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May 10, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
The sun is ramping up toward solar maximum -- the white-hot peak of activity in an 11-year cycle -- and NASA has been snapping images of the phenomenon every 12 seconds for three years. The space agency put together a three-minute video showing images taken by the Solar Dynamic Observatory since spring 2010. As the Los Angeles Times' Deborah Netburn reported last month, the NASA video stitches together two SDO images per day over the three-year period. Alex Young, a heliophysicist at Goddard Space Flight Center, narrates the video to point up some of the sun's best-of moments in that time frame.
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May 10, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
The sun is ramping up toward solar maximum -- the white-hot peak of activity in an 11-year cycle -- and NASA has been snapping images of the phenomenon every 12 seconds for three years. The space agency put together a three-minute video showing images taken by the Solar Dynamic Observatory since spring 2010. As the Los Angeles Times' Deborah Netburn reported last month, the NASA video stitches together two SDO images per day over the three-year period. Alex Young, a heliophysicist at Goddard Space Flight Center, narrates the video to point up some of the sun's best-of moments in that time frame.
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BUSINESS
December 21, 2005 | From Reuters
France's competition watchdog fined a unit of Walt Disney Co., French retailers Casino and Carrefour and wholesaler SDO a total of 14.4 million euros ($17.25 million) for alleged price fixing. France's Competition Council said Disney's distributor in France, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, kept prices of tapes of children's features "artificially high" by agreeing on them with Casino, Carrefour and SDO between 1995 and 1998.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 1987
San Diego Opera has announced that Hungarian tenor Janos Nagy will replace Giuseppe Giacomini as Manrico in Verdi's "Il Trovatore." The San Diego production opens Feb. 27. According to SDO general director Ian Campbell, "Giacomini has not claimed illness, and the reason (for his cancellation) appears to be connected with the devalued dollar."
SCIENCE
January 31, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
On Thursday morning, at exactly 5:31 a.m. Pacific time, the moon passed across the face of the sun, at least from the perspective of NASA's space-based Solar Dynamics Observatory. Although the SDO sees two to three lunar transits of this ilk a year, this one was especially cool for a few reasons. 1. At 2.5 hours, it was the longest lunar transit that the SDO has observed in its four years in space. 2. If you watch the video above closely, you can see the sun release a solar flare and a coronal mass ejection (CME)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 1991
We were pleased to be included in your informative Oct. 22 article ("San Diego Arts Groups Reach Out," View). We regret, however, that no attention was given to San Diego Opera's extraordinarily dedicated volunteers and two vital education programs that function only through their efforts. Last year alone this company's docents, a pillar of SDO's outreach activities for many years, gave 255 free presentations to schools and organizations throughout San Diego County. Earlier this year, in its first season of operation, our puppet program gave nearly 60 performances in schools.
SCIENCE
November 28, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Comet ISON is going to make its closest approach to the sun today, but whatever you do, don't look. Even if the powerful radiation from the sun causes the gas and dust in the comet to glow as brightly as the full moon, it would still not be visible in the daytime sky. The sun's light would completely block it out.  "We don't want people waving binoculars and telescopes toward the sun," said Karl Battams, a heliophysicist at the Naval Research...
BUSINESS
March 20, 1986 | GREG JOHNSON, Times Staff Writer
San Diego Gas & Electric Co. officials are planning to hold a shareholders meeting April 22 but they aren't sure which company--the 105-year-old gas and electric utility or a proposed multifaceted holding company that SDG&E wants to create--will act as host. The confusion has been generated by a time-consuming state Public Utility Commission review of the holding company proposal, which, if approved, would allow the utility to diversify into non-utility businesses.
SCIENCE
February 22, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
And you thought acid rain was bad? As it turns out, it literally rains fire on the sun. In a video released this week, NASA highlighted yet another beautiful, hellish phenomenon of our nearest star, coronal rain. Thanks to the sun's magma twisting and braiding and swirling the star's countless magnetic fields every which way, occasionally things get a little messy. Such as on July 19, when a moderately powerful solar flare burst hot plasma out from the surface. As the material cooled and condensed, it traced along the magnetic fields arcing back to the sun's surface, creating a glowing, reddish-yellow arch of searing plasma raining back onto the sun. The size of these arcs of death rain is highlighted at 1:06 into the movie when Earth is shown next to them in scale.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 2002 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN and JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A third man was attacked early Monday morning near the spot where a 33-year-old actor and a friend were beaten with a baseball bat and a metal pipe, Los Angeles County Sheriff's said Thursday. Both incidents are being investigated as hate crimes, officials said. Officials said the third victim made his report Thursday, after learning of the first attack, which left Treve Broudy in critical condition. "It was the same night. The same street. The same exact MO," said Deputy Donald M.
BUSINESS
March 7, 1990 | JAMES FLANIGAN
What's behind Harold Simmons' proxy battle for control of Lockheed--and why should you care? Because the battle exemplifies a couple of trends affecting companies and financial markets in the new decade. One is the increasing difficulties encountered by investors such as Simmons who want to acquire companies--or at least make a profit from stock market action resulting from takeover talk.
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