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April 15, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
The moons that orbit Saturn may be increasing by one -- an icy, pint-sized object that astronomers have named “Peggy.” NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spotted evidence that a mysterious object measuring perhaps half a mile across is disturbing the outer edge of Saturn's large, bright A ring. The object's gravity seems to have roughed up the ring's usually smooth profile. PHOTOS: Amazing close-ups of moons As a result, a stretch of the A ring that measures 750 miles long and 6 miles wide is now about 20% brighter than it would typically appear.
April 14, 2014 | By A Times Staff Writer
The first total eclipse of 2014 tonight and Tuesday morning is generating much attention. Times reporter Rong-Gong Lin II answers your questions about the so-called blood moon. Q: Will L.A. be able to see this eclipse? It will be the first in more than three years to be visible from Los Angeles and uninterrupted by sunrise. The last one began the evening of Dec. 20, 2010, with the eclipse's peak at 12:17 a.m. Dec. 21, according to the observatory. Q: When is the best time to watch?
April 14, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
Sky watchers, get ready! There is a total eclipse of the moon coming Monday night and you don't want to miss it. A lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, moon, and Earth align so that  Earth's shadow falls across the moon's surface. Monday night's lunar eclipse is a total eclipse, which means  Earth's shadow will cover the moon completely. The moon won't be blacked out by our planet's shadow. Instead, it will take on a reddish hue -- anywhere from a bright copper to the brownish red of dried blood.
April 14, 2014 | By a Times Staff Writer
The first lunar eclipse of 2014 - known as "blood moon" - is lighting up social media tonight as people post photos of the moon and the eclipse. Large crowd descended on the Griffith Observatory to look at the eclipse. They posted a variety of photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Here is a sampling:   In Los Angeles, the most impressive part began around 11 p.m. when the first "bite" is taken out of the moon. It will be blotted out entirely by 12:06 a.m. Tuesday, said experts at the observatory.
April 14, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
Johanna Huerta will usher in her 30 th birthday early Tuesday with the “blood moon.” Huerta, 29, of South Los Angeles, was one of hundreds of people who descended on the Griffith Observatory on Monday night awaiting the first total eclipse of 2014. "It worked out that I got the 'blood moon,' " she said. "It will be my first time seeing it. " Huerta brought her brother, 17-year-old Angel, and family friend Flavia Ibarra, 23, to celebrate her birthday and the eclipse, which will be her first to see. “I dragged them with me,” Huerta said.
April 14, 2014 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Alicia Banks
Officials at the Griffith Observatory are expecting big crowds for the dark red "blood moon," the first total eclipse of 2014 beginning Monday night. The observatory will be open for visitors, who can look up at the eclipse either from the building itself or from the grass and sidewalk areas. Experts will also provide presentations on the eclipse. The hours of operation are 7 p.m. to 1:45 a.m. It is also expected that people will flock to other areas where they can see the eclipse, including mountain and desert areas with less light pollution.
April 13, 2014 | By August Brown
There was a huge, heaving mass of Coachella fans listening to time-shifting, hard-riffing music with an apocalyptic sci-fi bent last night. But they weren't watching the headliner Muse. While a trickle of committed fans progged out with the English hard rock trio, all the action was deep in the Sahara tent last night, where the 26-year-old Sonny Moore led a beyond-capacity crowd in a reverie of the restless, insistent party music he makes as Skrillex. The producer is one of the kingpins of the American EDM wave, riding a tide of harsh bass music to the headliner slot of almost ever major electronic music fest in the U.S. But after the surprise release of his new album "Recess," which touches on deep reggae, K-pop and a thousand other influences, his Coachella set cemented just how much bigger his project is. PHOTOS: Coachella Day 1 | Day 2 Moore took the stage in an update of his spaceship stage motif, where he appears to be performing in the cockpit of some junked "Star Wars" fighter plane.
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