Cardinals' Marmol says umpire C.B. Bucknor 'has zero class'
St. Louis Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said umpire C.B. Bucknor “has zero class” for refusing to shake his hand during the lineup card exchange at home plate before a game against the Washington Nationals on Saturday. Marmol was seeing Bucknor for the first time since being ejected in a contentious dispute Aug. 21 in Arizona. “I went into that game pretty certain of my thoughts on him as an umpire,” the Cardinals' second-year manager said.news.yahoo.com
MLB pushes labor-deal deadline to Tuesday for March 31 start
Major League Baseball extended its deadline for salvaging opening day and a 162-game season until Tuesday at 5 p.m. after a marathon of 13 bargaining sessions over 16 1/2 hours produced progress toward a deal but left the sides still far apart.
Manfred joins in, MLB lockout talks appear to gain momentum
Baseball players and owners took a first step toward salvaging opening day, nearing agreement on an amateur draft lottery during lockout negotiations that included a surprise one-on-one meeting between Commissioner Rob Manfred and union head Tony Clark.
Pelican named Arvy survives frostbite, sent to sanctuary
In this Feb. 4, 2021, photo provided by the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, Arvy, a brown pelican rescued from the icy Connecticut River on Jan. 27, sits in a bathtub at the home of Busch Wildlife Sanctuary hospital director Stephanie Franczak in Florida after the bird was flown to the Jupiter, Fla., wildlife sanctuary. Apparently blown far off course, Arvy is recovering from pneumonia and frostbite at the wildlife center. (Stephanie Franczak/Busch Wildlife Sanctuary via AP)KILLINGWORTH, Conn. – A pelican that got blown off course and was rescued in chilly Connecticut has been flown to Florida, where he is recovering from pneumonia and frostbite. The brown pelican, nicknamed Arvy, was rescued from the icy Connecticut River on Jan. 27. “He is a Southern bird, he is not supposed to be north of the Carolinas and Virginia,” Carolina Young, spokesperson for the Florida sanctuary, told the Register.
The Latest: Boston College down to 4 scholarship players
Four games were postponed because of players testing positive or quarantining under the COVID-19 protocol. DePaul’s previously postponed game at St. John’s on Jan. 2 has been rescheduled for Feb. 20. Major League Baseball last week proposed a one-month delay in starting spring training due to the coronavirus pandemic. ___The Cleveland Indians will not be allowing fans to watch their spring training workouts in Arizona due to the COVID-19 pandemic. AdThere has not yet been a decision on whether fans will be able to attend spring training games.
Beyond The Forecast: Planets to see in the early days of 2021
If you like to stargaze, we’re pleased to report that the skies will be busy for you over the next week! Early forecasts call for clear skies on these evenings but make sure you check back for updates on the expected cloud cover. This will require an early wake-up call as the planet’s visit with the near-new moon will happen before dawn next Monday. Again, check the forecast Sunday night before you go to bed to make sure clouds won’t obscure your view. Switching gears to your forecast, there’s not a whole lot going on in the weather world this week up until Friday.
WATCH: The “Christmas Star” has arrived
If you couldn’t see it where you live, we wanted to make sure you didn’t miss this astrological phenomenon. [Here’s how to spot the rare ‘Christmas Star’ on Monday]What many are calling the “Christmas Star” is actually two planets. Despite being 400 million miles away from each other Saturn and Jupiter will appear closers than they have since the 13th century.
Here’s how to spot the rare ‘Christmas Star’ on Monday
ROANOKE, Va. – You’ll want to make sure you don’t miss tonight’s astronomical marvel! Despite being 400 million miles away from each other Saturn and Jupiter will appear closers than they have since the 13th century. Since the event is happening so close to Christmas, many have dubbed the phenomenon the “Christmas Star.”In Southwest and Central Virginia here’s what to do so you don’t miss it! It takes Jupiter about 12 Earth years to do the same. (Credit: WKMG)The Great Conjunction occurs because Jupiter has the inside track while orbiting the sun in our solar system.
Jupiter, Saturn merging in night sky, closest in centuries
(Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Jupiter and Saturn will merge in the night sky Monday, appearing closer to one another than they have since Galileo’s time in the 17th century. Jupiter passes its neighbor Saturn in their respective laps around the sun every 20 years. Saturn and Jupiter have been drawing closer in the south-southwest sky for weeks. Despite appearances, Jupiter and Saturn will actually be more than 450 million miles (730 million kilometers) apart. A telescope will not only capture Jupiter and Saturn in the same field of view, but even some of their brightest moons.
Rare ‘Christmas Star’ will light up the sky on winter solstice
As Christmas nears, astronomers are urging citizens to look to the sky in a few weeks to witness something not seen in almost 800 years. Forbes reported that Jupiter and Saturn will look like a “double planet” for the first time since the Middle Ages. You’ll be able to witness the event in the sky through binoculars or a small telescope, according to NASA. Plus, Jupiter & Saturn appear closer than in decades, and the winter solstice arrives. Some astronomers believe that the “star of Bethlehem” was a conjunction between Jupiter, Saturn and Mars.
