Lyrid Meteor Shower - 04/21/14

Are you a fan of astronomy?  I know I am... but it looks like Mother Nature will get in the way for the peak of the Lyrid Meteor Shower this year.  Overnight tonight, between midnight and dawn Tuesday morning will be the best time to see up to 20 meteors per hour.  But a weak front will pass through keeping viewing conditions poor.  The good news?  If you really want to spot a few, they will still be visible for a couple of days after the peak period and conditions Tuesday & Wednesday night are perfect.  Plus, according to Space.com the Lyrids isn't one of the top showers of the year.  The Perseids and the Geminids will produce a better showing. 

 

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PORN SAFETY STANDARDS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Some porn stars don't like California's proposed regs. The safety standards wouldn't be restricted to below the belt. Sex performers would even be required to wear protective eye gear in some situations. Producers of X-rated videos would also have to pay for medical tests and hepatitis B vaccine. The porn stars say if the new rules go in effect their adult videos will look like medical shows.

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STRANDED BEER DRINKERS

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) -- At least they didn't go thirsty. Hundreds of people at an Alaska beer fest were stranded because of a broken down ferry. The Alaska Marine Highway System suffered a mechanical problem Sunday, during the annual Great Alaska Craft Beer and Home Brew Festival in Haines. The Juneau Empire reports many of those left high and dry scrambled to make alternative travel plans, including flights home.

MAINE PARK PASSES

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- It's just what the doctor ordered. Maine's primary care physicians are giving out more than 13,000 free Maine State Park Passes. The park freebies are to go to pediatric patients and families starting today. There's no rush to use those park passes. They're good through December.

CLEAN BEACHES

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) -- "Keep it Beachy Clean." That's the message to folks visiting Virginia Beach. The campaign is reminding beach-goers in the Virginia resort city to pick up their trash, don't leave cigarette butts and clean up after Fido. The Virginian-Pilot reports cigarette receptacles are being installed on the Boardwalk and at hotel entrances. Hotels will also get pocket ashtrays to hand out to guests.

 
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