January 29, 2014 |
First, federal regulators couldn't explain the possible health dangers posed by the mysterious coal-cleansing chemical that spilled into West Virginia's drinking water -- except that pregnant woman shouldn't drink it even after the water had been declared safe for everyone else. Then the chemical company responsible for the spill belatedly admitted a second, equally unpronounceable chemical containing ether also had been dumped into the water. Now comes this warning for hundreds of thousands of West Virginians: They may be inhaling formaldehyde while showering in the tainted water, which was declared safe for human consumption a week after the Jan. 9 spill into the Elk River just north of downtown Charleston.
January 3, 2014 |
The first meteor shower of 2014 peaks this week, and you can watch the show online, right here. Beginning at 3:30 p.m. PST and continuing through the night, the website Slooh.com will be streaming live video of the night sky from its telescopes in the Canary Islands and Arizona. The meteor shower, known as the Quadrantids, is a tricky one to catch. Although it can occasionally provide impressive displays of more than 100 meteors per hour, astronomers at EarthSky.org note that it has a very short peak time that lasts just a few hours.
December 13, 2013 |
The Geminid meteor shower is peaking Friday night, and you won't want to miss it. It is one of the most prolific showers of the year -- and also one of the weirdest. Under perfect viewing conditions, skywatchers can hope to see 100 to 120 meteors per hour during the Geminid peak. Unfortunately, conditions are not perfect this year. The moon is getting close to full and its light wll block out some of the dimmer meteors. But don't let that stop you from taking in the show. NASA says Geminid meteors are so bright that about half of them will still be visible even by the light of the moon.
December 13, 2013 |
The Geminid meteor shower peaks on Friday night, and you can watch the show live, right here. The live broadcast, brought to you courtesy of the website Slooh.com, was slated to start at 2:30 p.m. PST, but there was some weather interference making it difficult for its Canary Island telescope to see anything at all. The site says it will switch to streaming live footage of the shower from a telescope in Chile at 4:30 p.m. PST. The Geminid...
December 12, 2013 |
Skywatchers who brave the cold this weekend will be rewarded with the best views of the Geminid meteor shower. The annual Geminids, named for the stellar constellation Gemini, will peak between 9 p.m. Friday and first light Saturday. Meteors are expected at a rate of 100 to 120 an hour. Some space experts say the best time to watch may be after the moon sets just before dawn on Saturday morning. "We'll have interference from moonlight in the sky this year," Robert Naeye, editor in chief of Sky & Telescope magazine said in a statement, "but the brighter meteors will shine through anyway.
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November 20, 2013 |
Small amounts of rain began falling across the Los Angeles area Wednesday night as a weakening cold front moved over the area, ushering in cooler and wet weather expected to last for several days. The National Weather Service said that a couple of systems would result in rain, high winds, cooler weather and snow through Friday night. About half an inch of rain or less was expected in most areas, and up to an inch could fall in mountain and foothill areas, the agency said.