Blog Posts by Kevin Dolak

  • Northern Lights Seen Across Southeast U.S.

    Red and pink streaks filled the sky across parts of the country after Earth’s magnetic field was hit by a coronal mass ejection, enabling the Northern Lights to be seen across the southeastern part of the United States.

    The ejection hit on Monday at approximately 2 p.m. ET and was seen across Arkansas, Tennessee, northern Alabama, northern Mississippi and North Carolina.

    The Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis, occurs when energy particles from the sun interact with the earth’s magnetic field. Though the particles were emitted from the sun on Saturday, they only hit earth’s atmosphere Monday night.

    The National Weather Service Space Weather Prediction Center said that coronal mass ejection arrived approximately eight hours earlier than model guidance suggested.

    Geir Øye, a veteran observer of the Northern Lights from Norway told spaceweather.com that this particular aurora was very powerful.

    “These are the strongest and most beautiful auroras I’ve ever seen,” Øye

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  • ‘Star Trek’ Star Zachary Quinto Comes Out as Gay

    Producer and actor Zachary Quinto poses for a portrait while promoting the film "Margin Call" in Los Angeles, October 5, 2011. Quinto, known for portraying Spock in the 2009 blockbuster film "Star Trek," has publicly come out as a gay man. In an interview with New York Magazine published on October 16, Quinto recalled a stage play he performed in last year, "Angels in America," which was set against the backdrop of the AIDS epidemic and the toll it took on him personally. Picture taken October 5, 2011. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)Zachary Quinto, best known for starring on the TV series “Heroes” and as Spock in the most recent “Star Trek” movie, has come out as gay in an interview with New York magazine.

    Quinto, who recently wrapped an eight-month stint in an Off Broadway restaging of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer prize winning play “Angels in America,” discussed one of the play’s main topics, the AIDS epidemic n the 1980s, and how he feels lucky to not have witnessed it firsthand.

    “As a gay man, [the play] made me feel like there’s still so much work to be done, and there’s still so many things that need to be looked at and addressed,” Quinto said in the interview.

    Though Quinto, 34, has never formally addressed his sexuality in the press, there has been much speculation across the Internet since he rose to fame as the villainous Sylar on “Heroes” and in 2009's “Star Trek” reboot.

    Though his filmography lists a diverse array of roles, he has portrayed several gay characters on television shows like Tori

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