Monumental asteroid passes by Earth

earthIf last night you thought you saw something unusual in the sky overhead, you were right.

Asteroid 2004 BL86 passed by Earth last night, with astronomers saying it passed at around three times the distance of the moon.

Mary Stewart Adams is Program Director for the Headlands International Dark Sky Park in Emmet County.


She said by studying things like the asteroid’s composition, we can expand our understanding of how things work in the universe.

“We find out more and more about how our universe began, how our planetary system developed. It’s always just a great opportunity to see something new that we haven’t seen before and see if we can find out something that we don’t already know.”

Adams said the significance of this particular asteroid is it’s size and brightness.

Astronomers say the asteroid is somewhere between 400 and 900 meters wide.

Adams said this is the closest and largest asteroid that’s going to pass by Earth for the next 15 to 20 years.

State Senate panel to take up animal abuse bills Tuesday

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State lawmakers will try again to crack down on animal cruelty in Michigan.

A state Senate panel will take up a pair of bills on Tuesday that would increase penalties for serial animal abusers. The worst offenders – those who abuse 25 or more animals or who have three or more prior convictions – would face felony charges and up to seven years in prison.

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CMU recognized again for online programs, moves ahead with CMED and Bio Sciences

Ross Jan 2015george_rossWith the new semester underway, Central Michigan University is once again receiving recognition for its distance learning initiatives and online programs.
CMU President Dr. George E. Ross sat down with David Nicholas is studio to talk about that and progress with the construction of the Bio Sciences Building…
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CMU recognized again for online programs, moves ahead with CMED and Bio Sciences

george_rossWith the new semester underway, Central Michigan University is once again receiving recognition for its distance learning initiatives and online programs.
CMU President Dr. George E. Ross sat down with David Nicholas is studio to talk about that and progress with the construction of the Bio Sciences Building…

President Ross said the interviews and campus visits with the CMED Dean candidates are concluding this week.
He hopes the decision will be made (QUOTE) “not too much further into this spring semester.”