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 10, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Wall Street is chirping about Twitter, which seems to be defying gravity. Shares are setting record highs in midday trading Tuesday, soaring above $50, despite mixed reviews from analysts. The cause of investor enthusiasm: Twitter's move into more targeted advertising that has been a boon for Facebook. Analysts say these ads are potentially very lucrative for social networks under pressure from investors to wring more revenue from users. Twitter said last week that it was rolling out retargeting ads for its more than 230 million active users.
November 28, 2013 |
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...
November 22, 2013 |
DALLAS - It was, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said, as if the sky were weeping too. On a cold and rainy day, thousands gathered in downtown Dallas' Dealey Plaza to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The weather reminded those who were in Dallas 50 years ago of that day, also a Friday, which had dawned overcast but cleared to gleaming sunshine in time for Kennedy's arrival. On Friday, the skies never cleared. Rawlings unveiled a monument honoring Kennedy, engraved with words taken from the speech he was to have delivered at the Trade Mart.
November 14, 2013 |
It's easy to spot heavenly bodies in SoCal -- just check out the beach or your local gym -- but heavenly bodies of the celestial kind, well, not so much. That's where Joshua Tree National Park and its dark night skies can help. It is partnering with Celestron Telescopes , NASA, American Park Network and the Joshua Tree National Park Assn . to host a stargazing event for the public on Nov. 23 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. As part of "My Night Sky," stargazers will learn about the night sky from local experts and use a variety of telescopes from the most basic to high-powered computerized models.
November 8, 2013 |
If you fly only once or twice a year, it can be hard to pile up enough frequent-flier miles or points to get an award ticket. Signing up with credit card companies when bonuses are offered helps, but there are other ways to make what miles you do have work for you. Some airlines offer plans that allow you to pool your points as a family so you can qualify for a free ticket faster. This kind of program is most common among international carriers, but domestic airlines are starting to use this plan as well.
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November 6, 2013 |
People from Fresno to San Diego used Twitter Wednesday night to say they saw what resembled a meteor shower, bright lights or a fireball in the sky. A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration in Los Angeles said the agency had not received any reports about meteor showers or other similar phenomena. The Griffith Observatory said the only calls it had received were from reporters. Mary Slosson said she was driving eastbound on the 10 Freeway when she saw a "flare-up" that "looked like something burring up upon entry into the atmosphere" over the Culver City area. The flash of light caused drivers to hit their brakes and swerve to catch a glimpse, Slosson said.
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November 6, 2013 |
The flashes and bright lights that were reported across Central and Southern California on Wednesday night likely were long-lasting meteor streams known as the South Taurids, according to the National Weather Service. The Taurids are known for having exceptionally bright meteors. On Wednesday night, people used Twitter to describe what resembled a meteor shower, bright lights or fireballs in the sky. Mary Slosson said she driving eastbound on the 10 Freeway when saw a "flareup" that "looked like something burning up upon entry into atmosphere" over the Culver City area. The flash of light caused drivers to hit their brakes and swerve to catch a glimpse, Slosson said.
November 5, 2013 |
When Sky Ferreira turned up recently at an Echo Park watering hole to talk about her debut album, the singer's seen-it-all manner - joyless expression, slumped shoulders, eyes hidden behind dark sunglasses - hardly communicated the giddy excitement of an artist on her way up. But it wasn't entirely unexpected of someone who's been through what Ferreira has. In 2007, when she was 15, the Los Angeles native signed a major-label record deal after developing...
October 30, 2013 |
"I'll get you, Earth, and your little moon too!" Just in time for Halloween, researchers at JPL have stumbled across a nebula that looks like a warty wicked witch, seen in profile. The wicked witch head is actually a massive cloud of gas reflecting light from nearby stars. It is also a stellar nursery, said Amy Mainzer, an astronomer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The red dots clustered on the witch's pronounced chin are cool young stars being born. PHOTOS: Halloween spookiness from the deep, deep sea [video too!