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Local Fisherman And Tourist Killed In Kenya Hippo Attacks       Sun, 12 Aug 2018 21:22:18 -0400

Local Fisherman And Tourist Killed In Kenya Hippo AttacksA local fisherman and a Chinese tourist were killed in a single day by hippo



Parkland students bring the March for Our Lives summer tour to an end in Newtown       Sun, 12 Aug 2018 21:17:05 -0400

Parkland students bring the March for Our Lives summer tour to an end in NewtownThe organizers of the Road to Change tour have visited over 50 cities in an effort to register and mobilize voters ahead of the 2018 midterm elections — and to build a coalition of youth in communities affected by gun violence.



Giuliani Offers Latest Version Of Comey-Trump Conversation About Flynn       Mon, 13 Aug 2018 17:14:34 -0400

Giuliani Offers Latest Version Of Comey-Trump Conversation About FlynnWASHINGTON -- Hoping to reconcile conflicting explanations about whether



Meager Unite the Right 2 rally exposes limits of white supremacist movement       Sun, 12 Aug 2018 22:34:56 -0400

Meager Unite the Right 2 rally exposes limits of white supremacist movementThe Charlottesville anniversary event drew a handful of white supremacists, who were far outnumbered by counterprotesters.



Boy at New Mexico compound died in ritual ceremony, prosecutors say       Mon, 13 Aug 2018 18:49:15 -0400

Boy at New Mexico compound died in ritual ceremony, prosecutors sayAuthorities found the remains at a ramshackle compound north of Taos where 11 other children were found alive but malnourished in a raid on the site 10 days ago. The prosecutor said during a court hearing for five adults arrested on charges of abusing the 11 children that they had been trained to use weapons and defend the compound in the event of an FBI raid. The adults, including three women who police said were the mothers of the 11 children, were charged with 11 counts of felony child abuse.



Cooler weather helps crews fight Southern California fire       Sun, 12 Aug 2018 22:14:28 -0400

Cooler weather helps crews fight Southern California fireLAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) — Aided by slightly cooler temperatures, firefighters made steady progress Sunday in battling a wildfire that destroyed 16 structures as it raged through Southern California's Cleveland National Forest.



Mollie Tibbetts Search: Website for Tips Announced, Residents Asked to Report Strange Behavior       Mon, 13 Aug 2018 16:35:38 -0400

Mollie Tibbetts Search: Website for Tips Announced, Residents Asked to Report Strange BehaviorIowa authorities have interviewed more than 500 people in the search for Mollie Tibbetts.



Florida State House Candidate Admits She Faked College Diploma       Mon, 13 Aug 2018 19:31:19 -0400

Florida State House Candidate Admits She Faked College DiplomaA Republican candidate for office in Florida is admitting she lied about her



The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S560 4Matic Sedan Marks the Return of a Classic Benz Badge       Tue, 14 Aug 2018 17:37:00 -0400

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz S560 4Matic Sedan Marks the Return of a Classic Benz BadgeEchoes of the big Benz from days past.



Sixth First Responder Dies Fighting Northern California Wildfires       Tue, 14 Aug 2018 11:53:08 -0400

Sixth First Responder Dies Fighting Northern California WildfiresA sixth first responder has died battling this year's wildfires in California,



Illinois Man With Parrot on His Shoulder Rescued From Mud Hole by Firefighters       Mon, 13 Aug 2018 18:14:29 -0400

Illinois Man With Parrot on His Shoulder Rescued From Mud Hole by FirefightersThe bird got stuck in the mud, then its owner got stuck in the mud trying to rescue it.



FBI Agent Peter Strzok Fired Over Anti-Trump Text Messages       Mon, 13 Aug 2018 11:29:16 -0400

FBI Agent Peter Strzok Fired Over Anti-Trump Text MessagesWASHINGTON ― FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok, who was taken off special counsel



2 18-year-olds die in Walnut Creek crash, teen driver faces DUI, manslaughter charges       Sun, 12 Aug 2018 20:39:06 -0400

2 18-year-olds die in Walnut Creek crash, teen driver faces DUI, manslaughter chargesA Walnut Creek car crash left two 18-year-old men dead and two young women injured. The driver faces serious charges including DUI and manslaughter.



