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Hello/goodbye to bright comet!

JAN. 11 UPDATE: See a photo of Comet McNaught shot from Northeast Ohio last night (Jan. 10) by a friend of mine. Visit the Web home of the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association.


UPDATE: Well, I saw it! Briefly. I went to the roof of the library during my dinner hour taking along my camera and tripod. It was a beautiful sunset with orange and red colors illuminating jet contrails in the western sky. As the twilight dimmed and Venus sparkled to the southwest, I spotted Comet McNaught glowing a ghostly white between the orange jet trails. It was bright, even at about 5:30 when I first sighted it. Still, as the night fell so did the comet. Already low in the sky, McNaught sank behind the trees far to the west of the building before it really became photogenic, only visible to me for 10 minutes or so. Still, I saw it with and without the telephoto lens: my first comet of the year! So, with freezing metal tripod in hand, I headed back into the building and back to work. I hope you got to see this comet or will see it yet! Read original post, below....

Looking for something?

Did you know there are two search boxes on our Web pages? The two forms look for information in two separate places!

Titled "Search Catalog," the first search form is the place where users can enter a title, subject, author's name, or key words. By clicking the "Search Now" button they can conveniently search the library's catalog of materials for items of interest.

The second search box, titled "Search this site," does just that ... it can be used to search our main Web site for information about the library, its services, policies, things that aren't in our catalog.

Saturn viewing canceled

UPDATE: Sorry to say we're dealing with Northeastern Ohio weather again. The sky is 100% overcast making stargazing impossible so we're calling it off! The event will not be rescheduled.


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Original post....

We plan to bring telescopes back to the library's sidewalk the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 28, in hopes of seeing the beautiful ringed world Saturn. We'll start at about 7:30 PM. This program was postponed from Feb. 21 due to poor seeing conditions. Note: The rescheduled program also depends upon the sky being clear! Cloudy skies cancel and the forecast is for poor to bad seeing. Watch this space for updates!

Joe Barbera

Joe Barbera, one half of the Hanna-Barbera animation team died on Monday, December 18, 2006. He was 95 years old. Hanna-Barbera was famous for such well-loved cartoon characters as Tom and Jerry, Yogi Bear, the Flintstones, the Jetsons, Scooby-Doo and Huckleberry Hound. Bill Hanna, who died in 2001, once said that Barbera could "capture mood and expression in a quick sketch better than anyone I've ever known." Their first success was with the battling cat and mouse cartoon Tom and Jerry which won seven Academy Awards.

DVD News

There is a new way to check out DVDs at the library! The Friends of the Library have donated the funds for our new Intelligent Media Manager (IMM). It's the large black machine located across from the Circulation Desk. The IMM stores, dispenses, and checks out DVDs. If you find a DVD cover on our shelves without a clear plastic security case and with no DVD inside, it's in the IMM. What next? Take the cover and your library card to the IMM.

Book Discussion Group Date Change

The 4th Wednesday afternoon book discussion group is changing its December meeting date. We will be meeting on Wednesday December 20th at 2:00pm, instead of December 27th due to the holidays. Our book for discussion will be Redbird Christmas by Fannie Flagg.

Clouds, telescopes, and Mercury

"Will the telescopes be set up?" We frequently get that question when we have an astronomy program scheduled at the library. The telescopes that I, along with other astronomy club members, bring to the library are very good but we can't see through clouds. That's one reason the Hubble Space Telescope is so valuable -- it isn't affected by weather. It's also the reason so many astronomers live in Arizona!