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Archive for February, 2011

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

  Stephan's Quintet Image Data: Hubble Legacy Archive, ESA, NASA; Processing: Hunter Wilson   Explanation: The first identified compact galaxy group, Stephan's Quintet is featured in this eye-catching image constructed with data drawn from the extensive Hubble Legacy Archive. About 300 million light-years away, only four galaxies of the group are actually locked in a cosmic dance of repeated close encounters. The odd man out is easy to spot, though. The ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—March 1, Moon still close to Venus

Sky Tonight—March 1, Moon still close to Venus before sunrise

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org The thin crescent moon still shines near Venus, the sky’s brightest planet, at morning dawn on Wednesday, March 2. However, you will need a level and unobstructed horizon to catch the moon and Venus low in your east-southeast sky. Look for them over the horizon about 75 to 60 minutes before sunup. Venus, the 2nd planet outward from the sun, orbits the sun one step inward from Earth. Because Venus’ ... Full Story

Slices of Life

Slices of Life

The great toothbrush takeover   By Jill Pertler   Something is awry around here. I believe my household slipped through a wormhole and the rules of the cosmic universe are no longer in effect. In other words, my life is spinning out of control and reality’s gone right along with it. Something’s fishy with the toothbrushes. My family possesses six sets of teeth (not counting the dog); therefore logic would dictate a total of six toothbrushes should reside in my ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—Feb 28, Moon and Venus closest together

Sky Tonight—Feb 28, Moon and Venus closest together on morning of March 1

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org Our sky chart shows the waning crescent moon and the brightest planet Venus for about an hour before sunrise on March 1. We are showing mid-northern latitudes, like those in the U.S. As seen from the world’s eastern hemisphere – Europe, Africa, the Middle East, western Asia, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand – the moon and Venus pair up even more closely together than they do in the ... Full Story

BHS & TMS Combined Choir

Berthoud High School and Turner Middle School Combined Choir concert - This will be a combined choral concert on Tues. March 1 at 7:00 pm in the Berthoud High School auditorium. This is a free concert featuring all the BHS choirs joined by the TMS 7th and 8th grade choir members. The public is invited to attend a wonderful evening of Choral music.

Lybia in the news

The New York Times The Opinion Pages Unfit for Democracy? By Nicholas D Kristof I don’t think so. Moreover, this line of thinking seems to me insulting to the unfree world. In Egypt and Bahrain in recent weeks, I’ve been humbled by the lionhearted men and women I’ve seen defying tear gas or bullets for freedom that we take for granted. How can we say that these people are unready for a democracy that they are prepared to die for?     Associated Press Clinton: US ... Full Story

We saw the Arab revolutions coming. Why didn’t

We saw the Arab revolutions coming. Why didn’t the West?

The following is an editorial from Al Jazeera whose streaming content is available on the web at http://english.aljazeera.net/watch_now/. Al Jazeera, literally, "The Island," is an international news network headquartered in Doha, Qatar. Initially launched as an Arabic news and current affairs satellite TV channel with the same name, Al Jazeera has since expanded into a network with several outlets, including the Internet and specialty TV channels in multiple languages. Al Jazeera is ... Full Story

Eagles Earn Playoff Berth in OT Win vs. Wichita

Eagles Earn Playoff Berth in OT Win vs. Wichita

  LOVELAND, Colo. - The Colorado Eagles defeated the Wichita Thunder, 5-4, in overtime, and in the process, clinched their eighth playoff berth in as many seasons of existence (more than a full month before the regular season ends). Special teams played a large role in the game, with the Eagles' stopping eight of nine Thunder power plays, while converting on two of their own six. Colorado got the game's opening goal just 29 seconds in when Riley Nelson circled behind the ... Full Story

Sky Tonight—Feb 27, Moon and Venus in southeast

Sky Tonight—Feb 27, Moon and Venus in southeast before sunrise

Courtesy of EarthSky A Clear Voice for Science Visit EarthSky at www.EarthSky.org If it is clear in the wee hours before sunrise on February 28, there is no way that you can miss the waning crescent moon and the dazzling planet Venus in the east or southeast sky. After all, the moon and Venus rank as the second- and third-brightest heavenly bodies, respectively, after the sun. From middle latitudes in the northern hemisphere, the moon and Venus will rise about 2 hours before the sun ... Full Story

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Astronomy Picture of the Day

  Shell Galaxies in Pisces Image Credit & Copyright: Stephen Leshin Explanation: This colorful cosmic skyscape features a peculiar system of galaxies cataloged as Arp 227 some 100 million light-years distant. Swimming within the boundaries of the constellation Pisces, Arp 227 consists of the two galaxies prominent on the left; the curious shell galaxy NGC 474 and its blue, spiral-armed neighbor NGC 470. The faint, wide arcs or shells of NGC 474 could have been formed ... Full Story

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