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Happy Perihelion!

Entry Date: Jan 16, 2014

Published Under: Francine Jackson's Columns

This has got to be one of the trickiest, and most confusing times of the year.  As we here in the north are struggling to stay as warm as possible, we are experiencing what to many is not possible: Being as close to the Sun as the Earth can be.... more
URI Planetarium - What more do you need?

Entry Date: Apr 4, 2013

Published Under: Francine Jackson's Columns

Nestled quietly on the corner of Upper College Road and Engineering Row is a unique little building resembling a silo stepped on by the Jolly Green Giant. Many students who pass by this building have no idea they are looking at one of the most modern pla... more
The Long Night Moon - December's Full Moon

Entry Date: Dec 3, 2012

Published Under: Francine Jackson's Columns

With the winter season beginning this month, the nights are the longest, and the days slowly begin to get colder.  As such, we celebrate both the Full Cold Moon and the Full Long Night Moon.  And, because we also celebrate the holiday season at this ... more
The Beaver Moon - November's Full Moon

Entry Date: Nov 6, 2012

Published Under: Francine Jackson's Columns

As the swamps began to freeze, settlers looking to stay warm during the winter would set traps along them, to try to catch the full, soft, fluffy beaver, who were looking to prepare their winters' naps; this is why the Full Moon of November is called... more