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KTNA On Air Studio, Jan 2013

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Winter Black-capped Chickadee

winter chickadee

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Fish Lake morning

Fish Lake morning

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Posts from the 'Earth & Beyond' category

Natural Observations 011914 Winter Grub Run

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Occasionally I hear a KTNA DJ mention that someone “on the other side of the world” could be streaming KTNA over the Internet”.  Recently I thought about that. What if someone was listening from some tropical location-someone that would never visit Alaska? Someone who only knew Alaska from the tourist videos, or the movies-which tend to get their “facts” atrociously incorrect. What if a listener was curious about the “mundane” side of Alaskan life?


StarDate Susitna 01-05-2014

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

In the first-of-2014 edition of StarDate Susitna, Kathleen hopes for clear skies this week to see stars, planets and the Aurora expected due to some strong activity on the Sun.  She also gives us a heads-up for astro-events in the coming year.  Have pen and paper handy!


Correction: 7 of the months have 31 days, of course, not 21.


Natural Observations- The Details of Winter 12-29-13

Monday, December 30, 2013
KTNA volunteer Robin Song presents Natural Observations


As the final minutes of the Winter Solstice approached, I prepared by lighting a candle. I counted down the last ten seconds, then shouted “Happy Solstice!” to my two dogs, Lyra and Darby. The dogs, responding to the excitement in my voice, danced around, tails wagging. It was exactly eleven minutes past eight am on Saturday, December twenty-first.
Sunrise was still about three hours away, so I became the “semi-hibernating bear” I am in wintertime and went back to bed. The dogs, of course, followed suit.



My morning schedule revolves around the wild birds. (more…)

StarDate Susitna 12-22-13

Monday, December 23, 2013

In this long-nights edition of StarDate Susitna.  Listeners hear about the 4 planets now visible, plus one comet, the Northern Cross, and more. The equation of time and possible explanations for the Star of Bethlehem.


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Check this website for Comet Lovejoy finder charts:


StarDate Susitna 12-15-13

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Kathleen Flemming present StarDate Susitna
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StarDate Susitna 12-08-2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

In this edition of StarDate Susitna, producer Kathleen Fleming talks primarily about the fading of Comet ISON, Comet Lovejoy now visible through binoculars, and the dependable Geminid Meteor Shower which should peak the night of Friday the 13th.

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Natural Observations–Winter Arrives

Monday, December 2, 2013


Earth and Beyond host and producer Robin Song tells about the sudden coming of winter, a couple of birdy surprises, and daily winter life at the ranch.


Winter arrived on November ninth with a big ol’ snowstorm. Snow began falling in the morning and continued on throughout the day and into the night. By the next morning fifteen inches had fallen on the ranch. (more…)

StarDate Susitna 11-24-13

Monday, November 25, 2013

Occultation of a bright star.
In this image, from the Wikipedia page “occultation”, the crescent moon has just moved off of Aldebaran, brightest star in Taurus. Weather permitting, observers in Alaska could see a similar sight at the end of the occultation of Spica, brightest star in Virgo, Friday morning a little after 8 AM. Details in this week’s StarDate Susitna.



Kathleen Fleming, the host, researcher and producer of this Earth and Beyond program tells listeners what you can see on a clear, starry night this week, and continues the discussion about calendars of the world.

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StarDate Susitna 11-17-2013

Monday, November 18, 2013

Host and producer Kathleen Fleming does some research into different types of calendars and how the dates of holidays are determined.  That, plus what’s up in the night sky, as usual, in this Earth and Beyond program.

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