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Comet ISON as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope in April. Photo: NASA
Comet ISON as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope in April. Photo: NASA

In the night sky: planets, stars, even a comet on the way

We're "gaining dark" as winter approaches. That's good news for astronomer Aileen O'Donoghue. There's just more and more time to get outside and see the stars and planets now in the night sky.

On the list of highlights in her conversation with Martha Foley today: Venus in the evening (with the waxing crescent moon tonight); winter constellations Orion, notably) rising; Jupiter, Leo and Mars in the morning; and a comet, ISON, on its way this month.

(Aileen teaches physics at St. Lawrence University and stops by the NCPR studios every month or so.)  Go to full article
The Alexander String Quartet during a live broadcast from the Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall at SLU this morning.  Photo: Joel Hurd

Live Music Friday: Alexander String Quartet at SLU

The Alexander String Quartet will present a free concert at noon in St. Lawrence University's Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall. The San Francisco-based quartet consists of Zakarias Grafilo, violin, Frederick Lifsitz, violin, Paul Yarbrough, viola, and Sandy Wilson, cello.

The ensemble spent this week visiting a number of classes at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music and St. Lawrence University, including First-Year Programs, arts, literature, and printmaking courses. And they joined us with their brand of classical music during The Eight O'clock Hour this morning.  Go to full article
Students gather on short notice to remember the Gunnison Memorial Chapel. Photo: Zach Hirsch

Students hold impromptu service at Gunnison

St. Lawrence University held a formal gathering last evening honoring Gunnison Chapel and its carillon- damaged in a fire early Sunday. There were speeches, and choral groups sang.

But Tuesday was too long to wait for some. The university's Outing Club organized an impromptu gathering Monday at 5, just when the bells would have begun their daily concert.

Students gathered near the chapel. In the background, a recorded version of the bells played from the burnt spire. In the foreground: cowbells.  Go to full article
Crescent moon in twilight. Photo: <a href="">Jeremy Stanley</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Clear skies, longer nights offer great star-gazing

The days are getting shorter, by about three minutes every 24 hours now, and that's welcome news for Aileen O'Donoghue. It means more time for looking at the night sky. ...  Go to full article
Susan Willson and The Gorilla. Photo: Zach Hirsch

Cat collar scholar: SLU biologist examines a new way to curb songbird mortality

Right now in the Canton-Potsdam area, there are about 50 people dressing their cats in technicolored, fluffy, Elizabethan collars. But they're not doing this because they...  Go to full article
Author Pico Iyer speaking at TEDGlobal 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo: <a href="">TED Conference</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Tonight in Canton: author Pico Iyer

Writer and world traveler Pico Iyer, author of The Man Within My Head, is the first featured guest in this year's St. Lawrence Uiversity Writers Series. He will...  Go to full article
Author Pico Iyer speaking at TEDGlobal 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo: <a href="">TED Conference</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Pico Iyer: The man who is becoming a voice inside my head

I had a chance to chat with author and world traveler Pico Iyer prior to his visit to the St. Lawrence University campus as the first speaker in this year's ...  Go to full article
A Perseid meteor exploding over Leuven, Belgium last night. Photo: <a href="">Tom Davidson</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Catch a glimpse of falling stars: the Perseid meteor shower

St. Lawrence University astronomer Aileen O'Donoghue turns our attention to the wonders of the night sky, including the peak week of the Perseid meteor shower.
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The St. Lawrence University cast of "Have You Filled Your Bucket Today?" at a performance in Canton in 2011. Photo: Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead

Fighting bullying with theatre and creativity

An anti-bullying organization will use a play written by a St. Lawrence University theater professor as part of its "peaceful schools" tour this spring.

SLU...  Go to full article
90 percent of the proceeds for this production go to Renewal House of St. Lawrence County, which works to end violence against women in the North Country. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Photo: <a href="">Steve Rhodes</a>, CC some rights reserved

Preview: Vagina Monologues at SLU

The Vagina Monologues, a celebrated play about female empowerment, will be performed at St. Lawrence University this weekend. The performances are Friday and Saturday...  Go to full article

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