The 10 Hikes Around the World Worth Traveling For       Mon, 13 Aug 2018 11:04:25 -0400

The 10 Hikes Around the World Worth Traveling For



200-million year old Pterosaur 'built for flying'       Mon, 13 Aug 2018 14:42:59 -0400

200-million year old Pterosaur 'built for flying'Scientists on Monday unveiled a previously unknown species of giant pterosaur, the first creatures with a backbone to fly under their own power. Neither dino nor bird, pterosaurs -- more commonly known as pterodactyls -- emerged during the late Triassic period more than 200 million years ago and lorded over primeval skies until a massive space rock slammed into Earth, wiping out the dinosaurs and most other forms of life some 65 million years ago. "They are delicately framed animals that are built for flying," said Brooks Britt, a paleontologist at Brigham Young University in Utah and lead author of a study in Nature Ecology & Evolution.



Rival Korea leaders to meet in Pyongyang in September       Mon, 13 Aug 2018 06:36:03 -0400

Rival Korea leaders to meet in Pyongyang in SeptemberSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The rival Koreas announced Monday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet in Pyongyang sometime in September, while their envoys also discussed Pyongyang's nuclear disarmament efforts and international sanctions.



Most Top Democrats, Progressive Groups Reserve Judgment On Keith Ellison Allegations       Mon, 13 Aug 2018 18:50:49 -0400

Most Top Democrats, Progressive Groups Reserve Judgment On Keith Ellison AllegationsAll but a few prominent Democrats and progressive groups have stayed silent on



Cosmos Bank loses $13.5 million in cyber attack       Tue, 14 Aug 2018 09:40:26 -0400

Cosmos Bank loses $13.5 million in cyber attackCyber criminals hacked the systems of India's Cosmos Bank and siphoned off nearly 944 million rupees ($13.5 million) through simultaneous withdrawals across 28 countries over the weekend, the bank has told police. The co-operative bank said unidentified hackers stole customer information through a malware attack on its automated teller machine (ATM) server, withdrawing 805 million rupees in 14,849 transactions in just over two hours on Aug. 11, mainly overseas. Apart from the ATM withdrawals, the hackers transferred 139 million rupees to a Hong Kong-based company's account by issuing three unauthorised transactions over the SWIFT global payments network, the bank said in a police complaint, a copy of which was seen by Reuters.



It’s Official: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Is An Ostrich About Wildfires       Mon, 13 Aug 2018 21:04:38 -0400

It’s Official: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Is An Ostrich About WildfiresAt a conservative event in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, on Friday, Interior



Three-year-old found at squalid desert hideout died in 'demonic' ritual       Tue, 14 Aug 2018 04:14:33 -0400

