October 13, 2014 |
THE COMMUNITY park in Jupiter, Fla., serves as a sprawling sports complex, packed with soccer and baseball fields, basketball and tennis courts. The fields don't feature bright-yellow uprights, but you could still sometimes stumble upon a small group of young men there, kicking and punting footballs. To them, the park is most valuable for its abundance of towering light poles. An exercise in pinpoint accuracy and elevation, clanking a football off a pole, of course, poses a more formidable test than booting one between uprights stationed 18 1/2 feet apart.
January 18, 2014 |
Blood may be thicker than water, but it's still no match for the Mendelssohn Octet or a nice late Haydn quartet. You might have spent the better part of Wednesday night's Philadelphia Chamber Music Society mash-up of the Jasper and Jupiter quartets pondering family dynamics; there are, among and within the two groups, three siblings and two marriages, all stemming from the impossibly musical surname of Freivogel. Filial layers extended into the local premiere in the Perelman Theater of Dan Visconti's Eternal Breath . The 2011 work was commissioned to honor the 40th wedding anniversary of Bill and Margaret Freivogel, progenitors both musical and familial as parents or parents-in-law to five of the players.
August 7, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - The NASA spacecraft Juno, en route to an unprecedented exploration of Jupiter and the origins of the solar system, lifted off Friday from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Juno launched aboard an Atlas 5 rocket at 12:25 p.m. into clear skies. The craft soared over the Atlantic then conducted two "burns" to set it on the right trajectory for a five-year, 1.7 billion-mile trip to Jupiter. "Today, with the launch of the Juno spacecraft, NASA began a journey to yet another new frontier," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said.
July 22, 2009 |
All you would-be Galileos, take note. On Sunday, an Australian amateur used his homemade telescope to discover a new spot on Jupiter - a finding of cosmic importance. Using two of the world's largest telescopes, astronomers from NASA and the University of California Berkeley announced yesterday that the spot was real and probably got there when a giant piece of ice or rock slammed into the fifth planet from the sun. Scientists say telescopes around the world will be turning to Jupiter this week to watch the Earth-sized scar.
March 1, 2004 |
Mars is getting all the attention right now, but five other members of the solar system will be getting close-up examinations this year. Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Titan, Saturn's planet-size moon, are slated for visits by spaceships bristling with scientific instruments. Astronomers say these missions through the solar system can shed new light on the origin, development and fate of our own planet. "We use these planets as laboratories for understanding how things work here on Earth," said Torrence Johnson, a planetary scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
September 7, 2003 |
Since departing for the heavens years ago, making an astro-widow of his wife, Donald McAlarnen has been listening for life on Jupiter. Not life as we know it, McAlarnen said one drizzly morning as he traced with his hand the width of the large radio telescope in his backyard. Life in the form of energy, massive energy, the kind of cataclysmic wallop produced when the electromagnetic fields of the solar system's largest planet collide with the molten sprays of sulfuric acid spewed into the atmosphere by its most intimate moon, Io. It is the sort of atomic love connection that McAlarnen has come to appreciate as an amateur astronomer and a cosmic eavesdropper whose day job is actually the night shift at Hewlett-Packard in King of Prussia.
December 31, 2001 |
Jupiter will ring in the new year by looming directly overhead at midnight, as close to Earth as it will get all year. This coincidence of Earth's orbit and Jupiter's has not happened since 1752 and will not happen again until New Year's Eve 2084, said Jack Horkheimer, director of the Miami Space Transit Planetarium. Moreover, Jupiter will be cozying up to a bright and nearly full moon. When the sun sets tonight, Jupiter will rise in the northeast and will slowly climb in the sky until it reaches its highest point at midnight.
March 15, 2001 |
Tony La Russa's office has become a celebrity lounge, just as Tommy Lasorda's used to be in Los Angeles. The manager's tiny office in the St. Louis Cardinals' spring-training headquarters, Richard Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla., is a name-dropper's paradise. On Monday, Bill Parcells was on the pass list. So were Jim Palmer and pop singer Richard Marx. Former Indiana coach Bob Knight stopped by over the weekend. The guy wearing a Cardinals cap next to La Russa during a "B" game last week was Mike Schmidt.
July 22, 2000 |
Earth may have a shy new neighbor. Astronomers announced late yesterday that they had accidentally found what appears to be a tiny new moon orbiting Jupiter. It would be the first new satellite of Jupiter discovered in 21 years. If confirmed, as scientists at the University of Arizona's Spacewatch program and Harvard University expect, it would be Jupiter's 17th moon. It was not easy to find. The unnamed moon, probably only three miles in diameter, is the smallest object orbiting any of the nine planets in our solar system, Harvard astronomer Brian Marsden said.