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Inner Workings Of Sun; Explosive Universe At Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium This Weekend

on November 6, 2017 - 11:02am

Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Dr. Joyce Guzik will reveal the inner workings of the Sun at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10. Then, the full-dome film Exploding Universe will play in the planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 11-12. 

These planetarium programs are at the Los Alamos Nature Center and are made possible thanks to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

During the Friday show, Guzik will explain how we know what is going on inside the Sun even though we cannot ‘see’ beyond its surface. She will discuss why the Sun shines and the possible fate of the Sun and Earth, and

LANL: First-Ever U.S. Experiments At New X-Ray Facility May Lead To Better Explosive Modeling

on November 6, 2017 - 10:24am

Courtesy image/acs.org

LANL News:

The detonation of carbon-rich high explosives yields solid carbon as a major constituent of the product mixture, and depending on the thermodynamic conditions behind the shock front, a variety of carbon allotropes and morphologies may form and evolve.

For the first time in the U.S., time-resolved small-angle x-ray scattering (TRSAXS) is used to observe ultra-fast carbon clustering and graphite and nanodiamond production in the insensitive explosive Plastic Bonded Explosive (PBX) 9502, potentially leading to better computer models of explosive performance.

BLM Resource Advisory Council To Meet In Farmington

on November 6, 2017 - 8:02am
BLM News:
 
FARMINGTON  Dec. 5-6, the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Farmington District Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will convene for a day long meeting in Farmington at the Farmington District Office at 6251 College Blvd, Ste. A, followed by a field trip the following morning.
 
Both the meeting and the field trip are open to the public.
 
Dec. 5, the RAC meeting is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m at the Farmington District Office.

Daily Postcard: Stag At Sunset Near Bandelier

on November 6, 2017 - 6:15am

Daily Postcard: A stag is spotted at sunset Sunday on N.M. 4 near Bandelier. Photo by Nickolas Seet

Animal Protection Of New Mexico: Federal Court Ruling Allows Challenge To Cougar Trapping To Proceed

on November 5, 2017 - 6:18am

Cougar with cub. Courtesy/kimcampion.com

 

APNM News:

 

ALBUQUERQUE — A federal judge has rejected New Mexico’s second request to dismiss a lawsuit that asserts the state Department of Game and Fish’s 2016 decision to open a cougar trapping season on public lands—for the first time in almost 50 years—violates the Endangered Species Act.

 

The ruling came just one day after the start of the 2017-2018 cougar trapping season.

 

Judge William P.

Bandelier Reminds Hikers: Beware Of Burned Trees!

on November 5, 2017 - 5:51am

Dead, falling and fallen trees in an area severely burned by the Las Conchas Fire of 2011. Courtesy/NPS

BANDELIER News:

One day in October, a hiker in Bandelier National Monument's backcountry stopped along Frijoles Creek to have lunch and cool her feet in the water. She took off her backpack and put it just behind her on the creek bank. A breeze came up, and she heard a sharp CRAACCK right overhead.

Daily Postcard: Night Sky At Burnt Mesa Trailhead

on November 5, 2017 - 5:41am

Daily Postcard: The night sky spotted recently from Burnt Mesa Trailhead. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Bird Walk In Lower Water Canyon With Joe Fitzgibbon

on November 4, 2017 - 7:58am
Black-throated gray warbler. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan
 
PEEC News:
 
One of the best ways to begin bird watching is by looking for the birds you see and hear every day. At 7 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, join longtime Los Alamos resident and bird watcher Joe Fitzgibbon for hike in Lower Water Canyon.
 
This is the perfect opportunity for adults and children who can hike up to five miles to get outside and admire local species of birds. Sightings may include the Black-throated gray warbler and Hepatic tanager. This program is organized by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
 

Nature Center Talk: The Lesser Prairie-Chicken

on November 4, 2017 - 7:45am
Andy Lawrence releasing a Lesser prairie-chicken. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
What can an often-overlooked bird reveal about grassland health? At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, ecologist Andy Lawrence will discuss the life history, ecological relationships, and conservation efforts of Lesser prairie-chickens, important indicators of grassland habitat.
 
This special presentation at the Los Alamos Nature Center is free thanks to support from Wild Birds Unlimited.
 
New Mexico State University PhD candidate, Andy Lawrence, will discuss the life history, ecological relationships, and

Sierra Club; PEEC: Pueblo Canyon Geology Walk

on November 3, 2017 - 10:27am

 

Pueblo Canyon. Photo by Jamie O’Rourke

PEEC News:

Geologist Elaine Jacobs will lead hikers 12:30-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 along the south rim of Pueblo Canyon. This free outing is made possible thanks to the Sierra Club and Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

This afternoon guided walk will start at East Park, follow the paved trail along the canyon rim, and continue along the unpaved portion of trail to the Los Alamos Airport Terminal. Along the way, the group will explore volcanism and landscape evolution in the Jemez Volcanic Field.

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