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.

The moon is in its waxing gibbous phase. That’s when it looks egg-shaped; but give it a few more days and it will be all the way round and full. Tonight it’s entered the constellation of Leo the Lion, and you should find it very near the lion’s heart, a star called Regulus, a little bit off to the left of the moon. Farther to the left is a very bright star, which is not really a star at all, but the planet Jupiter. Tomorrow night, because of its orbital motion, the moon will be even closer to Jupiter.

Since the Hallstrom Planetarium began presenting shows at Indian River State College back in 1993, we have served three distinct groups: college students, who take classes and practical labs in astronomy, celestial navigation, and observations on the basic structure and contents of the Universe; school children, from Kindergarten through 12th grade, come on free field trips and discover the wonders of outer space, viewing exciting programs that are tied in with public, private and home-school curriculums.

Enjoy the musical talents of area youth as WQCS, 88.9 FM presents its annual one-hour special, Young Musicians Spotlight. Young Musicians Spotlight is underwritten by Shann's Tax Service, Inc. in Port St. Lucie. 


Young Musicians Spotlight is sponsored by Shann’s Tax Service in Port St. Lucie.

Today, May 11th, marks the 100th anniversary of the announcement of Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. This supplemented his earlier work on "special relativity", which stated that electromagnetic energy, or light, travels at the same speed, whether you are moving toward the source of the light, or away from it. It also provided that famous formula, E = mc squared, the key to nuclear power.

Of the eighty-eight official constellations in the sky, can you identify the twenty-sixth largest one? It is bordered on the north by Auriga the Charioteer and the Gemini Twins, on the south by Eridanus the River, Lepus the Hare and Monceros the Unicorn, on the west by Eridanus and Taurus again, and on the east by Gemini and Monoceros once more. Within its borders are such deep sky objects as the Horsehead nebula, plus a bright star cloud that can be seen with the unaided eye and which bears the name of this constellation.

End of a streak

May 9, 2016

This is Paul Janensch with a Treasure Coast Essay about the Vero Beach High School girls lacrosse team.  The Indians’ stretch of consecutive state championships – 10 through 2015 – came to an end when they lost this year’s title game, 8-7, to Bartram Trail of St. Johns at Jupiter High School.  Bartram Trail dominated, but Vero Beach wouldn’t give up and forced the game into sudden-death overtime.  To come back was classy and impressive, said Vero Beach coach Shannon Dean.  Indeed it was – but not enough.

We’ve got pretty much an all-day event going on here at the Hallstrom Planetarium on the main Fort Pierce campus of Indian River State College. Starting at 7 o’clock this morning, we’ll have telescopes and solar filters set out for viewing the transit of Mercury. For about seven hours, the planet Mercury will be directly between us and the sun, and with a properly filtered telescope, you can see it as a small, black round dot against it. The transit will end a little before 3 o’clock in the afternoon.

Drew Mello talks with Mary Fields, executive director of the Volunteers in Medicine clinic in Stuart.

The clinic’s mission is to serve the health and wellness needs of the medically underserved population of Martin County.

The 15th Annual Robert F. Novins Memorial Golf Tournament & Reception will take place on May 20 and 21 with proceeds benefiting the VIM Clinic.

For more information on Volunteers in Medicine click here:

The moon is new today, between us and the sun, and therefore it can’t be seen. The moon is also at its closest distance to us this month - what’s called perigee - a mere 222,000, miles, approximately. That’s less than the average distance of roughly 238,000 miles, and way less than the far-out apogee distance of about 252,000 miles. When the moon is full or new as it is now, we have very high high tides and very low low tides. That’s because when the moon, the Earth and the sun line up, the tidal pull on the Earth and its oceans is intensified.