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The Eta Aquarid meteor shower is at peak activity the next two nights. These particular meteors are bits of dust from Halley’s Comet, plunging into our atmosphere at roughly 150,000 miles an hour, where they are vaporized, heating up the air around them and causing that momentary streak of light you see in the night sky. The best time to see this shower is from late evening until sunrise. If skies are free of interfering clouds or streetlights, go out starting near midnight. Face east and look up toward the top of the sky.

Take the Treasure Coast Transportation Survey

May 1, 2017

Transportation officials want your input on what it's like to get around on the Treasure Coast. Residents of Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River Counties are invited to take the survey.  Find out more by clicking HERE.  If you'd rather call or participate by mail you can call (888)201-5226.

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May 1, 2017

 

 

 

Divide the year up into four parts or quarters. Each quarter is marked by the beginning of a new season. The quarter days of Summer and Winter are known as solstices, when the noontime sun reaches its highest or lowest altitude in the sky; while during the equinoxes of Spring and Autumn, nights and days are of fairly equal length. Now divide those seasons in half and you get cross-quarter days, the midpoints of each season. May 1st marks the cross-quarter day for Spring, called Beltane in the old Celtic calendar.

Drew Mello talks with John Nelson, President of Audubon of Martin County and the host of Audubon Moment heard here on WQCS.

Audubon of Martin County will be offering a special Audubon Field Academy for teachers in July.

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Mars has become a lot harder to find lately. Ever since we passed the red planet almost a year ago, it’s been getting dimmer; our faster-moving earth increases the distance between the two, leaving Mars farther and farther behind. But you should be able to find it tonight, because the moon will appear alongside it this evening, acting like a kind of cosmic bookmark in the sky. Go outside after sunset and face toward the west. If skies are clear and nothing blocks your view, you should be able to find the moon, a slender crescent a little ways above the western horizon.

The earth revolves about the sun, which causes the sun to slowly drift through our sky from west to east. The sun has now entered the constellation Aries, the Ram. This means that because of the earth’s revolutionary motion, the sun is now directly between us and the stars which make up Aries. This obviously is a bad time to be looking for the constellation of the Ram, because the bright sun blocks our view of this part of space. If today’s your birthday, you may have been told that you’re a Taurus, meaning the sun was in Taurus when you were born.

Former President George W Bush Visits Vero Beach

Apr 26, 2017

Former President George W Bush signs copies of his book "Portraits of Courage; A Commander in Chief's Tribute To America's Warriors" at the Vero Beach Book Center.  

The moon is new today. Long ago, when folks talked about the new moon, they meant that very slender crescent that could be seen at sunset. When it was sighted, the month began, and a complete cycle of moon phases took about 29 and a half days - one month, or as they used to say, “one moonth.” But watching for this new moon was an imprecise way to mark time. People in different places might see it at different times. So astronomers redefined the new moon as being the time when it was most directly between the earth and the sun.

Lucia Zora was known as the bravest woman in the world during her days with the circus.  Her Ft. Pierce grave now has a marker.  You can find out more about Lucia Zora from Indian River Magazine by clicking HERE

On April 26, 1920, a debate took place concerning our Milky Way. Some astronomers thought we were at the center of our galaxy, for when you looked along the milky band of stars that defines the galactic disc, you saw roughly the same number of stars throughout. Other astronomers pointed to a concentration of star clusters in the direction of the constellation Sagittarius, and suggested that that was where the galaxy’s center lay.

Some parts of the sky have more bright stars than others. The stars are fairly randomly distributed, but it seems as though most of the really bright ones can be found in the winter evening sky. The evening skies of summer have some bright stars, too, but the fall sky and the spring sky are relatively empty of bright stars.

Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, died on April 21st, 1910. Twain was born in 1835, the same year that Halley’s Comet made an appearance in the heavens. In 1909 he wrote, “I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it.

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