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  • Emily Claire Shlesinger, a 17-year-old singer/songwriter from Dallas, will headline this year's slate of entertainers at Earth Day Texoma. The theme of this year’s festival, “Building Green,” is evident in offerings by vendors (from solar-energy companies to farmers using traditional growing methods); informative workshops (on topics from a “green diet,” to geothermal HVAC units, to recycling “found objects” into useful and/or decorative items); and a keynote address titled “Building Green Isn’t Just for Experts.”
  • The Friends of the Bertha Voyer Memorial Library will sponsor a major exhibit of the photographs of Honey Grove native Erwin Smith May 1-3 at the Civic Center in Honey Grove.
  • Kepler-186f resides in the Kepler-186 system about 500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. The system is also home to four inner planets, seen lined up in orbit around a host star that is half the size and mass of the sun. image credit: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech
  • If the authors of a recently published book have their way, “keeping up with the Joneses” may have more to do with who has the cheapest utility bills than who’s got the biggest house.
  • Prosper is celebrating its centennial on Saturday, April 26 from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the downtown area. The downtown, incidentally, still retains much of the feel and character of a century ago. The bricks and mortar that hold up some of the downtown buildings like the Cotton Gin Cafe and a few others are remnants of the time in 1914 when the 500 or so residents decided to become an official town.
  • 1990 – STS-31: The Hubble Space Telescope is launched from the Space Shuttle Discovery. The Hubble Space Telescope (HST) is a space telescope that was carried into orbit by a Space Shuttle in 1990 and remains in operation. A 7.9 ft. aperture telescope in low Earth orbit, Hubble's four main instruments observe in the near ultraviolet, visible, and near infrared spectra. The telescope is named after the astronomer Edwin Hubble. Hubble's orbit outside the distortion of Earth's atmosphere allows it to take extremely high-resolution images with almost no background light. Hubble's Deep Field has recorded some of the most detailed visible-light images ever, allowing a deep view into space and time. Many Hubble observations have led to breakthroughs in astrophysics, such as accurately determining the rate of expansion of the universe. Although not the first space telescope, Hubble is one of the largest and most versatile, and is well known as both a vital research tool and a public relations boon for astronomy.