National Perseid Meteor Watch This Weekend

first_imgUnstoppable Sean shows that all things are possible Advertisement ASTRONOMY Ireland is asking members of the public all across the 32 counties to watch the best meteor shower of the year “The Perseids” and count how many they see every 15 minutes. This is fun and has great scientific value.“Last year I was seeing 15 to 20 meteors every 15 minutes for several hours which is about 20 times what one would normally expect to see,” said David Moore, Editor of Astronomy Ireland magazine. “Many of them were extremely bright, which is what this shower is noted for,” he said.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The counts by members of the public are extremely useful to scientists as it allows the strength of the shower to be monitored from year to year. “This is how we know the Perseids always put on the best show of the year in August for many years. So there is great scientific value in simple counts done with nothing more than a clock and normal eyesight. No binoculars or telescopes should be used.” said Mr Moore.In 2018, the Perseids peak on Sunday night August 12th, but rates should be at least half as good on the night before and after Sunday night. “This is very useful, given the Irish weather, when the best night can often be clouded out, but the nights before and after Sunday night i.e. Saturday and Monday nights should still give 10 times more meteors than on a normal night,” said Mr Moore.“All people have to do is count how many ‘shooting stars’ (meteors is the correct term) they see every 15 minutes and send them to Astronomy Ireland’s website that night or the next day. The results of the nationwide survey will be published in Astronomy Ireland magazine which is archived in the National Library of Ireland for all time.” said Mr Moore.Perseid meteors can appear anywhere in the sky but their paths all point back to the constellation of Perseus in the northeast, but you can view any part of the sky, not just the northeast. A sun lounger is great for watching in comfort and avoiding neck pain.If a family group are viewing (a great idea) each person should keep their own count and not include meteors seen by others if they did not see them for themselves.Conditions are ideal this year with no Moon to brighten the sky and drown out the fainter Perseids. Those in rural locations with dark skies will get the best views but even city dwellers will see plenty. You can view all night long or just for one 15 minute interval if you wish. Skies will be dark enough from 10pm to 4am and the later you view usually the more you will see.Perseids are caused by sand grain sized particles that fell off a comet called Swift-Tuttle centuries or millennia ago. Every August the Earth ploughs through the orbit of this comet sweeping up this dust at a closing speed of over 100,000 miles per hour and the tiny particles vaporise instantly from friction with the upper atmosphere. There is no danger in watching them as they burn out 50 to 100 miles above the ground, 10 times higher than a jet aircraft.“This is a ‘celestial fireworks’ display provide free of charge by mother nature. We urge everyone on this island to spend at least an hour or two on Saturday, Sunday and/or Monday nights witnessing this natural spectacle.” said Mr Moore.Full details are online at where you can also submit your counts to be a part of National Perseid Watch 2018. Facebook Limerick on Covid watch list Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year TAGSAstronomyLimerick City and CountyMeteor Shower center_img Email Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Previous articleTraffic chaos predicted for MungretNext articleUpdate: Visitor Restrictions at UHL Staff Reporter Print NewsCommunityNational Perseid Meteor Watch This WeekendBy Staff Reporter – August 10, 2018 2164 WhatsApplast_img read more

Man shot in both legs in Derry shooting

first_imgNews Pinterest Man shot in both legs in Derry shooting WhatsApp A man is recovering in hospital after he was shot by a gunman who escaped on a motorcycle in Derry.The attack happened at Ballyarnett village shortly after 630pm yesterday evening.The man was shot once in both legs. He was taken to Altnagelvin Hospital. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.Foyle MLA Raymond Cartney, who lives nearby, said people  living close by said they were shocked by the shooting……[podcast][/podcast] Facebook Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal center_img By News Highland – November 16, 2011 Twitter Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleFoyle constituency has 4th highest unemployment rate in the UKNext articleMixed reaction to Tesco planning refusal in Ballybofey News Highland Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Gregg Allman Hosts Sensational ‘Laid Back Festival’ At Jones Beach [Full Audio]

first_imgGregg Allman’s inaugural Laid Back Festival was such a huge success last year that he decided to expand it to five venues this year. In a statement, Allman explained that “The idea was to put the Laid Back vibe on more than just the music. It had to be about food and drink too, and the people just loved it. So we’re coming back and taking it on the road!”Last night was the third stop in the tour and brought the festival back to the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY. The one day event attracted a near sell-out crowd and offered a wide selection of food, craft beer, wine and of course music.The music was split between two stages, allowing concert-goers easy access to the food vendors. Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band started things off on the Low Country Stage at 4pm, and the music continued seamlessly until 11pm, the latest that the local ordinances allow. Marshall Tucker Band, Orleans and America alternated between stages, playing nostalgic favorites before the sun began to set for Jason Isbell.The festival, named after Allman’s 1973 debut solo album, culminated with the rock legend finally taking the stage. As artful as ever, he guided his band through blues, rock and pop selections. Listen to the full set, recorded by taper Butch Almberg below.[Cover Photo by Shannon Williams]last_img read more

