May 4, 2013 |
Pull out the reclining lawn chairs and get yourself to the darkest area you can find: The Eta Aquarid meteor shower is peaking this weekend, and if you get lucky, you can catch up to 30 "shooting stars" per hour. You may also want to set your alarm clock: Sky watchers say the best time to catch the light show is in the hour or two just before dawn on Sunday. Here in Southern California that means you'll want to start your meteor hunting around 4 a.m. The Eta Aquarid meteor shower occurs each year in late April or early May when the Earth passes through a stream of dust and debris left in the wake of Halley's Comet.
December 15, 1985
You may already know how "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" ranked among all Christmas singles in sales last year, but do you know the percentage of third-graders in Oklahoma who say they chew tobacco or the number of Americans old enough to see Halley's comet for the second time this winter? Number of White House requests for arms sales to a foreign country that Congress has rejected: 0 Soviet nuclear-weapon tests this year: 7 U.S.
February 26, 1985 |
--A check of his driver's license shows his birth date as 2/23/85, but the date is accurate. Tommy Wright was indeed born in '85--1885--and celebrated his 100th birthday last Saturday. He and his 96-year-old wife, Sadie, have been married for 78 years. Wright, who has never had an accident or a moving violation, just had his license renewed. "I'm the best damn driver in the whole state of Rhode Island," he told the Providence Journal Bulletin.
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November 29, 1985
When I was 17, that was 75 years ago, I saw and celebrated it--maybe not scientifically, but with lots of fun and interest as something special in our daily lives, on top of a two-story tenement in Brooklyn, N.Y. We observed, sang, danced and drank Coca Cola. My recollection is a bit dim, a great ball of fire and a lingering tail. This year, however, it will be different, coming to California to live. I've seen, learned and studied the heavens and shall go out to the deserts, mountaintops, observatories with interested groups.
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April 30, 1985
The 100-inch telescope on Mt. Wilson above Pasadena was once one of the world's great astronomical instruments. Edwin Hubble used it in the 1920s to make two fundamental discoveries: that the universe is expanding, and that it contains billions of other galaxies just like ours. But light pollution from Los Angeles seriously degraded the telescope's ability to peer into deep space.Last year the Carnegie Institution of Washington, which owns and runs the Mt.
April 2, 1986 |
My wife and I rolled out of bed at 3:45 a.m. recently for one more look at Halley's comet. We drove a few blocks to the tip of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, where the lights of the city would be behind us and Halley would be visible in the dark sky over the Pacific. But scores of others had the same idea. When we reached the bluff near the entrance to Los Angeles Harbor, so many cars were parked in what is usually a deserted area that time of night that it was difficult to find a parking place.