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Datebook: February 23 – Supernova 1987A Visible to Naked Eye 25 Years Ago

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Supernova 1987A was located in the outskirts of the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a nearby dwarf galaxy, approximately 168,000 light-years away, though close enough to be visible to the naked eye if you lived in the Southern Hemisphere. The light from the supernova reached Earth on February 23, 1987. It was the first opportunity for modern astronomers to see a supernova up close and observations have provided much insight into core-collapse supernovae. Voyager 2, then enroute to Neptune, was able to observe the supernova with its cameras.

It’s Thursday, February 23

The Howard Finster Vision House Touring Exhibit goes on display tonight at the WKCTC Clemens Fine Arts Center Gallery. Finster’s images range from pop culture icons like Elvis to historical figures such as George Washington to religious images of his own visions. There’s a reception tonight from 5 to 7, with an artist talk by curator David Leonardis at 6. The exhibit runs through March 23.

The Modernette Civic Club sponsors their 18th Annual African American Breakfast on Saturday at 8AM at the James E. Bruce Convention Center in Hopkinsville. The keynote speaker will be Mr. John Johnson, Executive Director for the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights in Louisville. $12 tickets can be purchased at the door.

Western Baptist Hospital offers free screenings during a Heart Health Fair on Saturday from 9 to noon in the atrium of Doctors Office Building 2. Western Baptist staff will provide blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and EKG rhythm strip screenings. Fasting and advance registration are not required.

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Datebook: June 15 – Thomas the Tank Engine creator turns 100

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Reverend Wilbert Vere Awdry was born on June 15, 1911 (and died March 21, 1997). He was an English clergyman, railway enthusiast and children’s author, best known as the creator of Thomas the Tank Engine for The Railway Series books and later for the Thomas and Friends TV show.  In 2009, The Independent recognized Thomas on their “Happy List” of 100 ‘people’ making Britain a better and happier place. Happy birthday Rev!

It’s Wednesday, June 15

Tomorrow is the last day to purchase advance tickets for the Lone Star Rodeo. The rodeo is at 8 this Friday and Saturday night at the Mayfield-Graves County Fairgrounds. 10 dollar adult tickets and 8 dollar children’s tickets are available at the City Hall Information Center today and tomorrow from 8 to 4:30.

The Murray Art Guild offers a silkscreen t-shirt and poster workshop for teens this Saturday from noon to 5 at the Murray Art Guild. The fee for the workshop is 40 dollars. For registration or for more information, go to murrayartguild.org.

The Pennyroyal Arts Council in Hopkinsville holds the 4th Annual June Jam Fundraiser this Friday night at 8 at the James E. Bruce Convention Center. Music will be provided by the Entice Band of Nashville. 25 dollar tickets may be purchased at L&N Depot, Books on Main, the Chamber of Commerce, and Gracious Me. To reserve a table, call 270-887-4295.

Find more news and events at our website, wkms.org. Thanks for listening!