A multicolored, long Perseid meteor striking the sky in 2009 just to the left of Milky Way. Courtesy/wikipedia
Three Upcoming Dixon Star Parties:
El Valle Astronomers is planning three upcoming Star Parties at the Dixon Ballfield in August. The dates are Saturday Aug. 8, Wednesday Aug. 12 and Saturday Aug. 15. For all three, meet in front of the Dixon Coop Market at 8 p.m. and President Lee Mesibov will lead the procession up the hill to the Dixon Ballfield.
The big Perseid event is Wednesday, Aug. 12. Bring folding chairs and tarps, blankets and pillows, food and drinks.
Laser Pink Floyd: The Best of Echoes is one of 12 shows at the Nature Center. Courtesy image
PEEC is hosting 30 laser light shows in the new planetarium in August..
Aug. 7 through Aug. 15 there will be at least two laser light shows per day. Attendees will have the opportuity to experience a feast for the senses in these dazzling and captivating laser light programs.
With 11 unique shows playing during the week, there is truly something for everyone. Classic music fans will love to see how laser light transforms their favorite bands, with separate shows dedicated to the music of Led Zeppelin,
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U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz today released the following statement after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued their final Clean Power Plan rule that will encourage energy innovation by reducing the carbon emissions from America’s power plants.
Below is the statement from Secretary Moniz:
“Before President Barack Obama took office, America did not have a comprehensive national plan to avert the worst impacts of climate change. Seven years later, we are cutting carbon emissions from our cars, our trucks,
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A team uses the PipeLIBS tool, which can quickly assess the condition of a pipe. Courtesy/LANL
- Finalists include X-ray imaging, pipe corrosion, data handling and damage-detection software
Four Los Alamos National Laboratory projects have been selected as finalists for the 2015 R&D 100 awards, which honor the top 100 proven technological advances of the past year as determined by a panel selected by R&D Magazine.
The Los Alamos finalists are:
- LARS: Lab-scale Asynchronous Radiographic System;
- PipeLIBS: A Self-Contained Elemental Analysis Tool for the Oil Industry;
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PEEC offers the unique opportunity to explore fire through both art and science.
The Las Conchas Fire in 2011 burned more than 150,000 acres in the areas around Los Alamos. During the fire and over the next four years, photographer Rumi Vesselinova has sought to capture how this event altered the visual landscape of the region.
Join the artist as she presents these images 7-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 28 at the Nature Center.
Immediately after the artist reception, Terry Foxx will discuss
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Major flash flood Sept. 14, 2013 at Bandelier. Courtesy/NPS
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Attorney General Hector Balderas
SANTA FE – Attorney General Hector Balderas released the following statement today in response to the Public Regulation Commission’s refusal to study the costs and benefits of solar and wind energy in New Mexico:
“I continue to urge the PRC to gather more accurate and transparent information for taxpayers, including the study of the true costs and benefits of wind and solar energy in New Mexico. New Mexico’s energy system must be modernized in order to strengthen the economic security of New Mexico’s working families.”
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It’s a great year for wildflowers! With all the rain that has fallen on New Mexico this year, wildflowers are emerging in record numbers.
The new field guide “Wildflowers of the Northern and Central Mountains of New Mexico: Sangre de Cristo, Jemez, Sandia, and Manzano” has been published just in time for wildflower enthusiasts to find out more about this year’s bounty.
Author Larry J. Littlefield is the featured speaker at Mesa Public Library at
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A visitor watches a video Saturday inside the Bradbury Science Museum in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Many interactive exhibits fill the Bradbury Science Museum, drawing people of all ages. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Visitors have poured into the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos during the three day ScienceFest festival that began Thursday.
People of all ages participated in interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities and listened to dynamic speakers meant to engage kids, families, and individuals who are interested
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Lesser goldfinch. Photo by Dave Yeamans
One of the best ways to begin bird watching is by looking for the birds you see and hear every day. To help beginning birders recognize some of the species living in Los Alamos, join long-time Los Alamos resident and bird watcher Dave Yeamans on a hike at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22 leaving from the Los Alamos Nature Center.
From there, the group will walk intently down the Ranch School Trail and to the confluence of Discovery and Pueblo Canyons. The return trip is uphill out of the Canyon along the same trail. While participants will likely
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Monarch Butterfly. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan
As spring turns to summer, butterflies become more frequent visitors to the Pajarito Plateau. To learn more about these beautiful creatures, local butterfly enthusiast Roy Michelotti will introduce listeners to the most common species of butterflies seen in and around Los Alamos.
In addition to discussing butterfly identification, he will also explore this unique creature’s biology, behavior, life cycle and more. This talk is 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 21 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. It is free, and no registration is required.
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Wildland firefighter at work. Courtesy/PEEC
What does it take to be a wildland fireighter? What equipment do they use? What can kids do to prevent wildfires from starting?
Individuals and families can find the answer to these and other fire-related questions at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 22 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Local wildland firefighters will be on hand to answer questions, demonstrate how to use firefighting equipment and let families see their fire engine.
Summer Family Evenings have always been a popular program at PEEC, and now, with the Del Norte Credit Union’s support,
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Moving Arts Española (MAE) has been awarded funding from the Rio Arriba County Health and Human Services Department to design and install a community garden and composting educational project at the Hunter Arts and Agricultural Center.
The Hunter Arts and Agricultural Center is being developed in collaboration with Siete Del Norte Community Development Corporation, Moving Arts Española,
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Giving a presentation this evening to the Utilities Board, from left, Deputy Utilities Manager – Finance/Administration Bob Westervelt, Deputy Utilities Manager – Electric Steve Cummins and environmental attorney Richard Virtue from Santa Fe. Screen Shot/LAC
Utilities Manager Tim Glasco discusses the San Juan Generating Station Settlement Agreement. Screen Shot/LAC
Resident Robert Falco raises concerns of potential liability from contamination by the plant into the San Juan River and mine. He encouraged the board to exit the agreement: ‘Cut your losses when it’s
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This Western Bluebird is a first sighting for the Williams family who have more than 40 years residing in Los Alamos. This Western Bluebird female is continually bringing insects to her young. Photo by Joel M. Williams
This Western Bluebird male is serving as a ‘lookout’ while his wife is nesting in one of the family’s crude birdhouses under a pavilion cover on Zuni in Los Alamos. Photo by Joel M. Williams
- Blue Gold ― a documentary about the increasing precious commodity of water and the struggle to control it.
- Crying Earth Rise Up
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