MIAMI (AP) - Florida International University is taking over an undersea research lab in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's small moon-orbiting spacecraft LADEE (pronounced LAH'-dee) is no more. Flight controllers confirmed early Friday that LADEE crashed into the back side of the moon.
CAPTION FROM NASA:
Saturn and its rings completely fill the field of view of Cassini's narrow-angle camera in this natural-color image taken on March 27, 2004. This is the last single `eyeful' of Saturn and its rings achievable with the narrow-angle camera on approach to the planet. From now until orbit insertion, the rings will be larger than the camera's field of view. The image is a composite of three exposures in red, green, and blue, taken when the spacecraft was 47.7 million kilometers (29.7 million miles) from the planet. The image scale is 286 kilometers (178 miles) per pixel.
Color variations between atmospheric bands and features in the southern hemisphere of the planet, as well as subtle color differences across Saturn's middle B ring, are now more distinct than ever. Color variations generally imply different compositions. The nature and causes of any compositional differences in both the atmosphere and the rings are major questions to be investigated by Cassini scientists as the mission progresses.
The bright blue sliver of light in the northern hemisphere is sunlight passing through the Cassini Division in Saturn's rings and being scattered by the cloud-free upper atmosphere.
Two faint dark spots are visible in the southern hemisphere. These spots are close to the latitude where Cassini saw two storms merging in mid-March. The fate of the storms visible here is unclear. They are getting close and will eventually merge or squeeze past each other. Further analysis of such dynamic systems in Saturn's atmosphere will help scientists understand their origins and complex interactions.
Moons visible in this image are (clockwise from top right): Enceladus (499 kilometers, 310 miles across), Mimas (398 kilometers, 247 miles across), Tethys (1060 kilometers, 659 miles across), and Epimetheus (116 kilometers, 72 miles across). Epimetheus is dim and appears just above the left edge of the rings. Brightnesses have been exaggerated to aid visibility.
The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Cassini-Huygens mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The imaging team is based at the Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colorado.
Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute Released: April 29, 2004 (PIA 05389) Image/Caption Information
External link: http://ciclops.lpl.arizona.edu/PR/2004D29/PR2004D29A.html
GAUTIER, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say a storm packing powerful straight-line winds has overturned around a dozen campers in the coastal Mississippi community of Gautier.
ORDWAY, Colo. (AP) — An expected effect of drought has caught parts of the West off guard.
COLFAX, Calif. (AP) — There's gold in them dry hills!
BOSTON (AP) — As the East Coast shivers through an unusually cold early spring, parts of New England are bracing for a storm that could bring additional snow.
I remember at a very early age setting up my first rain gauge. I did not know it would be the beginning of a life long passion for measuring and forecasting weather. During my thirty year career in weather I have meet many folks that share my love for meteorology. Some are in the field but many are enthusiasts who make it a hobby.
SARASOTA, Fla. - An astronomical event had many people seeing red overnight -- the so-called "blood moon". For some, this lunar eclipse carries a lot of significance.
It has long be know that the large scale warming and cooling of the central and east-central equatorial Pacific waters has a large impact on global weather. This warming and cooling goes by the names El Nino and La Nina respectively (see photo courtesy NASA) and flip flops between phases periodically. When the water is neither warm or cool we call it a neutral phase.
(BPT) - Parents and kids alike sigh with relief at the end of another successful school year. Yet years of studies show that summer “brain drain” is a very real phenomenon, and where kids are intellectually at the end of one school year isn’t always where they are when they begin a new one. Over the summer, the average student loses more than two months of grade-level equivalency in math skills.
Climate science is enormously complex, and irresponsible commentators like Patrick Buchanan (Oct. 17 Times column) hopelessly muddle the facts. Here are three red-flag arguments used by those who grossly misunderstand global warming or aim to mislead.
SARASOTA - All this month we've been giving you a more personal side of the men you see on TV here every day on ABC 7. Now we're getting to know a little more about the always charismatic morning meterologist, John Scalzi.
In a rare November outbreak of tornado activity five people have lost their lives and many more remain missing. Scores of home have been removed from their foundations and power is out to tens of thousands. The Storm Prediction Center graphic below indicates over 80 tornado reports. But how will the meteorologist determine which of the reports are real tornado touch downs, which are duplicate reports and which are reports of just strong wind?
ABC 7's Chief Meteorologist Bob Harrigan has been forecasting Suncoast weather for 28 years. You can watch Bob's forecasts weekdays at 5 pm, 5:30 pm, 6 pm and 11 pm.
MOSCOW (AP) -- With a blinding flash and a booming shock wave, a meteor blazed across the sky over Russia's Ural Mountains region Friday and exploded with the force of an atomic bomb, injuring more than 1,000 people as it blasted out windows and spread panic in a city of 1 million.
(ARA) - Starting an environmentally friendly routine at home is a goal for many families who are concerned with reducing their environmental footprints. The age-old reduce, reuse and recycle mantra is a great start, but what many don't know is that there are also simple changes you can make to your health and beauty routine that can make a big impact on the environment. Who knew "green" preening could be so easy?
(ARA) - Seattle residents still recall how their hilly city streets once turned into skating rinks as cars, wheels spinning on ice, crashed into parked vehicles. It was like a game of bumper cars.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- A 150-foot asteroid hurtled through Earth's backyard Friday, coming within an incredible 17,150 miles and making the closest known flyby for a rock of its size. In a chilling coincidence, a meteor exploded above Russia's Ural Mountains just hours before the asteroid zoomed past the planet.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- A gray-tufted monkey strapped in a pod resembling an infant's car seat rode an Iranian rocket into space and returned safely, officials said Monday in what was described as a step toward Tehran's goal of a manned space flight.
TOKYO (AP) -- North Korea's underground nuclear test shows it is making big strides toward becoming a true nuclear power. But the test may also reveal key clues the secretive nation might have hoped to hide about how close, or how far away, it is from fielding a nuclear weapon capable of striking the United States or its allies.