CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 |
People from Fresno to San Diego used Twitter Wednesday night to say they saw what resembled a meteor shower, bright lights or a fireball in the sky. A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration in Los Angeles said the agency had not received any reports about meteor showers or other similar phenomena. The Griffith Observatory said the only calls it had received were from reporters. Mary Slosson said she was driving eastbound on the 10 Freeway when she saw a "flare-up" that "looked like something burring up upon entry into the atmosphere" over the Culver City area. The flash of light caused drivers to hit their brakes and swerve to catch a glimpse, Slosson said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 |
The flashes and bright lights that were reported across Central and Southern California on Wednesday night likely were long-lasting meteor streams known as the South Taurids, according to the National Weather Service. The Taurids are known for having exceptionally bright meteors. On Wednesday night, people used Twitter to describe what resembled a meteor shower, bright lights or fireballs in the sky. Mary Slosson said she driving eastbound on the 10 Freeway when saw a "flareup" that "looked like something burning up upon entry into atmosphere" over the Culver City area. The flash of light caused drivers to hit their brakes and swerve to catch a glimpse, Slosson said.
May 19, 2013 |
Ezra Koenig wanted to be clear about this: The frontman of Vampire Weekend was not comparing his band to the Beatles. "What we're talking about is making me think like a fan, which is a little bit dangerous because it could come across as me trying to put myself in the same league as one of the biggest albums of all time," he said, responding to a question about the value of mystery and ambiguity in music. "But, yeah, you think about 'Sgt. Pepper.' Is it a concept album about a lonely hearts club?
December 9, 2012 |
At dusk, when this nighttime town flips on its klieg lights, Rob Lambert and Jim Gianoulakis go looking for darkness. These two graying stargazers want to establish an observatory in one of the most light-polluted places on the planet. For them, it's all about making the best of a bad situation: If the lights of Las Vegas unnaturally brighten the nighttime sky, well, just point your telescope in the other direction. "If you build a facility in a remote area with pristine night skies, you're probably going to be missing the people to come and utilize it," said Gianoulakis, president of the 150-member Las Vegas Astronomical Society, who recently inherited the post from Lambert.
November 5, 2012 |
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - When Ulysses Bermudez hikes upstairs to check on his elderly neighbors in his public housing project, he is met by a fetid stench from people unable or afraid to go down the 14 dark flights to use portable toilets set up in the street. "People can't live like this," he said. But on Monday, a week after super storm Sandy slammed into New York, many still do. Hundreds of residents in the Red Hook West project, Brooklyn's largest, are without heat, electricity, elevators or water.
September 28, 2012 |
As NASA's Mars rover Curiosity continues its meandering route across the planet's rocky surface, a team of engineers and scientists back on Earth are having their own Martian experience: They're learning to live on "Mars time" by adjusting to its slightly longer, 24.65-hour day. Those extra 39 minutes and 35 seconds may seem like a small difference, one easily absorbed into the variable nightly sleep schedule of the average human. But it's not a one-time change like jet lag; instead, it's like traveling across a time zone every single day. So adjusting to even a slight change in schedule is difficult for people to deal with.