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The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad provides beeping Easter eggs for visually impaired children in Ft. Pierce.

It’s a busy week at Indian River State College’s Hallstrom Planetarium. I’m preparing a new program that opens Friday night. The new show is called, “Eclipse!” It will feature not only the stars and constellations that you can see in the evenings at this time of year, but also provide audiences with a guided tour of eclipses. We’ll discuss the myths and the folklore, the history and the science behind them. We’ll show you solar and lunar eclipses, partial eclipses, total eclipses, annular eclipses, transits and occultations too. What does all that mean?

YMCA Of The Treasure Coast Easter House Turns 30

Apr 11, 2017

Find out more about the Easter House from the YMCA of the Treasure Coast by clicking HERE.

The moon is full tonight. This is the first full moon since the beginning of Spring, so it’s called the Paschal moon, which determines when Passover and Easter occur each year. Easter always occurs on the Sunday following the first full moon of the spring season, it’s what folks used to call, a “moveable feast,” because the date of the observance changes from year to year. Since spring is underway, the Sioux Indians call April’s full moon, the Moon of Greening Grass; to the Winnebago, it is Planting Corn Moon.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about manatees.  The U.S.

Tonight the nearly full moon appears in the east at sunset. As darkness sets in, you’ll find that our nearest neighbor in space has some company – the planet Jupiter. There it is, a very bright star to the right of the moon. Along with Jupiter and the moon there is another star below them - it is Spica in the constellation Virgo the Maiden. One indicator of distance in space is brightness, although it isn’t entirely reliable. Some objects are just naturally brighter than others, but in the case of the moon, Jupiter and Spica, this method works.

Friends With Benefits

Apr 7, 2017

Drew Mello talks with Diane Tomasik from the Friends of the Martin County Library System and the Friends' Book Depot.

The Friends group is having a membership drive and they’re offering a bag full of free books if people sign up to be a Friend.

For more information on the Friends Book Depot click here:

WQCS listeners may best know her as a panelist on the quiz show Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!  Amy Dickinson, however, also writes the syndicated column "Ask Amy."  She's also written a new book, "People Tend To Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Going Home."  

She'll be at IRSC on Friday.  Find out more by clicking HERE.

She'll be at the Vero Beach Book Center on Saturday at 3:00.  Find out more by clicking HERE.

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Watch the sun and you’ll discover it gets around. But of course you can’t watch the sun, because it’s too bright to look at without hurting your eyes. If you could somehow dim down the sun enough, you could also see the stars in the sky at the same time. (Actually, there are times when this happens – during total solar eclipses.)Assuming you could see the sun and stars at the same time, you’d notice the sun drifts eastward like the moon, although not as fast as the moon. The moon moves 13 degrees a day; the sun only moves about 1 degree a day.

This is the Astronomers Alphabet. Today’s letter is “E.” “E” stands for “Earth” and “Ecliptic;” the ecliptic is the earth’s orbital path “E” means “Ellipse,” which is the shape of pretty much every orbit, including the Earth’s.

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about a change at the top of the Vero Beach Museum of Art, one of our area’s cultural jewels.  The new CEO is Brady Roberts, who was chief curator of the Milwaukee Art Museum.  Some years ago, he gave a lecture at the Vero Beach museum and recently told the weekly newspaper 32963 that he found the community to be “intellectually engaged.”  The museum attracts 80,000 visitors a year and is considered to be one of the major art museums in Florida.  Roberts succeeds Lucinda Gedeon, the CEO for 12 years.  Under her leadership, the museum expand

Can you identify the thirtieth largest constellation in the sky? It is bordered on the north by Lynx the Bobcat and Auriga the Charioteer; on the east by Cancer the Crab; on the south by Canis Minor the Lesser Dog and Monoceros the Unicorn; and on the west by Orion the Hunter and Taurus the Bull. This constellation was created thousands of years ago, and its brightest stars seem to trace out a long rectangle in the heavens. In the Middle East, these stars were seen as a stack of bricks, but in Italy, they  represented Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome.

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