Lightning safety tips

May 23, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about lightning.  Yes, it’s that time of year again.  Florida is the lightning capital of the U.S., with more deaths each year than any other state.  The most dangerous months are June, July and August.  Around here, morning is the most dangerous time of day.  Rain-filled clouds pushed by westerly winds, pile up above us.  When it thunders, remember these safety tips: Avoid open high ground and isolated tall trees.  Stay away from bodies of water – the ocean, the Lagoon, lakes, even swimming pools.  Seek shelter inside a building or hard-to

Last night the moon and the planet Saturn could be found near each other above the constellation Scorpius. Actually they were both within the borders of a star pattern named Ophiuchus, which is depicted as a big guy wearing a toga and holding a snake – he’s actually a mythical doctor, it’s a long story. Okay – Ophiuchus is not the guy’s name, that’s his title, which means, “serpent bearer.” His actual name is Asclepius, and those in the medical profession still swear by Asclepius when they take the Hippocratic oath.

Drew Mello talks with John Thompson, Vice Flotilla Commander for Flotilla 58 with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in Fort Pierce.

The Auxiliary will be offering free, one day boater safety education classes through August at their building on Seaway Drive in Fort Pierce.

For information on the free About Boating Safety class click here:

For information on U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 58 click here:

May 21-27 is National Safe Boating Week.

The moon is full tonight and it can be found between the stars Zubenelgenube and Zubeneshamli in the constellation Libra. Until a few thousand years ago, Libra was part of the constellation Scorpius, and those two stars, Zubenelgenube and Zubeshamale, mean “southern claw,” and “northern claw.” May’s full moon is the Planting Moon of springtime, also the Milk Moon, the Hare Moon or the Frogs Return Moon. Since it’s May we also call it the Merry Moon. In oriental culture it’s known as the Buddha Full Moon.

The moon is nearly full this evening; May’s full moon always makes me think of horseshoe crabs out in the Atlantic Ocean. Not a true crab at all, but a distant relative of spiders and scorpions, the horseshoe crab is often called a living fossil because its kind has existed unchanged for hundreds of millions of years. In the springtime, usually in the month of May when the moon is full and the tide is high, the horseshoe crabs mate and lay their eggs in the sand at the water's edge, continuing the process that has brought them unchanged to the present day.

Here’s a small astronomy quiz for you all to puzzle over: What’s the closest planet to the sun? The old constellation Ursa Major, the Great Bear, is overhead in our sky this evening, but in America, we see another pattern among its stars – what is it? Which is bigger – a galaxy or a solar system? What did Clyde Tombaugh discover? Here are the answers. The planet Mercury is closest to our sun, at a mere 36 million miles; and last week we got to see it pass directly between us and the sun.

The Big Dipper is about halfway up in the northern sky after sunset tonight. This is a pretty easy group of stars to find: it’s made up of seven fairly bright stars which trace out the pattern of a saucepan in the heavens. Three of the stars, Alkaid, Mizar and Alioth, mark its handle, and four stars – Megrez, Phecda, Merak and Dhube, form the pot or the bowl.  Now the official constellation in this part of the sky is Ursa Major, the Great Bear, in Greek mythology a maid who was transformed into a bear and carried into the sky by Zeus, the king of the gods.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the oldest chartered church in St.

Halfway up in the eastern sky this evening there is a star that doesn’t belong here – an interloper. It’s Arcturus, the fourth brightest star in our night sky, and it’s a visitor from beyond the galactic disc. Arcturus is an old red giant, and while most of the stars you see up there are moving along with our sun, traveling in nearly circular orbits about the hub of our Milky Way galaxy, Arcturus moves at a sharp angle to all the others. Our sun and planets are embedded within the Milky Way’s disc, and our orbit carries us along in the plane of the disc as we revolve.

Drew Mello talks with Dr. Patti Corey-Souza, Health & Wellness Coordinator for Indian River State College and the host of Lifelines, heard daily on WQCS and Deb Pizzimenti, Director of Outreach for Suncoast Mental Health Center.

IRSC, in conjunction with Suncoast Mental Health Center will host a free Mental Health Awareness Brown Bag Lecture on Wednesday May 25, at the Kight Center for Emerging Technology on IRSC’s main campus in Fort Pierce.

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month.