Sea Monsters Planetarium Movie & Talk Nov. 13

PEEC News:

Watch 82 million-year-old animals come to life at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.

Local paleontologist Ralph Chapman will give a special presentation to set the stage for the film Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure. Take a journey back in time to see some of the most bizarre, ferocious and fascinating creatures ever to inhabit the sea.
Unexpected discoveries gave paleontologists vital information for creating this film about a time when the middle of North America was an inland


At The Centre Of The Tuning Fork

This galaxy is known as Mrk 820. Courtesy/ESA/Hubble & NASA and N. Gorin (STScI) Acknowledgement.Judy Schmidt (www.geckzilla.com/)


This galaxy is known as Mrk 820 and is classified as a lenticular galaxy — type S0 on the Hubble Tuning Fork.

The Hubble Tuning Fork is used to classify galaxies according to their morphology. Elliptical galaxies look like smooth blobs in the sky and lie on the handle of the fork. They are arranged along the handle based on how elliptical they are, with the more spherical galaxies furthest from the tines of the fork, and the more egg-shaped ones closest


Los Alamos Scientist Part Of NASA’s Select Few Hunting For Meteorites In Antarctica

LANL scientist Nina Lanza at the summit of Hvannadalsnukur, the highest mountain in Iceland, practicing glacier travel techniques similar to those needed for Antarctic fieldwork. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Nina Lanza, of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Space and Remote Sensing group, was selected as one of eight members for the 2015-2016 field campaign of the Antarctica Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) program, which is supported by NASA.

“These meteorites can help us understand the formation and evolution of our solar system,” Lanza said. “They come from planets, their moons and asteroids.


Public Comment Period On Chromium Project Draft Environmental Assessment Extended To Nov. 13, 2015

LANL News:

The Department of Energy Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) has prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment for the Chromium Plume Control Interim Measure and Plume-Center Characterization at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

This document describes the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed actions in Mortandad Canyon. The objectives of the proposed actions are to control migration of the chromium plume and to further characterize and study the chromium plume in the groundwater beneath Mortandad Canyon.

The public comment period


From Earth To The Universe Playing At Planetarium This Weekend

From Earth to the Universe movie poster. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Enjoy stunning imagery from space as part of a full-dome feature film, From Earth to the Universe, playing in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7-8.

This full-dome feature film takes passengers on a voyage through space and time. Along the way, adventurers will visit birthplaces and burial grounds of stars and explore beyond the Milky Way.

Tickets may be purchased by phone or at the Los Alamos Nature Center and are $6 for adults and $4 for children. This movie is not recommended for children


LANL: High-energy Physics Detector MicroBooNE Sees First Accelerator-born Neutrinos

An accelerator-born neutrino candidate, spotted with the MicroBooNE detector. Courtesy/Fermilab

LANL News:

  • Los Alamos collaboration on target, beamline, aids detection of “ghost particles”

MicroBooNE, a neutrino detector saw its first neutrinos, known as the ghost particles, Oct. 15 in a multi-laboratory experiment at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, near Chicago.

“This is a great day for MicroBooNE, and it brings us closer to addressing the question of sterile neutrinos and short-baseline neutrino oscillations,” said Los Alamos National Laboratory staff member Richard


NMED Joins 5-State Challenge To EPA’s Ozone Rule

NMED Secretary Ryan Flynn

NMED News:

NMED Joins Arkansas, Oklahoma, Arizona, and North Dakota to Challenge EPA’s Ozone Rule Change

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Environment Department with the States of Arizona, Arkansas, North Dakota, and Oklahoma are challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to set more stringent, one-size-fits-all federal air quality standards for ozone (Arizona v. EPA, D.C. Cir., No. 15-1392, 10/27/15). 

The five states filed the lawsuit Oct. 27 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. 

“The Environmental


NMED Questions Independence Of DOI Probe

NMED News:
SANTA FE  New Mexico Environment Department officials Oct. 23, questioned the intent, independence, and investigative rigor of the U.S. Dept. of Interior’s (DOI) report on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Gold King Mine blowout that released 3 million gallons of heavy metals laced mine wastewater into the Animas and San Juan Rivers.  
“While DOI’s technical evaluation squarely places blame for the Gold King Mine blowout on EPA, it suspiciously avoids answering any questions of substance relating to who made the


Halloween Skies To Include Dead Comet Flyby

This image, bearing an eerie resemblance to a skull, of asteroid 2015 TB145, a dead comet, was generated using radar data collected by the National Science Foundation’s 1,000-foot (305-meter) Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. The radar image was taken Oct. 30, 2015, and the image resolution is 25 feet (7.5 meters) per pixel. Courtesy/NAIC-Arecibo/NSF

JPL News:

The large space rock that will zip past Earth this Halloween is most likely a dead comet that, fittingly, bears an eerie resemblance to a skull.

Scientists observing asteroid 2015 TB145 with NASA’s Infrared Telescope


PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Honeycomb, Dragonfly Eyes, And Lava Columns

The eye of a dragonfly. Photo by Rudi Gunawan

PEEC Amateur Naturalist
Honeycomb, Dragonfly Eyes, and Lava Columns
The comb of honeybees has fascinated people for centuries. Marcus Terentius Varro, a Roman scholar, proposed in 36 BC that hexagons with equal sides would take the least total perimeter when dividing a surface into regions of equal area.
Stated differently, bees do not have to produce as much beeswax for storage containers when compared to square or triangular containers if the containers are hexagonal in shape.
Bees need to consume