September 1, 2012 |
The moon won't be blue tonight. Or sad. Even if you sing the Rodgers & Hart song, "Blue Moon. " It's just another full moon, due to rise at 7:17 in Philadelphia, except for a statistical quirk: August already had one, on the 2d. These days, that gets it called a "blue moon" - because of a 1946 goof in Sky & Telescope Magazine. Until then, nobody used "blue moon" to mean "No. 2 full moon in 1 month. " The term was used, at least as far back as the 1930s by the Maine Farmers Almanac, in a much more complicated way. It referred to the third full moon when four fell in a single season.
August 30, 2012
Once upon a time, a man walked on the moon. He climbed down the ladder onto lunar soil, the first human being ever to do so. "That's one small step for [a] man," he famously said, "one giant leap for mankind. " It was one of history's greatest feats, and we had done it, we Americans. That man died Saturday of complications from a cardiovascular procedure. Neil Armstrong, a Korean War fighter pilot from small-town Ohio, was 82. He never spoke much about what he had done, shied away from publicity, never even wrote a memoir.
August 16, 2012
WASHINGTON - The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, founder of the Unification Church, is being treated for pneumonia in an intensive-care unit at a Seoul hospital. The Rev. Joshua Cotter, vice president of the Unification Church USA, said Moon entered the hospital on Monday and was in critical condition. He said church members were praying and fasting for his quick recovery. A memo sent to church officials early Wednesday states that Moon, 93, "was pushing his limits in carrying out his schedule" when he fell ill and that his wife and children were with him. - Associated Press
August 5, 2012 |
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly denounced Syria's crackdown on dissent Friday in a symbolic effort meant to push the deadlocked Security Council and the world at large into action on stopping the country's civil war. Before the vote, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reminded the Assembly of the fresh violence in the city of Aleppo and drew comparisons between the failure to act in Syria with the international community's failure...
May 31, 2012 |
A smorgasbord approach to theater: Luna Theater Company offers a festival of 10 10-minute plays all focused on the general theme of "Identity Crisis. " Ten playwrights, nine actors, five directors, and four designers team up to create these quickies. The advantage of a smorgasbord is that you get to taste a little bit of many things; some you like, some you don't. Each playlet is introduced by a video of silhouettes; the actors replace their shadow figures — although in one of the plays, Shelly, a man (David Sanger)
May 3, 2012 |
Don't look to the heavens for signs of apocalyptic prophecies coming true. But over the next month, the skies will offer several interesting sights, including a solar eclipse and a rare view of Venus crossing the sun. Only one sight, though, will be easy to view here. ( Weather-permitting , of course.) That's Saturday night's so-called "super moon," which will rise shortly before 8 p.m. While it's near the horizon will be the ideal time for viewing, says Franklin Institute astronomer Derrick Pitts.
January 20, 2012 |
Exercise and music go together nicely for all ages. On Saturday, kids can get motivated to exercise while singing along to some of their favorite songs when Lolly Hopwood and the Let's Play Today Bunch hit the stage at World Cafe Live. The pop and children's music cover band will perform songs from their debut album Go! Go! Go! The album is written by mother and musician Lolly Hopwood and Yvonne Kusters, the founder of the Let's Play Today international children's fitness organization.
January 12, 2012 |
On my way to the Painted Bride on Tuesday night, I looked into the cloudless sky to see a lustrous, bulging full moon, and thought, well, of course. Sandra Bernhard's new show was opening. The moon has nothing on Bernhard, the hard-working, outrageous stand-up comic, actor, and chanteuse whose lunacy is all her own. In an evening called I Love Being Me, Don't You? - also the name of her recently released first comedy album in a decade - she is every bit the outspoken, sometimes bizarre persona she has trademarked: the queen of pop-culture commentary, an earthy singer, a hilarious slasher of hypocrisy and everyday nonsense, with a mouth that could launch a thousand embarrassed sailors off course.
December 29, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - The New Year's countdown to the moon has begun. NASA said Wednesday that its twin spacecraft were on course to arrive back-to-back at the moon after a 31/2-month journey. "We're on our way there," said project manager David Lehman of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which manages the $496 million mission. The Grail probes - short for Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory - won't land on the lunar surface. Instead, they were poised to slip into orbit to study the uneven lunar gravity field.