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Stargazer July 29 - August 4, 2021

The latest guidance for Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Virgo and Pisces

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Stargazer July 15 - 21, 2021

The latest guidance for Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Virgo and Pisces

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EDITORIAL > Looking south, through the valley, faint wisps of smoke mark the location of the Rincon Fire, which has burned more than 150 acres of the Pecos Wilderness. Turning west, you are met with more smoke, this time from the Poso Fire. Up in the high mountains, near Angel Fire, morning fog has been replaced with all-day smoke.

From a distance, the plumes are intimidating. Up close, they are so much more. Walls of flame that move faster than you can run. Giant, century-old trees, now black, toppling to the ground like boulders. The roar of a forest on fire and the acrid smell of smoke. THIS is the reality for those who battle these blazes everyday...

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For the first time, the boundary of the heliosphere has been mapped, giving scientists a better understanding of how solar and interstellar winds interact.

"Physics models have theorized this boundary for years," said Dan Reisenfeld, a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory and lead author on the paper, which was published in the Astrophysical Journal. "But this is the first time we've actually been able to measure it and make a three-dimensional map of it."

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The New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Environment Department issued a smoke alert Monday (June 7) in response to residual smoke from ongoing wildfires in Arizona.

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Recently I purchased new light filters for the imaging system at Mount Sangre Observatory. One of them, a Luminance Filter, allows the camera to detect light the way our eyes do. When combined with the standard Red, Green, and Blue (RGB) filters, it produces more fine detail and brightness.

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Arc to Arcturus, the red giant in the constellation Boötes. Spike to Spica, a binary star in the constellation Virgo. When the Girl Scout Camp Elliott Barker in Angel Fire welcomes campers in July, young stargazers will use these orientation tricks to find their way around the heavens.

Astronomer Gary Zientara has operated the camp’s observatory for the last five years, and teaches an astronomy class that uses experiential learning to bring the universe within reach.

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Stargazer April 29 - May 5, 2021

The latest guidance for Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Virgo and Pisces

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Stargazer April 8 - 14, 2021

The latest guidance for Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Virgo and Pisces

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Louis Stern Fine Arts in Los Angeles is currently showing Taos resident, Ron Cooper: In a New Light. Cooper's early Light Trap works are on display alongside his newest explorations - his Corona Bar series, created, as their titles suggest, in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic. This exhibition surveys the artist's inventive use of unconventional materials throughout his career, deployed in novel ways that defy expectation, to investigate the interplay of light, surface and perspective.