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For Heaven’s Sake - What Planet Dominates the Night Sky?  Jupiter May!

Mon, 01 May 2017

By Tim Bratton, Ph.D., (Retired Historian and Amateur Astronomer), Special to The Collegian  May 2 (Tues.): First Quarter Moon occurs at 9:47 p.m. CDT, when it will be 49.6 degrees above the SW horizon, 90 degrees east of the Sun, 32 minutes of arc in apparent diameter, and 234,885 miles away.  It will be then 4.15 degrees to the lower right of blue-white Regulus (Alpha...

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For Heaven’s Sake - April Flowers Bring a Comet and a Meteor Shower

Sat, 01 Apr 2017

By Tim Bratton, Ph.D., (Retired Historian and Amateur Astronomer), Special to The Collegian April 1 (Sat.): Tonight Mercury (magnitude –0.2), the innermost and smallest of the solar system’s major planets, will be making its best appearance as an “evening star” this year, since it will have moved a maximum of 19 degrees east of the Sun.  When civil twilight end...

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For Heaven's Sake: “I’m Being Followed by a Moon Shadow”

Wed, 01 Feb 2017

By Tim Bratton, Ph.D., Retired Historian and Amateur Astronomer Special to The Collegian   Feb. 6 (Mon.): The Moon reaches perigee (its closest distance to the Earth this month) at 8:02 a.m. CST, when it will be 229,172 miles away, 77% sunlit, and 24.38 degrees beneath our northern horizon. Feb. 10 (Fri.): Tonight the Moon will pass almost completely within the Earth&rsq...

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Music Notes: What A Special Place

Wed, 01 Feb 2017

By Dr. Laura Lynch, PH.D. Director of Bands I am going to depart from the world of music for an issue and talk about something I share with you. I also went to a private, liberal arts institution in the midwest. It doesn’t matter which one, but for me, as I think it was for many of you, as soon as I was on the campus I knew it was where I was meant to be. Now, I often look back and think,...

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For Heaven’s Sake: Close Encounters of the Lunar and Planetary Kinds

Fri, 13 Jan 2017

By Timothy Bratton, Ph.D., Retired Historian and Amateur Astronomer Special to The Collegian   Jan. 14 (Sat.): At 11 p.m. the waning gibbous Moon (which turned full 2½ days before) will be 26.6 degrees above the E-ESE skyline, 90.81% sunlit, .5247 of a degree in apparent diameter, and 234,075 miles away.  The blue-white star just 1¾ degrees above it is Re...

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For Heaven's Sake: In Tonight’s Sky: Usher in the New Year with a Planetary Conjunction!

Fri, 02 Dec 2016

By Tim Bratton, Ph.D., Retired Historian and Amateur Astronomer Special to The Collegian   Dec. 7 (Weds.): First Quarter Moon occurs at 3:03 a.m. CST, when it will be almost 30 degrees below our WNW horizon, 31½ minutes of arc in apparent diameter, and 235,570 miles away. Dec. 12 (Mon.): The Moon will attain perigee (its closest distance to the Earth this month) a...

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Katie’s Corner: Chocolate Crackle

Fri, 02 Dec 2016

Chocolate Crackle The wonderful season of winter is finally upon us and I cannot wait for the snow, although perhaps not the cold, unfortunately, we live in a ridiculously cold state.  Most of all I look forward to all of the traditions that come with it. Already there is a Christmas tree in my dorm, fully decorated with all of the cheap ornaments, below its boughs there are gifts hapha...

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Singing Music History: Christmas Carols

Thu, 01 Dec 2016

By Dr. Laura Lynch, PH.D. Director of Bands It’s the time of year when we shake the dust off our Christmas decorations and finally get to listen to our Christmas playlists without guilt! My playlists are a mix of jazz adaptations, Celtic carols, and countless versions of well-known sacred and secular songs. I will listen to Ella Fitzgerald singing Christmas carols and switch immediatel...

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For Heaven's Sake - In Tonight’s Sky: November Nocturnal Notes

Tue, 01 Nov 2016

By Tim Bratton, Ph.D., (Retired Historian and Amateur Astronomer) Special to The Collegian Nov. 2 (Weds.): At 7 p.m. Central Daylight Time (almost 45 minutes after sunset), the crescent Moon will be 11.4 degrees above the SW horizon, 9.48% sunlit, .494 minutes of arc (just under a half-degree) in apparent diameter, and 251,600⅔ miles away.  The yellow “star” 3.2...

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Big Hair and Colorful Clothes

Sun, 02 Oct 2016

by Jamie There’s just something kind of fun about watching a period piece. Is it the costumes? The soundtrack? The overall nostalgic feel to it? Whatever it is, Netflix has nailed it with two of its most recent original series, “The Get Down,” and “Stranger Things,” which take place in the 70s and 80s, a time period where the hair was big and the clothes were color...

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