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July 6, 2011 | By Daniela Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
Saturn's Great White Spot, a recurring storm on that planet that has intrigued scientists since it was first observed in 1876, is a windy, towering cloud of ammonia and water spewing out super jolts of thunder and lightning. Now astronomers and NASA's Cassini spacecraft, which has been orbiting Saturn since 2004, have captured the most detailed views to date of the phenomenon. The luminous storm, which may be the gaseous planet's main mechanism for dissipating heat, occurs about once every Saturnian year, the equivalent of about 30 Earth years.
October 9, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The Federal Trade Commission said today it has authorized its staff to seek a preliminary injunction to block a proposed joint venture between two large Southern California telescope makers. The FTC said it believes the proposed joint venture--between Meade Instruments Corp. of Costa Mesa and Celestron International of Torrance--"would create a virtual monopoly" in the manufacture and sale of mid-sized Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes.
November 20, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Saturn has apparently "burped" a gigantic storm that spewed a cloud of ammonia gas crystals that has encircled nearly the entire mammoth planet, scientists said today. The unusual storm was first spotted in September by amateur astronomers, prompting excited scientists to persuade NASA to allow them to use the Hubble Space Telescope to photograph the area in detail earlier this month.
August 2, 1994
A Los Angeles-area high school student placed fourth in the Astronomical League's second annual National Outstanding Young Astronomer Award competition, it was announced Monday. Charles Jason (Chuck) Foster, 15, of Northridge, attends Chaminade College Preparatory School in West Hills. He performed research into the "necroovoviviparity"--or egg survivability--of brine shrimp under conditions approximating conditions in the solar system, Astronomical League President James Fox said.
April 10, 1997 | Bloomberg News
Meade Instruments Corp. shares rose 5% on their first day of trading. Shares in the maker of telescopes and astronomy equipment, which initially had been priced at $7, rose 37.5 cents to $7.375 as 899,100 shares changed hands. Meade said the initial public offering, which was priced below the anticipated range of $8 to $10 per share, is expected to generate $15.6 million, which it will use to repay debt and redeem outstanding preferred stock. The company issued 3.4 million shares.
August 26, 2003 | Usha Lee McFarling
Tonight, Mars will be closer to Earth than it has been for nearly 60,000 years, providing an excellent opportunity for viewing. Right now, the Red Planet is unmistakable. It is the brightest object in the sky other than the moon. Mars rises at about 9 p.m. low in the southeast, is visible in the southern sky near midnight and is low in the southwest sky before dawn. The planet's details, including its polar caps, are visible only through a telescope.
July 2, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Light from the supernova 2013df has traveled more than 60 million light-years to finally be detectable from Earth, and today you have a chance to see it for yourself. At 4 p.m. PDT, sky watchers around the world can watch a live video feed of the supernova broadcast from a telescope in the Cayman Islands. The video comes courtesy of the online sky-watching site A type II supernova occurs when a star more than 10 times more massive than our sun runs out of nuclear fuel and collapses in on itself.
June 29, 1999 | Times wire services
Meade Instruments Corp. said that its top two executives will began selling off their stock in the publicly traded company in a series of quarterly transactions beginning next month. John C. Diebel, chairman of the board and chief executive of the Irvine-based Meade, which makes telescopes, intends to sell 25,000 shares each quarter, and Steven G. Murdock, president and chief operating officer, plans to sell 15,000 shares per quarter. Meade's stock hit an all-time high of $17.
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