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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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Talk about your bracket busters. Officials in Nebraska are telling lawmakers if they want to watch the NCAA basketball tournament -- they'll have to do it after work. Legislative and judicial administrators have been informed through email that Web sites for streaming the NCAA tournament are blocked on the Capitol's network. Officials say when too many people stream the games, the Internet bogs down for official state business. Already the state blocks sites that feature gambling, pornography -- and sites that are notorious for malware.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Hold the mayo -- and the two-wheelers? The governor of Utah has approved a measure that will, in effect, ban bicycles from using drive-thru lanes at restaurants. Gary Herbert has approved a bill to override a mandate in Salt Lake City that lets bikers queue-up along with cars, trucks and other vehicles at drive-thru windows. The Salt Lake City rule says restaurants must serve those on two wheels if they close their lobby -- but continue to offer drive-thru service. Salt Lake City officials say the law would make the city less car-dependent. But opponents say having cyclists mingle with vehicles in a drive-thru lane is dangerous.

 
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