You might have recently heard the term “super moon” thrown around. These moons seem to be in vogue with the media because of their size and brightness; but are the super moons really that special? NASA Ambassador Patrick Wiggins doesn’t think we should get our hopes up.
“Don’t expect them to look that much different than a regular full moon,” Wiggins cautions.
So what makes a super moon? Well, the moon orbits the earth in an elliptical fashion, meaning its orbit isn’t completely circular.
Undergraduate researchers from Utah State University will soon attach an experiment onto a balloon the size of a stadium. The experiment has been years in the making. USU was selected to take part in a new NASA initiative that aims to involve students in research that could make an impact on the scientific community.
Student Team Leader and System Engineer Landon Terry describes what the experiment looks like.
“Well, it’s about a foot and a half by a foot by about a foot tall and it looks like kind of a shoe box,” said Terry.
152 years ago congress passed the first law banning polygamous marriage. UPR reporter Taylor Halversen spoke with Dr. Kathryn Daines, a recently retired professor from Brigham Young University and Martha Bradley, Dean of the Honors College at the University of Utah and scholar of modern polygamy about the history of polygamy in the LDS church, the effect of this law had on LDS culture, and how we have come to the current state of polygamy prosecution in the United States.
A man accused of engaging in a fatal shooting spree in Texas this week has ties to Cache Valley. On Wednesday, 33-year-old former Logan resident Ronald Lee Haskell shot seven members of his ex-wife’s family.
Haskell reportedly dressed as a FedEx employee to gain entrance to the home. The 15-year old daughter of the family attempted to shut the door after telling Haskell her parents were not home. He broke in the door and held the five children at gunpoint until their parents arrived, after which he shot the five children and their parents.
Utah State University’s Biotechnology Summer Academy is currently underway. 31 teens from Utah, and the surrounding Western States are working side-by-side with USU scientists and engineers on a variety of research projects Tuesday to Thursday, July 8-10th.
This year’s Summer Academy exposes high school students to numerous career opportunities available in the Biotechnology field.
“It’s a program where students come to Utah State University, for a week. Students listen to talks about working in biotechnology,” said Aaron Thomas, director of the Academy.
A 14-year-old boy drowned Wednesday evening while swimming with family and friends at Hyrum State Park. The young teenager, identified as Tucker Smith of American Fork, Utah, was swimming in a cove on the south west side of the reservoir with his older brother and cousins. While swimming from the west bank to the east bank, he became fatigued and attempted to turn back.
Witnesses stated that he began to panic and was unable to reach the shoreline. Family members contacted the 911 Public Safety Dispatch center and reported the incident. First responders, as well as citizens already in the area on their boats, responded to the location of the incident in an attempt to rescue the teen. However, he went under the water at about 7:30 pm and did not resurface.
Utah will be taking the fight over gay marriage to the U.S. Supreme Court. The state attorney general’s office announced Wednesday it would be challenging a June 25 ruling from a federal appeals court. The statement said Attorney General Sean Reyes has a duty to defend state laws, and that Amendment 3 would be presumed constitutional unless the Supreme Court decides otherwise.
The Utah Prairie Dog was first listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1973. It remains listed as ‘threatened’ today, meaning residents of its native territory have had to come up with creative ways of keeping the rodent out of prime burrowing habitat.
“Prairie dogs are all over Iron County and there are many on the public golf course and many in the Cedar City cemetery,” said Rick Holman, city manager for Cedar City.
Cedar City fire fighters have again responded to the Stone Castle Recycling facility, where fire erupted overnight amid piles of recyclable debris.
Early Tuesday morning, Cedar City dispatch received a call about smoke billowing from the Stone Castle Recycling Center at 1342 West Industrial Road in Cedar City. Fire fighters arrived to find piles and piles of plastic and other recyclable materials smoldering on the floor of the large concrete and metal building.
Cedar City Fire Chief Paul Irons said it was a difficult, time-consuming process to completely extinguish the fire.
Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie is criticizing Cliven Bundy for allowing armed militia members to defend his property and intimidate federal agents into standing down in their efforts to remove the rancher’s cattle from BLM administered lands earlier this year.
Ironically, the authority of the Clark County sheriff was among the causes Bundy wished to defend when he used the media to rally supporters in April.