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January 2, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Video streaming by Ustream The Quadrantid meteor shower will peak early Thursday morning, and if you don't want to face the January cold to enjoy the show, you can watch it right here, thanks to a live broadcast from NASA. Unfortunately, you'll still have to wake up in the early-morning darkness to see the show live. According to, the best viewing will probably be from 3  to 5 a.m. PST on Thursday.  The Quadrantid is a meteor shower that occurs each January when the Earth passes through debris left from comet 2003 EH1. The bits of rocky debris will enter our atmosphere at 90,000 mph and burn up 50 miles above the Earth's surface, NASA said in a release .  The top 10 embarrassing tech flops of 2012 In theory, the show should be pretty spectacular -- the Quadrantid has a maximum rate of about 100 meteors an hour, but the glare from the waning gibbous moon may make the fainter of those meteors hard to see. Sky & Telescope predicts that sky watchers either out in the field, or online, can expect to see about one shooting star a minute.  The Quadrantid meteor shower was first seen in 1825 and is named after the constellation of Quadrans Muralis, which is no longer recognized by astronomers.
December 13, 2012 | By Karen Kaplan
Earthlings will have a good chance of witnessing shooting stars between sunset Thursday and sunrise Friday, courtesy of the Geminid meteor shower. Dozens of bright objects will streak across the sky each hour between dusk and dawn as the annual Geminid show reaches its peak, according to the editors of StarDate magazine at the McDonald Observatory at the University of Texas in Austin. This year's display will not be impeded by light from the moon, since it will set shortly after the sun does.
November 22, 2012 | By Nita Lelyveld, Los Angeles Times
Give thanks for the nearly new Nikes, left abandoned beneath the 101 Freeway overpass. They were just M.J.'s size. He had needed shoes, but had no money to buy them. Give thanks for the tote bag, holding the Vienna sausages that Sam hands M.J. on Hollywood Boulevard. Sam is 4 1/2 months pregnant with her fifth child - their third together - and by April, when the baby is due, she and M.J. , both 26, hope to have a roof over their heads. Give thanks especially for My Friend's Place, provider of the sausages and so much more.
November 16, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Stargazers, get psyched: The Leonid meteor shower is expected to peak late Friday night and continue through the weekend. If you can find a clear, dark spot where the starry night sky is visible, you can expect to see as many as 15 to 20 shooting stars per hour.  The Leonid meteor shower takes place each November as the Earth passes through a ring of rocky debris left by the comet Tempel-Tuttle. The number of shooting stars we get to see down here is determined by what part of the comet's orbit we pass through on any given year.
November 16, 2012 | By Jon Bardin
The annual Leonid meteor shower, hotly anticipated by many stargazers, will peak overnight around midnight on the West Coast. During the height of this year's shower, experts expect to see roughly 15 to 20 meteors per hour, though such predictions have been known to be off by quite a bit. And while that number is much lower than in some years - the Leonid, in its prime, involves more than 1,000 meteors per hour - the conditions this year look...
November 1, 2012 | By Brian Bennett
ASHAROKEN, N.Y. -- The police department, village clerk and mayor's office here all share a three-room, white shingle house 100 feet from the marsh grasses of Northport Bay. In the wake of Sandy, police officers and the clerk were pulling up wet carpet Thursday morning, and there was still no power. The village's 87 years of records were high and dry, stacked in boxes on a large table. The surging bay had flooded the office Monday and filled the road on the other side with four feet of water.
October 18, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The bright fireball in the sky Wednesday night that surprised Bay Area residents may or may not be part of the Orionid meteor shower that will peak this weekend. Some media reports say it was the beginning of the annual meteor event but Phil Plait on Discover Magazine's blog writes: "A lot of folks are speculating that this is part of the Orionid shower, which peaks this weekend. The direction and timing for the meteor are wrong for that though, so it's certainly not an Orionid.
October 12, 2012 | Dan Weikel
The first Pacific storm of the season brought scattered showers and thunderstorms across the region Thursday, snarling traffic in urban areas and triggering flash floods and debris flows in several parts of Los Angeles County. National Weather Service officials said the heaviest rain hit much of the eastern Los Angeles area and the San Gabriel Valley, where it created the potential for flash flooding as well as mudslides. One to two inches of rain were recorded in those areas late Thursday afternoon, authorities said, and more showers were predicted through the evening, increasing the risk.
August 11, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
The Perseid meteor shower is expected to result in a dazzling display of shooting stars this weekend. And NASA would like your help counting them. The nation's space agency has developed an app for Android and iPhones to help amateur sky-watchers "count meteors in a scientific way and report the results to us," according to Bill Cooke, head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. Tweet us your Perseid photos at #LATPerseid The Perseid meteor shower data collected by your smartphone can be used by Cooke's office to study and model the Perseid debris stream.
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