and Fireworks beginning immediately and continuing through November 1, 2010. These restrictions are based on a recommendation from Larimer County Sheriff Jim Alderden in light of dry conditions and prohibit the use of: Open fires and fireworks in the unincorporated areas of Larimer County. Contained open fires are not restricted at this time. Because ‘contained open fires’ are ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—September 15, Moon helps you

EarthSky Tonight—September 15, Moon helps you visualize Pluto spacecraft

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org A spacecraft is now in route to the dwarf planet Pluto, scheduled to arrive in the year 2015. Tonight’s moon can help you visualize this Pluto spacecraft’s whereabouts on our sky’s dome. We are talking about the New Horizons spacecraft, launched from Earth in 2006. Will you see the spacecraft itself tonight? No. Even with a high-powered telescope, this little craft cannot be seen from Earth now as it speeds toward the outer ... Full Story

Obituary: Virginia Marie Stokes

Obituary: Virginia Marie Stokes

Virginia (Ginny) Marie Stokes, 86, of Loveland died September 9, 2010. Ginny was born October 1, 1923 in Lincoln, Nebraska to Gottfried and Molly (Salzman) Bauer. She spent her youth in Lincoln attending Lincoln High. In September of 1942 she married the love of her life, Maynard Stokes. In 1958 she and Maynard moved to Colorado with their two sons, Roland and Arlen. After initially moving to Boulder they lived in Longmont, rural area west of Berthoud, and finally in Loveland. For the past ... Full Story

Correction to previous article

It was mistakenly reported that FEMA was involved in todays press conference. FEMA is not presently involved in the fire management, rather it is the Thomas Great Basin Type 1 Incident Management Team organized under the National Wildfire Coordination Group(NWCG)that is now overseeing fire suppression efforts on the Reservoir Road Fire. The NWCG includes wildland fire organizations within the USDA Forest Service; four Department of the Interior agencies: Bureau of Land Management, National Park ... Full Story

Reservoir Road Fire, one family’s story

Reservoir Road Fire, one family’s story

By P.J. Dipentino Sometimes life throws us curveballs and we don’t even know we are at bat. Sunday started out like any other Sunday morning for our family. The kids and I went to the BMX track to prepare for the day’s racing and my wife set off for a day of work at The Derby Grille. Around 11 a.m., while at the BMX track, I noticed smoke in the horizon. It did not appear to me to be a very big fire, but the location caught my attention. It appeared to be near our home on Pinewood ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—September 14, Moon in forgotten

EarthSky Tonight—September 14, Moon in forgotten constellation of Zodiac

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org This evening, the moon shines above the constellation Scorpius and in front of Ophiuchus – the “overlooked” constellation of the Zodiac. Once upon a time, the border between Scorpius and Ophiuchus was not a particularly well-defined section of sky, until the International Astronomers Union officially drew in the constellation borders in the 1930’s. Although you will not see Ophiuchus on the horoscope page in the ... Full Story

Reservoir Road Fire: Afternoon, Sept 13

Reservoir Road Fire: Afternoon, Sept 13

  Fire caused by resident burning leaves and twigs Chief Merlin Green of the Loveland Fire Department began Monday afternoon's press conference by saying the fire has covered 900 acres and is 20 percent contained. The fire, while not as active as yesterday, is still quite active. The most active area of the fire is moving to the west-northwest. Three helicopters and four air tankers are on the fire with more than 100 firefighters on the line. The hot, dry weather, coupled with steep rocky ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—September 13, Waxing moon near

EarthSky Tonight—September 13, Waxing moon near Scorpion’s Heart

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Here is a familiar figure – to stargazers – and to Texans like me. Just yesterday, my little neighbor – age 5 – told me she saw a scorpion. To those of us who watch the skies, the chance to see a celestial Scorpion is present mostly in the summer months. Here it is – Scorpius the Scorpion – only visible at nightfall and very early evening now that summer has faded away. Bright star in east? Might be planet Jupiter, ... Full Story

EarthSky Tonight—September 12, Moon, Venus and a

EarthSky Tonight—September 12,  Moon, Venus and a double star

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science www.EarthSky.org Our chart shows the moon, the planet Venus and the star Zubenelgenubi as they appear about one hour after sunset. The sky scene, though specifically for mid-northern latitudes in North America, will look similar at mid-northern latitudes all around the world. However, European and Asian observers will see the moon somewhat closer to Zubenelgenubi, the constellation Libra’s rather faint yet visible star. Bright star in east? ... Full Story

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