An active year in the astronomy world has yielded plenty of eye-popping images and conversation pieces, so the folks at New Mexicans for Science and Reason are having an "Astronomy Show 'n' Tell." At 7 p.m. today at the Museum of Natural History and Science (1801 Mountain NW), hear from speakers Dave Thomas, John Geohegan and Rocky Stone as they share pictures, insight and little-known facts about the 2012 annular eclipse and the Transit of Venus. Even you can have the floor with a story or photograph pertaining to recent cosmic happenings. All NMSR meetings are free and open to the public. For more, visit nmsr.org or call 268-3772.
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The Daily Word in armed service, election fallout and the miracle of flight
On this day in 1944, D-Day, Allied forces invaded the shores of Normandy, France.
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Afghan civilians suffer throughout latest wave of deadly violence.
Primary election results are in: Martin Heinrich and Heather Wilson will face off in November’s U.S. Senate race, Michelle Lujan-Grisham rose to top Eric Griego and Martin Chavez in CD1, Kari Brandenburg defeated her Democratic rival, Michael Wiener got trounced and Karen Montoya was the Dems’ choice for PRC district 1.
Thus, the general election season is on; brace yourself.
Spectacular ultra-high-def views of yesterday’s rare transit (Warning: cheesy music).
The Army plans to review nearly 200,000 medical files to examine whether soldiers’ mental health diagnoses were downgraded to cut costs in pension payments.
A group of Muslims in New Jersey filed federal suit against NYPD, alleging unconstitutional surveillance.
Kim Jong Un makes kids cry.
Grief affects us all differently; this artist coped with the sudden loss of his cat by turning its remains into a remote-controlled helicopter.
The transit of Venus today!
A rare crossing of Venus between the Earth and our sun begins in about an hour. The New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra is having a watch party out at Balloon Fiesta Park beginning at 4 p.m.—there will be a performance of Holst’s “The Planets” suite and other spacy compositions. Read Clifford Grindstaff’s article about it here.
The New Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra performs The Planets while Venus transits
Classical music has nearly been relegated to soundtrack status; it’s often playing while something else is happening. Few of us spend quality headphone time with Bartok. Amazing classical music in movies or TV gets used as a backdrop or part of the staging, thereby chaining it to pop culture. Most people can't hear Liszt's “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2” without thinking of Tom and Jerry. Other times a movie is lifted by the music beyond its small budget and toward the heavens, as Star Wars was elevated by John Williams’ soundtrack.