FROM Edward Krupp
NASA Takes to the Internet to Dispel Doomsday Prophesies Internet rumors have persuaded many Americans that the world will end two weeks from tomorrow—Friday the 21st of December. We’ll hear about NASA’s social media campaign to convince the public that’s wrong.
The Mars Mission: Made in LA At 10:31 Sunday evening, Pacific Standard Time, the Mars Laboratory called " Curiosity " will land on the Red Planet, after decelerating from 13,000 miles an hour in just seven minutes. We hear about some of the reasons for nail-biting at the Jet Propulsion Lab and Cal Tech in Pasadena.
Solar Eclipse of Venus It's a rare day for astronomers. The Transit of Venus occurs only twice every 120 years, but weather may be the problem for viewing today's rare event in the United States. Ed Krupp, Director of the Griffith Observatory and author Skywatchers, Shamans and Kings : Astronomy and the Archeology of Power, has more on what the event is and what it's meant to astronomers and to various cultures.
Venus and Jupiter Cozy Up After the Moon, the brightest objects in the night sky are the planets Jupiter and Venus. Every so often they appear close together and tonight promises one of the best so-called "conjunctions" for years in the Northern Hemisphere. Ed Krupp is Director of the Griffith Park Observatory.
Griffith Observatory Reopens The Griffith Observatory has been closed for five years. After a week of private advance showings it will open again to the public tomorrow. Admission to the observatory is still free, but reservations will be required for a while, and there's no parking at the top of the hill. There will be a charge for shuttle rides from Hollywood and Highland , the LA Zoo parking lot and the Botanical Gardens.
Trump's Russia ties intensify with Comey firing Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe contradicted the Trump White House today, insisting the Bureau had not lost faith in former Director James Comey. He promised to notify the committee of any interference into investigation of the Trump campaign's contacts with Vladimir Putin's Russia. What do we know about those contacts… and how they relate to Trump's business interests and those of his family?
Future of the Palestinians as Trump welcomes Abbas President Trump says there's "no reason there can't be peace" between Israel and the Palestinians… but the first step will have to be unity between the West Bank and Gaza. Are the Palestinian Authority and Hamas any closer to speaking with one voice?