December 22, 2013 |
The trans-Atlantic eclipse voyage was organized by Betchart Expeditions ( 252-4910, http://www.betchartexpeditions.com ), a California-based company specializing in science-oriented travel. It offers about two dozen science-themed trips a year to destinations around the globe. I'd traveled with Betchart once before, on a trip to Antarctica 20 years earlier, and I trusted the company, the intellectually oriented clientele its trips attract and the experts it chooses for daily lectures.
December 22, 2013 |
MÁLAGA, Spain - When I was 8 years old, I wanted to run away to sea and be a cabin boy on a clipper ship. Sixty years later - gender, age and vocation notwithstanding - I finally got the chance. As I packed to meet the Star Flyer on the southern coast of Spain in October, my one worry was whether this modern clipper would live up to my childhood dreams. Live up to? Oh, my. It trumped them all, starting at the moment I saw it. The Flyer was tied up at a palm-shaded pier in Málaga - long, slim white hull; four tall masts gleaming in late-day sun; sails furled and waiting.
December 8, 2013 |
Has John F. Kerry turned into the unexpected star of President Obama's second term? He was Obama's second choice as secretary of State (after Susan Rice). He's the same windy, stiff Bostonian who ran unsuccessfully for president a decade ago. And he's taken on a list of assignments that looked distinctly unpromising: nuclear negotiations with Iran, peace between Israel and the Palestinians, the civil war in Syria. But in 10 months, Kerry has embarked on a whirlwind of diplomacy.
November 2, 2013 |
There's a solar eclipse coming Sunday morning, and you can watch it live, right here. Beginning at 3:45 a.m. PST, the online observatory Slooh.com will stream the solar eclipse live from a remote part of the Kenyan countryside. The broadcast will last for 3 1/2 hours, ending at 7:15 a.m. and will also include live feeds from telescopes in Gabon, Africa, and the Canary Islands. You'll find it playing in the video box above. Why do you need to watch the total eclipse online? Because unless you live along a very narrow band of land on the African continent, it won't be visible from where you live.
November 1, 2013 |
There's a rare hybrid solar eclipse coming on Sunday, and no matter where you are in the world, you will be able to see it - thanks to the Internet. If you live on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, in parts of southern Europe or anywhere in Africa, then you can enjoy this eclipse firsthand with a little planning and the proper viewing glasses , of course. If you live in Los Angeles or somewhere that is not any of the places mentioned above, then you will have to turn to your computer if you want to watch the eclipse live. Luckily, Paul Cox, an astronomer at the online observatory Slooh.com, is shepherding a telescope and other equipment to a remote spot in Kenya, where he plans to live-stream the total eclipse to viewers across the world.
October 18, 2013 |
On Friday evening, the moon will pass through the hazy outer shadow of the Earth, and if you look carefully, you may be able to see the minor celestial show. The event is called a penumbral eclipse, and, to be fair, it is not especially dramatic. The outer shadow of the Earth known as the penumbra is not dark enough to fully obscure the moon; instead it will just sort of darken it a bit. PHOTOS: Moons of the solar system Here in Southern California, your window of opportunity to witness the minor lunar eclipse will be fairly short.