Jupiter, Saturn to make closest conjunction in nearly 400 years just days before Christmas
ROANOKE, Va. – Before we get into the meat and potatoes of this article, it’s important to note that there’s been some hardcore clickbait out there regarding this month’s upcoming planetary conjunction. Having said that, we’ll take any additional brightness we can get in the final days and weeks of 2020. This planetary conjunction ought to do just that. In the nights prior to the ‘great conjunction,’ Jupiter and Saturn will appear closer together in the southwest sky about an hour after sunset. It’s definitely a needed dose of brightness in the final days of what has been a challenging year for many.
Houston Astros ace Verlander has Tommy John surgery
The Astros announced Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, that Verlander needs Tommy John surgery and could miss the entire 2021 season. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)HOUSTON – Astros ace Justin Verlander had Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. That means the earliest Verlander could pitch for would be in the 2022 season and it might not be for the Astros. He attempted a comeback after he was injured, but announced on Sept. 19 that he would need Tommy John surgery. Verlander joined the Astros in a trade on Aug. 31, 2017 and his stellar performance helped them to their first World Series title that season.
Jupiter, enticing moon Europa star in new Hubble photo
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Jupiter and its enticing moon Europa shine in a new photo by the Hubble Space Telescope. Hubble snapped the picture last month when the planet was 406 million miles (653 million kilometers) away, and the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore released it Thursday. Europa, which is smaller than our own moon, appears as a pale dot alongside its giant, color-streaked gas planet. NASA plans to launch a spacecraft, the Europa Clipper, later this decade to see if conditions there might be ripe for life. ___The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education.
Trump to campaign in Florida, N.C. battlegrounds on Tuesday
WASHINGTON President Donald Trump will highlight his environmental agenda as he campaigns in the battleground states of Florida and North Carolina on Tuesday. The White House says Trump will stop in Jupiter, Florida, on Tuesday to remind voters there of his conservation and environmental protection efforts in the Everglades region. For the federal budget year beginning Oct. 1, the White House said, Trump asked Congress for $250 million in annual funding to accelerate construction of infrastructure for the Everglades as part of the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration. The president will also hold a campaign rally Tuesday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Trump narrowly won both states in the 2016 presidential election.
Not just fireworks! What’s happening in space this 4th of July weekend?
ROANOKE, Va. – While many fireworks displays have been canceled, there may be a few other things that catch your eye this holiday weekend! The full ‘Buck’ moon rises on the 4th, and it does so in conjunction with a few friends. Penumbral eclipse to occur this weekendThe last thing is something you won’t see. This is called ‘aphelion,' or the farthest point away from the sun in Earth’s annual orbit. Aphelion takes place this 4th of July weekendThis further proves that our seasons on Earth aren’t dictated by our distance from the sun, but rather the angle of the sun.
Astronomers find 20 new moons around Saturn
It now has 82 known moons; Jupiter has 79. It now has 82 known moons; Jupiter has 79. But 17 of the 20 have a retrograde orbit of Saturn, meaning they essentially orbit backwards from the planet and other moons. The retrograde moons were also likely part of a larger body, and their name are derived from Norse mythology. Gas, dust and collisions in outer spaceOne of the prograde moons has an angle of 36 degrees, similar to the other prograde moons close to Saturn named for Gallic mythology.
Moon, Jupiter appear "close" to each other in Thursday night sky
ROANOKE, Va. - Skywatchers, be sure to look to your south and southwest Thursday night. Just make sure to do so before 10:45, as that's when the moon sets. The moon will be in very "close" quarters to Jupiter from our vantage point, and the sky should be clear enough for a good view of it! Far to the left of the moon will be Saturn. By Saturday night, the moon will appear very close to Saturn, with Jupiter farther to your right.
Loki, a volcano on one of Jupiter's moons, could erupt this month
(CNN) - Loki, named for the Norse god of mischief, is about to unleash an eruption on Jupiter's moon Io, according to astronomers. And Loki is the most powerful volcano on Io. Rathbun presented a poster about predicting Loki's eruptions this week at the European Planetary Science Congress - Division for Planetary Sciences Joint Meeting 2019 in Geneva. Volcanoes are usually hard to predict because a variety of factors can lead to eruptions, Rathbun noted. "Loki is named after a trickster god, and the volcano has not been known to behave itself," Rathbun said.
Turbulent storm clouds disrupt Jupiter's colorful appearance
(CNN) - Jupiter's turbulent beauty comes from its wild atmosphere full of storms, artfully swirling clouds and big bands of color wrapping around the gas giant. "ALMA enabled us to make a three-dimensional map of the distribution of ammonia gas below the clouds. They were able to track the storms inside Jupiter's colorful belts, much like we track them on Earth, and realized the storms create plumes above the ammonia ice clouds. When the storm clouds reach the coldest part of the atmosphere, they spread out like cumulonimbus clouds that cause lightning and thunder on Earth. The plumes bring up ammonia gas from deep in the atmosphere to high altitudes, well above the main ammonia cloud deck."
Jupiter, Saturn and moon to line up in night sky this week
Venus and Mars are currently blocked from our view by the sun, but this week is a great chance to catch Jupiter and Saturn in conjunction with the moon. The nearly full moon will appear very close to Jupiter on the night of August 9. Like Jupiter, Saturn will also appear in the sky once night falls and be visible until dawn, east of Jupiter. On the evening of August 11, the moon will appear to the right of Saturn and then on its left on August 12. Other tribes also called it the "moon when all things ripen" the "blueberry moon" or the "wheat cut moon."