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West Chester author’s book to be read from International Space Station

Published: Saturday, August 12, 2017 @ 4:00 PM

            The book “Next Time You See a Sunset” by West Chester Twp. author Emily Morgan will be read this month by an astronaut in orbit on the International Space Station. EMMA STIEFEL/STAFF
The book “Next Time You See a Sunset” by West Chester Twp. author Emily Morgan will be read this month by an astronaut in orbit on the International Space Station. EMMA STIEFEL/STAFF

“Next time you see a sunset, stop and sit down for a while.”

So begins West Chester Twp. author Emily Morgan’s picture book, “Next Time You See a Sunset.” For some of her newest readers, however, that might become a bit problematic — they experience a sunset every 90 minutes.

An astronaut on the International Space Station will be recorded reading the book aloud this month as part of the Story Time from Space program. “Next Time You See a Sunset,” along with several other books, will be packed on board SpaceX-12, a rocket carrying supplies to the station, when it launches on Aug. 14.

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“I’m just elated,” said Morgan, who will watch the rocket’s launch in Florida with her son and parents. “I can’t even believe it’s happening.”

The Story Time From Space program selects books that can be read aloud in less than 20 minutes, have plots that are related to science, and contain accurate information, according to the National Science Teachers Association, Morgan’s publisher.

Morgan’s book, part of an ongoing “Next Time You See” series, certainly fits those criteria. All of her stories “encourage kids to experience nature” and intentionally focus on subjects anyone could find just by walking out their front door.

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“We forget that we’re on a big ball of rock that’s moving around a star,” Morgan said, referring to “Next Time You See a Sunset.” “If you think about that, you’ll see sunsets in a (different light).”

Picture book writing is just the latest stage of Morgan’s career as a science educator, which began in 1995. She began as a teacher at Northridge Local Schools in Dayton, and then moved to Mason Intermediate Elementary School. At Mason, Morgan and another teacher began writing science lessons centered around picture books.

They called the instructional books they produced “Picture-Perfect Science,” and eventually Morgan left her teaching job to focus on writing and teaching science workshops. “Next Time You See a Sunset,” one of Morgan’s first two books, was published in 2013, and she has written a total of eight books to date.

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She goes to several schools each year to read her picture books to students, and is excited to take the video of an astronaut reading “Next Time You See a Sunset” with her on these visits after it is released in the fall.

“I hope listening to an astronaut read this book will help people watching the sunset on earth see it in a whole new way, ” Morgan said. “(I hope it helps them realize) that something ordinary that happens everyday is really quite extraordinary.”

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Some of Miami Valley to see rain, snow while others remain dry

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 5:37 AM
Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 9:18 AM

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini has the latest on who could see snow today and how warm we get tomorrow.


>>WHIO Doppler 7 Interactive Radar

We will be starting out in the 20s and will be mostly cloudy, according to Storm Center 7 meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Passing showers move in during the day mixing with snow and possibly some rain in the afternoon. The best chance for this is south of I-70. Snow totals will be limited and most of the Miami Valley won’t see any stick. Butler County is under a Winter Weather Advisory with possible snowfalls reaching 1 inch to 3 inches. The Dayton area might see a dusting on grassy surfaces. North of Dayton will have a pretty quite Saturday. It looks like the Miami Valley dodges the heaviest bands of snow which will stay south. Temperatures climb to around 40. Clouds decrease tonight and we drop to the mid 20s.


  • Most escape accumulating snow in Miami Valley
  • Dry and mild Sunday
  • Warmer next week with spring showers

>>5-Day Forecast


Sunday: It will be a beautiful end to the weekend. We will see highs in the mid to upper 40s. Dry and sunny!

Monday: We see a nice start to the new week with temperatures close to normal with highs in the low to mid 50s. Clouds increase in the evening.

Tuesday: Scattered rain showers will develop with highs in the upper 50s feeling mild and breezy.

Wednesday: Scattered showers continue in the morning. We will see some late day sunshine with highs around 60.

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Texas space lover says NASA photographed 'alien skeleton' on Mars

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 9:16 AM

The surface of Mars.
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The surface of Mars.(NASA/Getty Images)

A space enthusiast from Texas believes photographs taken by a NASA rover reveal an “alien skeleton” on Mars, KTRK reported.

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A person from Waxahachie said a group of what looks like rocks is actually the skull and spine of a possible Martian. 

The person filed a report with the Mutual UFO Network, which investigates UFO sightings in the United States and beyond, KTRK reported.

According to the report, the alleged skeleton was photographed by the Opportunity rover on Feb. 1 in Perseverance Valley on the west rim of Mars' Endeavour Crater.

The person who submitted the report to the UFO Network said a 3-D image revealed the bone detail of a spine, KTRK reported.

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March for Our Lives rallies taking place across the globe

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 9:07 AM

Victims of the Florida High School Mass Shooting

Marches and rallies are being held in the U.S. and around the world Saturday as part of the March for Our Lives event. The student-led movement is addressing the issues of gun violence and gun control, prompted by a series of deadly mass shooting in the U.S.

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The movement was sparked by student survivors of the Parkland High School mass shooting in Florida on Feb. 14, in which former student Nikolas Cruz, 19, killed 17 people and injured dozens. 

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Vehicle flips on its top in Washington Twp.

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 6:03 AM

Vehicle flipped on its top in Washington Twp.

Crews responded to reports that a red Chevy Trail Blazer flipped on its top in Washington Twp. Saturday morning.

The single vehicle flipped at the cross of Hempstead Meadows and West Alex Bell Road around 5 a.m.

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Medics were on scene but no one was taken to the hospital.

It’s not known what caused the accident.

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