An opposing scout’s view of the Angels’ improving farm system

first_img Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros A rundown of some of the most notable players:Jo Adell: The 19-year-old was the Angels’ first-round pick in 2017. A center fielder, Adell has already risen through three levels, from short-season rookie ball to low-A to high-A. He is widely considered the top prospect in the farm system.“He’s still a ways away,” the scout said. “He looks beautiful in a uniform, but they were dominating him with the fastball. He’s got some timing issues he needs to straighten out. The swing is going to have to tighten up. The power is mistake power right now. … He’s going to end up being a corner outfielder.”Brandon Marsh: The Angels’ second-round pick in 2016, Marsh missed his first season with a back injury. Marsh, 20, started at Orem (Utah) last year, so he has just barely played one full season so far. Marsh has also risen to high-A.“Oh, I love that guy. He’s better than all of them. He can mash. He hits with power. He plays with a chip on his shoulder. He’s got some swag. He’s the best guy, for me, out of all those guys. Adell might have the highest ceiling because of the all the gifts he has, but this guy is already a better hitter than (Kole) Calhoun. He may get (to the majors) next year, at the end of the year.”Griffin Canning: The former UCLA and Santa Margarita High right-hander didn’t pitch in the minors in 2017 after the Angels took him in the second round, because the organization felt he needed a break from his heavy workload in college. So far in his first three months of professional baseball, the 22-year-old was quickly promoted out of high-A to Double-A. He’s started two combined no-hitters already. The Angels are moving him quickly, but being cautious with his pitch-counts.“Their best pitcher. He’s got it all. It’s just a matter of him being humbled a little bit and learning to pitch with more moxie. He’s got all the stuff. He’s going to be a fast mover. He’s going to get (to the majors) quickly.”José Suarez: The 20-year-old lefty from Venezuela has posted big strikeout numbers this season, rocketing from high-A to Double-A to Triple-A already.“I have him as a 3-4 type starter. He can really pitch. With him, (Jaime) Barría, (Tyler) Skaggs and if (Andrew) Heaney stays healthy, the Angels have some guys who can pitch. I’m more excited about those guys because those flamethrowers don’t last anymore. He touched 95 mph, but he pitched more at 91.”Joe Gatto: The last of the three pitchers in the organization this scout expected to be a productive major leaguer, Gatto has moved slowly through the system since he was the Angels’ second-round pick in 2014. Gatto, 23, didn’t reach Double-A until a month ago.“He can pitch a little bit. His velo was down a little bit, but he was at 96. I always liked him. I think he’s a serviceable bottom-of-the-rotation guy. He’ll be (in the majors).”Matt Thaiss: The Angels took Thaiss with their first-round pick in 2016 and immediately took him from behind the plate and put him at first base. Thaiss, 23, began this season at Double-A and was recently promoted to Triple-A, where he got off to a hot start.“He can swing it. He looks comfortable at first base. He’s going to be a big leaguer. I think he’ll hit for more power (than he’s shown) because he’ll get comfortable. He can make adjustments. It’s quite obvious the adjustments he’s made in his swing.”Jahmai Jones: The Angels took Jones with their second pick in 2015. An outfielder in his first three pro seasons, Jones moved this year at high-A to second base, a position he played in high school. Jones, 20, is thought to profile better there than the outfield because he wasn’t good enough defensively to play center and didn’t hit for enough power to play the corners.“His swing is somewhat robotic. I put a 40 (grade) on him, which is the next step up from an up-and-down guy. You can’t say he’d be a utility player, because he can only play one position. He can’t go to his left. He can’t throw from angles. He’s going to struggle (defensively at second).”Jesus Castillo: Lightly regarded when the Angels got him in the Joe Smith trade in July 2016, Castillo rose fairly quickly through the Angels’ system. Castillo, 22, made enough of an impression to be added to the 40-man roster last winter. He’s been at Double-A this season.“Non-prospect. He was throwing 84-89, with a little curveball and a changeup. Not much life in his presentation. Limited arm speed. I didn’t like him at all. Not very deceptive.”Luis Rengifo: The Angels got Rengifo from the Tampa Bay Rays for C.J. Cron just before spring training. A shortstop, Rengifo, 21, started at high-A and was already moved to Double-A.“He can mash, from both sides. He’s like Ketel Marte, with more pop.”Taylor Ward: The Angels’ top pick in 2015, Ward was believed to be an advanced defensive catcher with a bat that could come. This season the Angels moved Ward, 24, to third.Although the scout missed seeing Ward this year, because he was injured at the time, he said he’s not surprised the Angels abandoned catching: “I hated his disposition.”David Fletcher: A sixth-round pick out of Loyola Marymount in 2015, Fletcher earned his first big-league promotion last week. A Cypress High product, Fletcher, 24, has often been compared to David Eckstein, who was one of his favorite players while growing up in Orange County.“I like little guys that play big. He’s gritty. Scioscia has got to love him. He’s good at both short and second. His swing can get a little big, but I’m OK with that. He’s a baseball player. You win with guys like that. I’m not saying he’s going to hit first or bat .300, but he’s going to be a great piece.”UP NEXTAngels (Tyler Skaggs, 6-4, 2.81) vs. Blue Jays (Aaron Sanchez, 3-5, 4.35), Thursday, 7 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM)Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield ANAHEIM — In recent summers, when the Angels needed to make upgrades via trade, they were handicapped by a thin farm system.This time, thanks to General Manager Billy Eppler’s focus on upgrading the system, the Angels have what is considered to be one of the most improved organizations in baseball.In order to get an objective analysis of the state of the Angels’ farm system, to understand which prospects should be untouchable, which ones are valuable trade chips and which ones might be overrated, we consulted a scout.It is just one scout’s opinion, but he is an unbiased professional who has covered the Angels’ system for years, giving him history with all their key prospects. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error So far this year, he has seen all four of the Angels’ full-season clubs: low-A Burlington (Iowa), high-A Inland Empire, Double-A Mobile (Ala.) and Triple-A Salt Lake City.The scout, who requested anonymity because his club does not allow him to publicly share his reports, agrees the system is improved, overall.“You can see they’re making a conscious effort to get better, athletic players,” he said.Going for more athletic, “toolsy” players has been an emphasis of Eppler since his first draft in 2016. Under Jerry Dipoto, the Angels leaned more toward college players who might have been closer to the big leagues, even without ceilings as high.Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.While the scout said the young position player group is impressive, he said there are still only three pitchers he likes.last_img read more