Kathleen Fleming, host and producer of this week’s Earth and Beyond program touches on the equation of time, the new moon, a hybrid solar eclipse, the Islamic new year, Saturn and the Sun, the crescent moon and Venus, and Jupiter at the beginning of his retrograde loop, in this 11 minute audio.
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An All Hallows Eve edition: The activities of the moon, the question of whether or not you can see Venus this time of year from the Susitna Valley, the astronomical basis for Halloween, and how the celebration of this cross-quarter day is becoming more global. Kathleen Fleming, the researcher, writer, host, and producer, contributes StarDate Susitna to KTNA’s Earth and Beyond program.
In this Earth and Beyond program, Kathleen examines each entry in her Astronomy wall calendar, from the Orionid meteor shower to the discoveries of Giovani Cassini, and more:
Some of the highlights of one birder’s experience of the fall migration. Natural Observations is written, hosted and produced by Robin Song. Photos by Robin Song.
With the annual fall migration winding down, I’m experiencing my usual “bird withdrawals”. There have been a few amazing surprises, however. A recent walk with Lyra in the hay fields flushed a snipe from the green-gold grass. A couple of days after that, another walk in the south fields produced an even bigger surprise. (more…)
In this Earth and Beyond program, host and producer Robin Song tackles the question: ARE there snakes in Alaska?
Recently a sentence in an email from a professional birder challenged a long-held belief for this Alaskan. Jim Stevenson leads birding tour groups all over the Americas, and earlier this year he was in Alaska. He sends wonderful photos of the birds he encounters, and sometimes includes other wildlife. One photo features an adult Bald Eagle perched on the edge of a cliff above the holes of Rough-winged Swallow nests, and at the end of the paragraph describing how the presence of the eagle may keep predators away, was the following sentence: “There are snakes in Alaska, contrary to certain unnamed sources, but they reside well to the southeast, near the coastal Canadian border.” I stared at that sentence in disbelief. I decided to investigate. (more…)
This week’s Earth and Beyond program focuses on the autumnal equinox, with an explanation of why we have more than twelve hours of daylight at latitude 62. StarDate Susitna’s host and producer is Kathleen Fleming.
In this week’s Earth and Beyond program, Kathleen talks about observing the nearly 10-day old moon, a Globular Cluster in Hercules, the departure of the Voyager 1 spacecraft, and the glories of Fall when the sky is clear.
KTNA is celebrating 20 years of broadcasting to the Upper Susitna Valley with audio broadcast during the past two decades. This week’s audio pick is an Earth and Beyond segment, Farmer Al’s Back Forty, from the year 2000, titled Haymaking, Gambling, and the Meaning of Life.
Alan Kingsbury is (so far) still making hay, and he said the last couple years really illustrate the gamble involved. Though one would think last year’s weather was too wet, he baled lots of hay that season, whereas this season, which one might think was good for growing grass, yielded a poor crop.
Last year, he said he wound up with a lot of bales because he just stuck with it, and took advantage of every bit of weather that allowed him to work. This year, the grass got a late start because of the cold spring, and then the hot, dry midsummer caused the grass to go to seed even though it was only 4 to 6 inches high. The poor hay crop this year affected many farmers across the state. Will Farmer Al keep on haying? He won’t say!
The activities of La Luna, meteor showers past and present, the star patterns Perseus and Andromeda, (the galaxy that’s 2 million-plus light-years away), the multicultural nomenclature of the objects of the night sky and mythology…all this and more in this Earth and Beyond program. Kathleen Fleming is the writer, host, and producer.