Bedford Gazette Weekend (Newspaper) - May 29, 2010, Bedford, Pennsylvania
2 - Saturday & Sunday, May 29 & 30, 2010 — Bedford Gazette Weekend, Bedford, Pa.
Winter stars 'swallowed up' by summer sun
By Dr. Bob Doyle Frostbm-g State Planetarium
June Evening Skies: The last winter evening stars have disappeared in the western dusk, the spring evening stars are past their peak and the summer evening stars are appearing in the East. This gradual change in the evening sky is due to our motion about the sun. Each month, the sun appears to move eastward about 30 degrees (1/12 of 360 degrees) across the zodiac, 'swallowing up' one or more of the zodiac star groups in its glare. The star groups of Taurus and Gemini are lost in the sun's glare in June. Well placed in June's western evening sky is Leo, the Lion. Use the brilliant planet Venus in the West as a guide to find Leo. Leo lies above and to the left of Venus. The lower part of the Lion resembles an old fashioned sickle (has handle from which e.xtends a long curved blade). At the end of the sickle's handle is Leo's brightest star, Regulus. In early June, the planet Mars can be found near Regulus, the two objects appearing about a iegree apart on Sunday evening, June 6th. The two objects are about equal in brightness but Mars shines with a yellowish steady light while Regulus t\vinkles with its white-blue tint. High in the Southwest is the bright golden star Arcturus, spring evening's brightest star. Below and to the left of Arcturus is the bright white-blue star Spica (of Virgo). To the right and above Spica is
the planet Saturn. These three points form a triangle in the Southwest with Saturn on the right tip. The Big Dipper is still high in the North with its handle up and scoop below. The leftmost stars of the scoop point down and rightward to the North Star, a modest star about half\vay up in the North. In the East shines the Summer Triangle, peaked by the bright white-blue star Vega. On moonless nights, the gentle glow of the Milky Way can be seen underneath Vega. The Milky Way is a dull glow caused by the light of many distant suns along the crust of our galaxy. Oiu- galaxy is shaped like a pie. Our solar system is positioned about half way from the center to the edge in the middle of the crust. On summer evenings, we can look towards the central region of our galaxy; the concentration of stars there makes the sky glow weakly from a dark site when the moon is absent from the evening sky. (From June 1-15, 2010, there is no bright moon-hght in the early evening sky.)
With the moon full on May 27th, the moon is rising after midnight on June 1st. On June 6th, a half full moon (like a backwards 'D') can be seen in the southern dawn or during the early daylight hours. On Sunday, June 9th, the crescent
moon appears above the bright planet Jupiter in the 5 a.m. southeastern dawn. On the morning of June 12th, the moon swings from the morning to the evening side of the sun; this event is cadled 'New Moon', as the moon then begins its cycle of phases or lighted shapes. By June 14th, the moon can be seen as a skinny crescent underneath the briUiant planet Venus in the western dusk. On the next evening, the moon >vill be seen to the left of Venus. On June 17th, the moon will appear underneath the planet Mars in the southwest evening sky. On the evening of June 18th, the moon wiU appear half full (like a tilted T)') and at its best for viewing the craters with binoculars or telescope. (The half fiill moon has a maximum of shadows and details along its straight or left edge where the sun there is rising.) On that same evening, the planet Saturn appears above the moon. The evening moon grows to fiill on the evening of June 25th, then shining in Sagittarius. This is the lowest fuU moon of the year, the moon cresting about l/3rd of the way up in the sky around 1 a.m. the next morning. Because of the moon's altitude, it is shining through more air and often appears yellowish or full of honey. This may explain the term 'Honeymoon' as many weddings are in Jvme.
By June's end, the moon is rising late in the evening.
There are five planets that can be easily seen by eye (if one
knows where and when to look) during the course of a year. While all five of these planets appear as points of light, the planets shine more steadily than the twinkling stars (the brightest stars flicker the most). In June, Jupiter is the main morning planet, easily seen in the southeastern 4:30 a.m. dawn. In early June, the innermost planet Mercury may be seen very low in the eastern 5: 20 a.m dawn. As for the evening planets, the brilliant planet Venus is stunning in the Western early evening sky, as her setting time stays about 11:10 p.m. throughout June. Venus outshines all the other planets put together owing to her highly reflective clouds and closeness to both the Earth and the sun. The yellowish planet Mars is near the front of Leo in the western evening sky in June. The planet Saturn appears on the right side of Virgo., lying to the left and above Mars.
In early June, Bedford sunrises are about 5:47 a.m. with sunsets about 8:36 p.m. (14.8 daylight hours). By the end of June, Bedford sunrises are about 5:49 a.m. with sunsets about 8:47 p.m. (nearly 15 daylight hours).
The public programs at the Frostburg State Planetarium have concluded for the spring. The next programs will resume on Sept. 12 with a program on Calendars, both ancient and modern.
Gordon named superintendent of Blue Knob golf course
Blue Knob All Seasons Resort has named Paul V. Gordon as new golf course superintendent.
Gordon will handle all facets of preparing and maintaining the nine-hole mountain course at the resort. He has a background in course maintenance and renovation which includes work at some of the finest golf courses in the country.
"I learned attention to detail at Augusta National Golf Club (PGA Masters Tournament) and ' implemented ' what I' learned when I v/as at the Annandale Golf Club (Jackson, Miss.), home of the John Deere
Classic" said Grordon.
Blue Knob General Manager Doug Houck says Gordon was "a perfect fit" to handle continuing renovations and improvements to the Blue
"He'll be overseeing some major changes in the second of our three-year plan refining the course" said Houckl
Gordon will concentrate, on bunker renovations, weed
eradication, refinement of irrigation and improving cart paths.
Gordon is a 1993 graduate of Penn State's Turfgrass Management Program. His experience also includes work at
Waterford Landing Golf Course in Savannah, Ga.; Camellia Golf Club in Greenville, Ala.; Bowden Country Club in Macon, Ga.; and West Pines Golf Club in Douglasville, Ga.
Eager for summer
Cheech, at left, would love ' to have his own yard to play " in. He's a 3-year-old Chi--huahua.
Also spending some time in the green grass at the Bedford County Animal Shelter are Bryant, above, and Brody, left. Both are 6-month-old male hound mixes.
Another hound is Wyatt, right, who is a shy 1-year-old blue tick.
Motorcyle ride benefits cancer patient
A motorcycle ride in memory of the late Joel Fisher of Bedford will be held today.
Fisher, 53, succumbed to cancer in April 2009 and friends* have coordinated a benefit ride in his honor to raise money for 26-year-old Candise Shipley of Bard who is currently battling the disease., -The ride will begin at 10. a.in. firom Best Way^Pizzan along Route 30 west and-'tiÌKrel irito Maryland ahd-West''Vif--' ginia. Helmets are requir.edi s..> v if • - ' -rr i ^^ o^vi
For more information, call Kim Miller at 285-7094.
Sassy, a female tor-toiseshell, 2 years old, and Fancy, at right, a gray and white female 1 year old, prefer the great indoore. If you are looking for someone to mow that grass, Msges-tic is a small female black rabbit.
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