Mars is approaching Earth for a 15-year close encounter on July 27. The Red Planet is now so bright that it is experiencing forms of atmospheric optics normally reserved for objects like the sun and the moon. Recently, an astronomer in Sweden watching Mars witnessed a rare green flash. Visit Spaceweather.com for a video of the phenomenon and more information about the Martian brightening.
"Or take a stroll over to Ink Dwell, the new studio of painter Jane Kim, who specializes in ornate audoban-style murals of still wildlife...” (One Day One Place: Half Moon Bay, July 11, by Greg Thomas, S.F. Chronicle travel editor)
An El Granada woman accused of setting fire to bales of hay twice in one week in Half Moon Bay claims that she also burned up $20,000 in cash to prevent "the zombie apocalypse."
While San Bruno police arrested 25 for illegal fireworks, the Pacifica Police Department activity report indicates that PPD arrested only one person for illegal fireworks, on Kent Road, at 9:17 p.m. Pacifica and San Bruno are the only two San Mateo County cities that allow sales of legal fireworks. Big Banker says that Pacifica on July 4 sounded like "the war in Iraq." Of 128 complaints received by the county sheriff, only one citation was issued (see second link above).
See my pictures of the red rocks of Colorado and Utah, shot from Amtrak's westbound California Zephyr on June 28, 2018.
Caltrans continues asphalt grinding/paving weeknights from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. until November 2.
On the heels of a new study showing that flight attendants have an elevated risk of cancer compared to the general population, Spaceweather.com and the students of "Earth to Sky Calculus" recently boarded a plane to New Zealand carrying an array of cosmic ray sensors. During their 13-hour flight across the South Pacific, the team detected secondary cosmic rays in the passenger compartment almost 40 times stronger than on the ground below. Their "haul" of radiation included a significant number of neutrons captured in portable bubble chambers. Read Spaceweather.com for the full story.
All about where our drinking water comes from, one of those things not to take for granted.
A NextDoor reader almost lost her pet pup when he chewed on some sugarless gum containing xylitol. Read her WARNING letter at the link above.
A comet that could become visible to the naked eye in August has exploded in brightness, suddenly increasing its luminosity 16-fold. Whatever happened on Comet PANSTARRS (C/2017 S3) on July 1 has given it an expanding green atmosphere almost twice the size of the planet Jupiter. Visit Spaceweather.com for pictures and more information about this approaching comet.
Who knew you could get high by licking a stamp!