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Greetings, Brooks. It’s snowing!

Members of the Varney Ladies Fellowship are pleased to announce that they will again be awarding their two $500 scholarships — Gloria Cookson and Brooks Varney Ladies Fellowship. Applications are available in the office of Debbie Faulkner at Mount View High School. Applications need to be turned in by March 24.

Comet ZTF (discovered by the Zwicky Transient Facility last March and also known as the “Green Comet”) is due to pass Earth from the outer reaches of the solar system in late January and early February. It hasn’t been here since the last Ice Age.

Made of an icy ball of gas, dust and rock, it orbits the sun roughly every 50,000 years or so. Neanderthals were still walking the earth and humans had just migrated out of Africa for the first time during the last pass.

It should be visible just before dawn in late January. As it approaches (a safe 27 million miles away) you should be able to see it with binoculars, or even the naked eye. It will be in the general vicinity of Polaris — the North Star. Light pollution is an issue as always. Go to earthsky.org for more information.

Until next time…peace.

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