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February 18, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Thanks to a powerful solar flare , the northern lights are on tour -- sort of. Locals and lucky travelers in Northern Ireland this week have seen the dazzling ribbons of color usually reserved for higher latitudes. The reason? Particles from the solar flare that have started to rain down on Earth also have made the lights, a.k.a. the aurora borealis, visible to more people. (The magnetic showers expected to last to midday Friday also have the potential to down power grids and interrupt communications, according to this National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration update .)
February 17, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
Radiation from the largest solar flare in four years is expected to reach the Earth Thursday and Friday, potentially interfering with communication and navigation satellites and disrupting ground-based communication networks and power grids. The rain of charged particles from the so-called coronal mass ejections, or CMEs, should also enhance the northern lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, making them both more prominent and visible farther south, perhaps even into the northern tier of the United States, experts said.
February 13, 2010 | Chris Erskine
And the Oscar for the opening ceremony goes to . . . me? I was in the audience Friday, one of those human pixels waving flashlights and battery-powered candles. Just leave the statuette on my porch, thanks so much. How did I do it? You don't want to know. Let me just say that the press area I was in was pretty low-tech. What you did was write your story on your wrist. Then a volunteer in a blue jacket took a picture of it and sent it by dog sled on to the main media center back in Ottawa.
January 10, 2010
IRELAND 'Emerald Castle Package' On the Aer Lingus Vacation Store's six-night "Emerald Castle Package," you get round-trip airfare and a full week's car rental to explore the Emerald Isle. For lodging, you get a night at Dublin's Croke Park Hotel, three at your choice of bed-and-breakfasts, one at Ireland's renowned 13th century Ashford Castle and a final night in Dublin. Itinerary: Dublin to County Mayo and back Dates: Available through March 10 (or through Oct. 31 at higher prices)
March 25, 2009
Top prime-time shows For the week ended Sunday, 18-to-49 age group: 1 American Idol (Wed.) Fox, 11.4 million viewers 2 American Idol (Tues.) Fox, 10.7 3 Dancing With the Stars ABC, 7.1 4 Desperate Housewives ABC, 6.6 5 Grey's Anatomy ABC, 6.5 Top cable shows For the week ended Sunday: 1 WWE Raw (10 p.m. Mon.) USA, 5.4 million viewers 2 WWE Raw (9 p.m. Mon.) USA, 5.2 3 Hannah Montana Disney, 4.5 4 Saturday Movie: "Northern Lights" Lifetime, 4.5 5 SpongeBob SquarePants Nickelodeon, 4.3 -- Source: Nielsen Media Research
January 18, 2009 | Madeline Drexler
Iceland is famous for two kinds of night life. One is the manic weekend reveling in the capital, Reykjavik, where young folk stream from bar to bar in the narrow cobblestone streets, drinking, dancing and striking occasional sparks until daybreak.
July 26, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
NASA released findings Thursday that indicate magnetic explosions about one-third of the way to the moon cause the northern lights, or aurora borealis, to dance across the sky in spectacular shapes and colors. A fleet of five small satellites, called Themis, observed the beginning of a geomagnetic storm in February, while ground observatories recorded the brightening of the northern lights. A team led by UCLA scientist Vassilis Angelopoulos confirmed that the observed storm about 80,000 miles from Earth was triggered by a phenomenon known as magnetic reconnection.
January 20, 2008 | William Georgiades, Special to The Times
In 1983, Pat Barker was named one of the best young British novelists by the literary magazine Granta. The list, which has proven to be prescient, also included Ian McEwan, Julian Barnes, Martin Amis and Salman Rushdie, among others. Barker could not have differed more from her fellow honorees.
February 11, 2007 | Rachel D'Oro, Associated Press Writer
For newlyweds Jun and Chisako Shibata, the perfect honeymoon meant standing on a steep Alaska mountain in the freezing darkness, gazing at the dancing lights in the sky. "Amazing," Chisako Shibata said of the surreal aurora borealis a short drive from Chena Hot Springs Resort deep in Alaska's interior. All around them were other Japanese tourists gasping at each twist in the shimmering curtains of green and plum.
January 21, 2007 | Nina Revoyr, Nina Revoyr is the author of the novels "Southland" and "The Necessary Hunger."
EARLY in Vendela Vida's second novel, "Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name," Clarissa Iverton learns that the man who raised her after her mother abandoned the family wasn't actually her father. When Clarissa discovers that her fiance was also in on the secret, her outrage and shock take her out of New York and all the way to Lapland, where she was born.
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