First ‘supermoon’ of 2014 makes debut over summer skies

First ‘supermoon’ of 2014 makes debut over summer skies

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A “supermoon” rose above cities from Los Angeles to London on Saturday night, the first of three times this year the full moon will orbit nearer the earth and appear unusually large and bright.

The supermoon is technically known as a “perigee moon,” and occurs when the moon is full as it reaches perigee, the point of its orbit closest to the earth, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said in a statement. It looks largest when it’s closest to the horizon – an optical illusion.

“However, if it gets people out and looking at the night sky and maybe hooks them into astronomy, then it’s a good thing,” Geoff Chester of the US Naval Observatory, said on NASA’s website.

A 2013 supermoon was 14 percent bigger and 30 percent more luminous than the average full moon of that year, NASA said.

Two additional supermoons are expected in 2014, one on Aug. 10 and another on Sept. 9, NASA said. August’s supermoon is expected to be the most remarkable of the year. — Reuters

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Life on the line: Caring for Ray-Ray

Life on the line: Caring for Ray-Ray

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Connie West was working at a school attended by children living at LifeLine facilities when she met an eight-year-old named Raykwan. Four years later she adopted the disabled boy, who has cerebral palsy and several other maladies; she said he and other residents did not receive adequate attention. West changed his name to Ray Lewis West, after the Ravens’ star, “because he needed a strong name to get through this,” she said.

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Behind the scenes of a cowboy monkey rodeo

Behind the scenes of a cowboy monkey rodeo

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Aberdeen IronBirds fans attending Thursday night’s game against the Batavia Muckdogs got a special treat during and after the game: a performance by Tim “Wild Thang” Lepard, and his team of sheep-herding, Border Collie-riding Capuchin monkeys.

Lepard’s show included one of his monkeys “throwing” the first pitch of the game, teaser performances during the third and after the fifth innings and a longer performance at the end of the game. A group of sheep were released from a pen and the monkeys, riding their respective Border Collies, rounded them up.

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