Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Lunar eclipse to occur Wednesday night - Yahoo! News: "LOS ANGELES - The last total lunar eclipse until 2010 occurs Wednesday night, with cameo appearances by Saturn and the bright star Regulus on either side of the veiled full moon."
Lunar eclipse to occur Wednesday night - Yahoo! News: "Skywatchers viewing through a telescope will have the added treat of seeing Saturn's handsome rings.
Weather permitting, the total eclipse can be seen from North and South America. People in Europe and Africa will be able to see it high in the sky before dawn on Thursday.
As the moonlight dims — it won't go totally dark — Saturn and Regulus will pop out and sandwich the moon. Regulus is the brightest star in the constellation Leo."
Lunar eclipse to occur Wednesday night - Yahoo! News: "Jack Horkheimer, host of the PBS show 'Star Gazer,' called the event 'the moon, the lord of the rings and heart of the lion eclipse.'
Wednesday's event will be the last total lunar eclipse until Dec. 20, 2010. Last year there were two.
The weather could be a spoiler for many in the United States. Cloudy skies are expected for most of the Western states with a chance of snow from the heartland to the East Coast, said Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service.
'It looks like it's going to be a hard one to spot,' Seto said.
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the full moon passes into Earth's shadow and is blocked from the sun's rays that normally illuminate it. During an eclipse, the sun, Earth and moon line up, leaving a darkened moon visible to observers on the night side of the planet.
The moon doesn't go black because indirect sunlight still reaches it after passing through the Earth's atmosphere. Since the atmosphere filters out blue light, the indirect light that reaches the moon transforms it into a reddish or orange tinge, depending on how much dust and cloud cover are in the atmosphere at the time.
Wednesday's total eclipse phase will last nearly an hour. Earth's shadow is expected to blot out the moon beginning around 7 p.m. on the West Coast and 10 p.m. on the East Coast. West Coast skygazers will miss the start of the eclipse because it occurs before the moon rises.
Unlike solar eclipses which require protective eyewear, lunar eclipses are safe to view with the naked eye.
Later this year, in August, there will be a total solar eclipse and a partial lunar eclipse."
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Deseret Morning News Mandatory flag, Constitution displays in classroom passes Senate: "Allen Christensen, R-North Ogden, who sponsored the measure, said he hopes the community will get involved in providing flags for classrooms that don't currently have them as well. He said he would be surprised if veterans don't step in to help.
However he said copies of the Constitution would be made available by a supplier out of Layton for schools for 50 cents each .
The measure would also require State Board of Education and local school boards shall periodically review school curricula and activities to ensure that effective instruction in American history and government is taking place in the public schools.
'It's a benign bill and if it reminds us that we need to continue this work then that will be one of the best things that will come from this bill — but just because (the Constitution) is there doesn't ensure students know what it means.'"
Deseret Morning News Mandatory flag, Constitution displays in classroom passes Senate: "Utah public classrooms could be required to display an American flag and a copy of the Constitution under a measure that passed the Senate Tuesday that is aimed at making sure students have a proper understanding of American history and government.
But school leaders say that although they are not against the measure, it takes more than a display to ensure kids are properly educated.
SB190 requires public school classrooms in grades 4 through 12 to display the United States flag and a copy of the United States Constitution .
Currently state law requires elementary students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance daily, though parents can excuse children from the exercise. Secondary schools are encouraged to do so weekly.
'The (bill) is both well-intentioned and problematic — the problematic part comes when we think that there are simple answers to the complex challenge of education students about the constitution,' said Robert Austin, social studies specialist for the State Office of Education. 'It's not as simple as just putting it on the wall ... and I do think that any bill like this will need to be coupled with support for teachers in terms of helping students understand the constitution.'"
Monday, February 18, 2008
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