August 30, 2013 |
Looking for a Labor Day sky-watching plan? Keep your eye out for Jupiter. The giant gaseous planet will be the second-brightest body in the sky, after the moon, this weekend, and you won't be able to miss it, according to EarthSky.org. The bummer for late-night partiers is that the best view of the planet will be early in the morning, some time around dawn. But early risers will have a front-row seat to the show. At 6 a.m. on Saturday morning, look low in the sky to the East to find Jupiter right next to a thin crescent moon.
August 30, 2013 |
“Blue moon, You saw me standing alone Without a dream in my heart Without a love of my own” The Lorenz Hart-Richard Rodgers romantic standard “Blue Moon” plays a significant role in Woody Allen's new drama “Blue Jasmine.” It is “the song” of the emotionally shattered former socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) and her late husband, the Bernie Madoff-esque Hal (Alec Baldwin). As Jasmine further descends into disillusion and madness, the song becomes her refuge from reality.
August 27, 2013 |
Scientists using a NASA instrument aboard an Indian spacecraft have discovered signs of water native to the moon - not brought from far away, but water that must have been locked beneath the lunar crust since its birth. The discovery by the ill-fated Chandrayaan-1 lunar probe represents the first time researchers have found signs of native water remotely. The results, published in the journal Nature Geoscience, offer further evidence that the moon has its own indigenous source of water.
August 23, 2013 |
NASA has sent a spacecraft to study the moon's surface and another to probe its "lumpy" gravity field, and now it's sending a new explorer to taste its atmosphere. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission will seek to study the vanishingly thin lunar "air" before commercial space-goers in the coming years potentially start disrupting the near-pristine environment. The $280-million mission is set for launch Sept. 6 at 11:27 p.m. EDT, LADEE scientists said Thursday during a news conference.
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August 21, 2013 |
It wasn't actually blue, but it was bright and it was rare as many Southern Californians turned to social media overnight to post their snapshots of the "blue moon. " Even early-morning commuters Wednesday were able to catch the last of the rare blue moon as it faded into daylight. Despite its billing, the moon wasn't actually blue (that only occurs after a volcano erupts or a major forest fire sends ash into the air, which acts as a filter). The reason for the title can be convoluted, but the short answer for the one that emerged Tuesday night: It was an extra summer moon . Meanwhile, skygazers took to social media to share snapshots that, literally, can only be taken once in a blue moon. Tonight's #BlueMoon over whittier, ca w plane passing by pic.twitter.com/Vyqe2gQlZH - Raul Roa (@raulroa)
August 20, 2013 |
There's a rare blue moon rising on Tuesday night and the good news is that you can't miss it if you take the time to look up. The slightly disappointing news is that the moon won't actually look any bluer than usual. It will still be its familiar silvery self, and because it is a full moon it will also be very round and bright. So, why is tonight's full moon called a blue moon? PHOTOS: Moons of the solar system The answer is convoluted. There are actually two definitions for the term.
August 7, 2013 |
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Los Angeles State Historic Park HARD Day of the Dead, Nov. 2-3; Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Oct. 17-20 (Fri.) Theatre at Honda Center 93.1 Jack FM presents Blondie and more, Sept. 21 (Fri.) Shrine Expo Hall Afrojack, Oct. 4 (now) Shrine Auditorium Empire of the Sun, Oct. 31 (Fri.) Fox Theatre Pomona Sleeping With Sirens, Nov. 21 (now)
August 1, 2013 |
"Europa Report" is a Grade A version of a B picture, a streamlined science fiction story that smartly tells a familiar tale without breaking the bank. Though modern moviemaking often mandates that science fiction be synonymous with multimillion-dollar expenditures, director Sebastian Cordero and a crack team including cinematographer Enrique Chediak and production designer Eugenio Caballero (who won an Oscar for Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth") have crafted a visually sophisticated film that elegantly involves audiences on a budget of less than $10 million.
August 1, 2013 |
Enceladus, the icy moon that circles Saturn and shoots out jets of water, emits a much larger amount of water at the farthest point in its orbit, according to a new study published in the journal Nature. The discovery backs up a years-old theory and provides the researchers with fresh insight into this geophysically intriguing body. Enceladus, named after one of the giant children of mother Earth in Greek mythology, has long intrigued planetary scientists (as well as astrobiologists wondering if primitive life could exist in extreme environments)
July 31, 2013 |
Saturn may be best known for its iconic rings, but the giant planet is also host to more than 53 moons, each one a fascinating and distinct world of its own. In the ghostly image above, captured by NASA's Cassini mission, you can see two members of Saturn's massive moon family -- Mimas and Pandora -- glowing brightly above Saturn's smooth gray rings. The large, round moon toward the top of the image is Mimas, the smallest of Saturn's major moons. It is 246 miles across, and scientists believe it is made almost entirely of water ice. Photos: Stunning moons of the solar system Cassini was approximately 690,000 miles away from Mimas when it took this image, but if you look closely you can still spot the enormous 80-mile wide crater that spreads over a large chunk of the moon's surface.