On Jan. 26, a tiny asteroid passed us by a mere 3,600 km away, at a speed of around 9.3 kilometres a second. Known as 2023 BU, it was discovered by Crimean amateur astronomer Gennadiy Borisov about five days earlier.


In this Penticton Herald photo from Feb. 2, 1960, Christine Gillard, who worked at the newspaper from 1956-1960, sees the groundhog.

The Summerland Community Centre, 9710 Brown Street, is welcoming the public on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023 to come in and check out the facility, meet its activity leaders, and optionally join in for an inexpensive chili lunch.


We’re a funny species. On one side we like to lie on our backs by lakes in the woods or at other dark places, and enjoy looking at a starry sky.

So-Co Sound Country featuring, from left, Rod Rose (drums in the background), Frank Artes and Robert Johnson rock the house at The Dream Cafe, Saturday night in support of their new CD Eclectic Avenue. The blues and jazzy trio, recently featured on CBC Radio, perform again at the Penticton S…


The Okanagan Symphony is pleased and proud to present “Round Dance,” with internationally respected Indigenous cellist and composer Cris Derksen, in what will undoubtedly be one of this season’s most thrilling and unique OSO concerts.

An optical telescope with a mirror thirty metres in diameter is being built. Also under construction is the largest radio telescope in history.


Director Justin Glibbery leads the Naramata Community Choir in the Hallelujah Chorus during Sunday afternoon’s Light a Candle concert at Penticton United Church.

In Social Studies 11 at Pen-Hi, I remember Mr. Willan assigning us an essay to be titled “Louis Riel: traitor or patriot?” I remember it because I didn’t find it easy to write; there were certainly strong arguments that could be made either way.

B lack holes are rather menacing objects. Stars, planets, dust and any other material getting too close fall in; there is an intense flash of radiation, and nothing comes back out.


Richard Sheridan was the bugler at Friday’s Remembrance Day services at the downtown cenotaph in Penticton, just as he was as a cadet exactly a half century ago. Remembrance Day services were held throughout the South Okanagan on Friday morning.


In Branch 40 R.C. Legion are four framed photos donated by the late Henry Kriwokon (1920-2022), a connectopms to the most iconic Second World War photograph “Wait For Me Daddy!”

Kerry and Don Younie of Penticton dressed as Moira and Johnny Rose from “Schitt’s Creek” at a weekend Halloween party. Kerry is well known in the community for costuming Soundstage Productions.

Penticton Elks Lodge donated $5,000 to the Starfish Foundation, Saturday during its combined Oktoberfest/Halloween celebration. Lori Kidd and Joan Chernesky of the Elks presented the giant cheque to Tracy Van Raes, far right, on behalf of Starfish.

At 7:17 a.m. local time on June 30, 1908, something entered the atmosphere over Tungusca, Siberia and exploded. The blast, equivalent to about 17 million tonnes of TNT, flattened around 80 million trees

Pat and Tom Siddon of Kaleden celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with family and friends, Saturday, at the place where they had their first date, the SS Sicamous. The couple was married Sept. 1, 1962.

Anne Hamilton of the Penticton Academy of Music and Dramtic Arts performs with fellow musicians at the Music in the Park concert at the Japanese Gardens Thursday. The event featured the students and faculty of the Summer Strings Adult Music Camp.

The holy grail in our search for exoplanets (planets orbiting other stars) is to find one with water and at the right distance from its star for that water to be present on its surface as a liquid. Now it looks as though such a planet may have been found. It is early days yet, but the eviden…


So just what do you do with hundreds of surplus, hand-crocheted washcloths? A group of Penticton women had just the ticket.

They could be referred to as charity or fund-raising stamps, but stamp collectors call them “semi-postal” stamps. They carry two values on them — the first that pays the postage and the second that goes to a designated charity.

Light pollution – light pointlessly being directed in useless directions, usually upward – is a big problem for optical astronomy. The situation for radio astronomy is similar, and as difficult. Our increasing dependence on radio devices for more and more aspects of our daily lives poses a g…


I have often thought, in a perfect world, the Royal Canadian Legion would go “out of business.” If Canada had no veterans involved in conflict, there would be no wounded, disabled or traumatized veterans to look after. Sadly, this is not likely to be.

At the moment days are getting longer and we don’t know why. The Earth is taking a bit longer to rotate on its axis. We have known for decades that the speed at which our Earth spins varies. For example, on Boxing Day, 2004, there was a huge earthquake in the Indian Ocean. A 1,500 kilometre …

LONDON — Olivia Newton John’s “Grease” co-star Didi Conn is the latest actress to share her thoughts on the Grammy-winning singer who died this week at age 73 after a journey with cancer.

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Esther Bergen of Penticton celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends at Linden Gardens in Kaleden. Originally a girl from the Prairies, she has been a resident of Penticton since 1990.

If you want to make a comet, asteroid, planet, star, or many other bodies, the recipe is the same. There is just one ingredient: the cosmic clouds of gas and dust.

I remember hearing an enthusiastic speaker declare that he believed in the wonders of

One of the objectives for the James Webb Space Telescope is to find out how soon after the Big Bang galaxies began to form, and when stars started manufacturing the elements needed for making planets and living things.

A new radio telescope project is under way at our observatory. It is called CHORD (Canadian Hydrogen Observatory and Radio-transient Detector).

There’s a picture that shows Galileo showing a cardinal one of his drawings of the moon, obtained using his telescope. Another cardinal is looking through the telescope. He looks interested in what he is seeing, but the one looking at the drawing does not look at all receptive. To be fair th…

In 1890, Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan of the United States Navy published The Importance of Sea Power Upon History: 1660-1783 in which, along with subsequent publications, he articulated the need for a strong navy to protect far-flung overseas territories, international commercial interests a…

Camp Creek, a special piece of Naramata history is having a open house for all at 1092 Robinson Ave. on Thursday, June 30 from 1-4 p.m. For the first time in 24 years, it’s up for sale.

Some of the most important discoveries in science have come from people asking obvious questions: things so obvious that nobody before had bothered. Newton wondered why it was that apples and other things fall down.

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Couples Terry and Linda Underwood and John and Carol Renner — all from Kamloops — compete in the Penticton Regional Bridge tournament, Tuesday at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre. Although numbers are down significantly from 2019, there are still well over 500 players daily in what’…