Jose Ramirez

Mars, our neighbor.

May 17, 2018

This summer, Mars will highlight the night sky as it will be closer and brighter than it has been in years.  In honor of this, this week we’ll continue talking about Mars.  Mars is named after the Roman god of war, presumably due to its red color and reds association with blood and violence.  Mars gets its red color from the large amount of iron oxide in the soil of Mars; we know iron oxide better as rust.  How exactly Mars’ soil was oxidized is still a bit of mystery that is connected to the speculation of ancient life on Mars, but that discussion will be saved for another week in the nea

Welcome. Sit. Stay. Bert.

May 11, 2018

Bert is currently looking for a new home and can be found at the Siouxland Humane Society.

Support for Welcome. Sit. Stay. Comes from Priscilla E. Forsyth, Attorney at Law. Providing criminal defense and immigration law services to the Siouxland Community.

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Animal Song Of The Week:

Today we will conclude the astronomical tale of how the motion of Mars arguably sparked the origin of modern astronomy and science.  Last week we discussed how Nicolaus Copernicus presented a heliocentric, or Sun-centered, model of the universe with the all the planets, including Earth and Mars, orbiting the Sun.  But Copernicus’ model was not well received because it did not predict the positions of the planets much better than Ptolemy’s geocentric, or Earth-centered, model, and religious influences during the time period also wanted to maintain that the Earth was the center of the univer

Welcome. Sit. Stay. Grace.

May 4, 2018

Grace is a 1-year old rabbit who is currently looking for a new home at the Siouxland Humane Society.

Support for Welcome. Sit. Stay. Comes from Priscilla E. Forsyth, Attorney at Law. Providing criminal defense and immigration law services to the Siouxland Community.

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Animal Song of The Week:

This week let’s continue the astronomical tale of how the motion of Mars arguably sparked the origin of modern astronomy and science.  Last week we discussed how Claudius Ptolemy presented in about 150 AD a sophisticated mathematical model to explain why Mars and the other planets, moving around Earth, periodically moved retrograde relative to the background stars.  This Earth-centered model of the universe presented what was imagined to be a true representation of the motion of Mars and the rest of the planets for over a millennium.  As time went on, though, the model was not able to accu

Welcome. Sit. Stay. Sawyer.

Apr 27, 2018

Sawyer is this week's featured pet of the week here on KWIT/KOJI. He is a pointer-mix and is currently looking for a new home. You can find him at the Siouxland Humane Society.

Support for Welcome. Sit. Stay. Comes from Priscilla E. Forsyth, Attorney at Law. Providing criminal defense and immigration law services to the Siouxland Community.

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Animal Song of The Week:

Last week we discussed how Mars periodically exhibits retrograde motion, where the planet moves east to west relative to the background stars instead of its more typical west to east motion. Understanding why Mars undergoes this motion has been a challenge for hundreds of years. One of the first people to present a mathematical theory for the motions of the Sun, Moon, and planets was Claudius Ptolemy, who was thought to have lived from 85 – 165 AD.

Welcome. Sit. Stay. Bean.

Apr 20, 2018

Bean is a 5-month old tuxedo kitten who is currently looking for a new home. She is available now at the Siouxland Humane Society.

Support for Welcome. Sit. Stay. Comes from Priscilla E. Forsyth, Attorney at Law. Providing criminal defense and immigration law services to the Siouxland Community.

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Animal Song of The Week:

The Motion of Mars

Apr 19, 2018

This coming summer in 2018, Mars will be spectacular in our night sky as it outshines all the stars and planets except Venus. It won’t be quite as bright as it was in 2003, but nearly! In honor of this, the next few discussions will be about various topics connected to Mars.

Welcome. Sit. Stay. Ellie.

Apr 13, 2018

Ellie is a lovable and caring future oversized lapdog who is currently looking for a new home at the Siouxland Humane Society. The Siouxland Humane Society is also holding an event for all to come; want to learn how to communicate better with your pet? See here: http://www.siouxlandhumanesociety.org/event/pawsitively-psychic/

Support for Welcome. Sit. Stay. Comes from Priscilla E. Forsyth, Attorney at Law. Providing criminal defense and immigration law services to the Siouxland Community.

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