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  • By Alex H. Kasprak

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration

    Like Earth, the sun has an atmosphere with layers in it. The outermost layer is called the corona and it’s awild mess of activity. Scientists have long known about the corona. It is home to some spectacular shows—giant eruptions called Coronal Mass Ejections, loops, prominences and massive magnetic storms.

  • Sumter County Veterans Services announces the latest group of bricks has been installed in the Veterans’ Memorial park located on the west side of the Historic Courthouse in Bushnell. This park serves as a tribute to the men and women who courageously served our Country.

  • By Diane K. Fisher

    NASA Space Place

     

    How do astronauts on the International Space Station celebrate their birthdays? They could have a cake, if it were “glued” to the plate with frosting and the plate stuck to the table so it wouldn’t float off. But what about birthday candles? Would a candle even burn in space? Would it look any different from a candle flame on Earth?

  • The Science of Space Art

    By Diane K. Fisher

     

    You may have seen colorful, eye-popping space images in books or on NASA websites. There are beautiful spiral galaxies that shine in pinks and blues; glowing green and yellow clouds with great white-tipped columns; or the radiant leftovers of exploded stars that may look like an eye or a spider.

     

  • The Science of Space Art

    By Diane K. Fisher

     

    You may have seen colorful, eye-popping space images in books or on NASA websites. There are beautiful spiral galaxies that shine in pinks and blues; glowing green and yellow clouds with great white-tipped columns; or the radiant leftovers of exploded stars that may look like an eye or a spider.

     

  • When Earth and the moon were very young, they were much closer together. The moon was so close, it took up a huge part of Earth’s sky. When it hung overhead in the daytime, it cast such a shadow on the surface of Earth that in many places it would have been almost like night.

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    Abundant life is just beyond your porch

     

    Fall weather is settling in, and many animals have begun or will soon start foraging for winter. But it is still quite warm in the Sunshine State, and wildlife is frisky and abundant, especially in your backyard.

    Take a walk outside. Look in bushes, shrubs, grass, on flowers, in and under potted plants and on the walls of your house. And, don’t forget to look up. Birds are perched in trees and soaring in the sky.

    How many critters can you find?

  • Linda Graves

  • By Linda Graves

  • After returning from a trip out of town, I sat down to read the Sumter County Times and get caught up on the two weeks of news I missed. I was surprised and saddened to read of the passing of Ms. Jemison, a friend who shared her love of animals with me,
    I met Mrs. Jemison through my Critter Chatter column. She was an avid reader of the column, and would call me or stop by my place of business to chat about many animal issues that concerned her.

  • By Linda Graves

  • By Linda Graves

  • Dry-docked, a large saltwater craft sits in the front yard of Richmond Kennedy’s Lake Panasoffkee home, lending a hint to his interests.
    Inside the house, a wall lined with bookcases is filled with trophies and a collection of aging black and white photographs that give a visual history of his career in speed boat racing.
    Former owner of two companies, Kennedy Craft, Inc. and Panacraft, Inc., Kennedy is a winning boat designer and speed racer. Now 80, he’s still fishing, still quick with a joke and unassuming about what he’s achieved.

  • By Linda Graves

  • Our armed forces use trained dogs in every branch of the service.
    Just ask any soldier who has worked along side these highly trained dogs, and they will attest to their bravery and dedication.
    Military working dogs perform a vital service by preventing multitudes of injuries and saving countless lives.

  • Our Crazy Quilt of Planets

    If all trees were blue, and every tree you had ever seen was blue, would you ask “Why are trees blue?” Maybe not. But if suddenly one day you saw a green tree, wouldn’t you ask “Why is this tree green, when all the others are blue?”

    That’s what happens when you discover new things. It makes you curious. It makes you want to know why one thing is this way, and another thing is that way.

  • By Linda Graves

  • By Linda Graves

  • By Linda Graves

  • By Linda Graves