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  • New year, new meteor shower peaks this week

    The Quadrantid meteor shower, shot by astrophotographer Jeff Berkes.

    The new year promises to kick off with quite a light show. The Quadrantids meteor shower peaks after midnight on Thursday, treating viewers to a shooting star display that should be visible under clear night skies.

    For those who don’t want to brave the cold for the early morning shower on Jan. 3, the light show will stream live on NASA’s website.

    "Those who brave the cold might see up to 40 meteors per hour, although moonlight will make faint meteors harder to spot," officials for the Hubble Space Telescope explained in a January skywatching video guide.

    According to NASA, the Quadrantids come from the EH1 asteroid, which may have come from a piece of comet that broke up several hundred years ago.

    The show starts as Earth passes through the debris field of the comet. The fragments will enter Earth’s atmosphere at a zippy 90,000 miles an hour and burn up to 50 miles above the surface of the planet.

    Those stargazers who do catch a glimpse of the light show can add their photos to a

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  • An overhead view of the excavation site at Tel Motza (Skyview/Israeli Antiquities Authority)Israeli archeologists have discovered the remains of an ancient temple that is nearly 3,000 years old and was once home to a ritual cult.

    "The ritual building at Tel Motza is an unusual and striking find, in light of the fact that there are hardly any remains of ritual buildings of the period in Judaea at the time of the First Temple," excavation directors Anna Eirikh, Hamoudi Khalaily and Shua Kisilevitz said in a statement released by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    The temple remains were discovered at the Tel Motza site, located to the west of Jerusalem. The Israeli Antiquities Authority has been conducting excavation efforts at the site and says that along with the temple remains itself, the findings include a “cache of sacred vessels” estimated to be 2,750 years old.

    "Among other finds, the site has yielded pottery figurines of men, one of them bearded, whose significance is still unknown," the statement from Khalaily and Kisilevitz reads.

    NBC’s Cosmic Log notes that the

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  • There is no shortage of Christmas light display stories each holiday season. But how often do you see a massive display of holiday exuberance on the ocean waters?

    Southern California does a lot of things in its own unique style and the holiday season is no exception. For the past 104 years, the residents of Newport Beach have held a Christmas Boat Parade that has become the largest in the U.S. and one of the biggest in the world, drawing in an estimated million visitors each year.

    As part of our Sideshow video series, we traveled down to Newport Beach to take in the opening night ceremonies of this year's boat parade. What we found was a sight for the senses and a series of characters that help make this holiday light display one for the ages. David Beek takes viewers through some of the parade's history and amazing facts. And when it comes to the parade's history, Beek is a trusted source -- his family has been involved in helping to organize the parade for generations and he's been

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  • Soccer-English premier league results and standings

    Dec 20 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the English premier league matches on Saturday Saturday, December 20Aston Villa 1 Manchester United 1 Hull City 0 Swansea City 1 Manchester City 3 Crystal Palace 0 Queens Park Rangers 3 West Bromwich Albion 2 Southampton 3 Everton 0 Tottenham Hotspur 2 Burnley 1 West Ham United 2 Leicester City 0 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Chelsea 16 12 3 1 36 13 39 2 Manchester City 17 12 3 2 36 14 39 3 Manchester United 17 9 5 3 30 18 32 -------------------------4 West Ham United 17 9 4 4 29 19 31 -------------------------5 Southampton 17 9 2 6 28 13 ...

  • Judge says pet bobcat Rocky must live at the zoo

    STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A pet bobcat that has escaped from its owner's home multiple times since April will be made to live at a zoo, a judge ruled Friday, and its owner will be fined for letting it run free.

  • Soccer-La Liga top scorers

    Dec 19 (Infostrada Sports) - Top scorers of the La Liga on Friday 25 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 13 Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 11 Neymar (Barcelona) 10 Carlos Bacca (Sevilla) 8 Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) 7 Joaquin Larrivey (Celta Vigo) Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) 6 Mario Mandzukic (Atletico Madrid) Leo Baptistao (Rayo Vallecano) Jonathas (Elche) Alberto Bueno (Rayo Vallecano) Christian Stuani (Espanyol) Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad) 5 Aduriz (Athletic Club) Nolito (Celta Vigo) Sergio Garcia (Espanyol) James Rodriguez (Real Madrid) Luciano Vietto (Villarreal) 4 Nabil Ghilas (Cordoba) ...

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