December 13, 2012 |
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.
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November 22, 2012 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
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October 12, 2012 |
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 |
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.
August 10, 2012 |
The annual Perseid meteor shower begins late Friday night, with the peak occurring in the early hours of Sunday morning local time. The number of visible meteors is generally lower than during December's Geminid meteor shower, but the Perseids are frequently more observed because they occur during warmer weather and in a vacation month. The shower gets its name because it appears to originate in the constellation Perseus, but the stars have nothing to do with it. Meteors are actually fine bits of dust that originate within our solar system.