Three-year-old found at squalid desert hideout died in 'demonic' ritualA three-year-old boy found buried at a New Mexico desert compound died in a ritual to "cast out demonic spirits," but his extended family believed he would "return as Jesus" to identify "corrupt" targets for them to attack, prosecutors said in court on Monday. Prosecutors' account of an exorcism-like ritual, allegations of weapons training for children and references to martyrdom and conspiracy were aimed at persuading a judge to deny bond for the five adults charged with child abuse in the case. However, state District Judge Sarah Backus said at the end of the four-hour detention hearing she remained unconvinced that the defendants posed a danger to the community and set bail at $20,000 for each of them. "The state alleges that there was a big plan afoot," Backus said in rendering her decision. "But the state hasn't shown to my satisfaction, in clear and convincing evidence, what that plan was." Defence attorneys said prosecutors sought to criminalise their clients for being African-Americans of Muslim faith. "If these people were white and Christian, nobody would bat an eye over the idea of faith healing, or praying over a body or touching a body and quoting scripture," defence lawyer Thomas Clark told reporters after the hearing. "But when black Muslims do it, there seems to be something nefarious, something evil." Defendants, from left, Hujrah Wahhaj, Lucas Morton, Siraj Wahhaj and Subbannah Wahhaj enter district court in Taos, New Mexico, on Monday Credit: Albuquerque Journal Under terms of the judge's order, four defendants were expected to be placed under house arrest with electronic ankle bracelets to ensure they remain within Taos County for the duration of the case. The five suspects, who had established a communal living arrangement with their children in the high-desert compound, have been in custody since authorities raided their ramshackle homestead north of Taos 10 days ago. The two men and three women are all related as siblings or by marriage. Three are the adult children of a prominent New York City Muslim cleric who is himself the biological grandfather of nine of the children involved. The principal suspect, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 39, has also been charged with abducting his severely ill three-year-old son, Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, from the Atlanta home of the boy's mother in December. Clark said Ibn Wahhaj would remain in custody due to a fugitive warrant against him in Georgia stemming from the cross-country manhunt that led investigators to the New Mexico compound. The body of a young boy believed to be his son was found in a tunnel at the site three days after the raid. No charges have been filed in connection with the death. An aerial view of a makeshift compound is seen in the desert area of Amalia Credit:  Brian Skoloff/AP For now, the thrust of the government's case remains 11 counts of felony child abuse filed against each of the defendants - Ibn Wahhaj and his wife, Jany Leveille, along with his brother-in-law and sister - Lucas Morton and Subhannah Wahhaj - and a second sister, Hujrah Wahhaj. The 11 children, ranging from one to 15 years old and described by authorities as starving and ragged when they were found, were placed in protective custody after the August 3 raid. According to prosecutors' presentation on Monday, some of the children were given weapons training to defend the compound against a possible raid by law enforcement. However, the government said there was more to it than that. Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Travis Taylor testified that the 15-year-old son of Ibn Wahhaj recounted one of the adults telling him the spirit of the dead three-year-old would return "as Jesus" to direct the group in carrying out violent attacks. Taylor said prospective targets would include "the financial system, law enforcement, the education system." Prosecutor John Lovelace said the three-year-old boy died during "a religious ritual" intended to "cast out demonic spirits." Abdul-Ghani stopped breathing, lost consciousness and died during a ceremony in which his father put his hand on the boy's head and recited verses from the Koran, Taylor testified, citing interviews with Ibn Wahhaj's 15-year-old and 13-year-old sons. Prosecutors said in court documents last week that all five defendants were giving firearms instruction to the children "in furtherance of a conspiracy to commit school shootings." Authorities acknowledged in court on Monday that police had previously encountered Ibn Wahhaj, Leveille and seven of the children in December when they were involved in a traffic accident in Alabama. Lovelace said police at the time found weapons and ammunition in the vehicle. Authorities let the group go after Ibn Wahhaj explained he was licensed to carry the guns as a private security agent and that he and the others were en route to New Mexicofor a camping trip.



The 83 Most Delish Lasagnas       Sun, 12 Aug 2018 22:20:00 -0400

The 83 Most Delish Lasagnas



Trump adviser Stephen Miller's uncle: My nephew is 'an immigration hypocrite'       Mon, 13 Aug 2018 10:51:39 -0400

Trump adviser Stephen Miller's uncle: My nephew is 'an immigration hypocrite'Stephen Miller, the architect of some of Trump’s most controversial anti-immigration policies, has been assailed by critics who are quick to point out that Miller himself is a grandchild of refugees. Now Miller’s own uncle is joining the outcry.



Missing Hiker’s Mom Shares Message: ‘My Ears Ache To Hear Your Voice'       Mon, 13 Aug 2018 21:40:49 -0400

Missing Hiker’s Mom Shares Message: ‘My Ears Ache To Hear Your Voice'Nearly two weeks since Samantha "Sam" Sayers disappeared while hiking in



The Navy Is Going To War Against Mines       Mon, 13 Aug 2018 10:58:00 -0400

The Navy Is Going To War Against MinesCould new technology make them obsolete? 



What happened, what's next after airline worker stole plane       Mon, 13 Aug 2018 12:44:36 -0400

What happened, what's next after airline worker stole planeSEATTLE (AP) — U.S. investigators are working to find out how an airline employee stole an empty commercial airplane from the main airport serving Seattle and crashed into a small island after being chased by military jets.



John Oliver Finds Himself In 'Pure Straight-Up Opposite World'       Mon, 13 Aug 2018 10:16:12 -0400

John Oliver Finds Himself In 'Pure Straight-Up Opposite World'John Oliver of "Last Week Tonight" wants to make sure Americans aren't fooled



Orca mother ends 'tour of grief' for her newborn after 17 days and 1,000 miles       Mon, 13 Aug 2018 01:10:51 -0400

Orca mother ends 'tour of grief' for her newborn after 17 days and 1,000 milesFor 17 days, a southern resident killer whale (SRKW) named J35, but better known as Tahlequah, carried her deceased baby for more than 1,000 miles. The orca's unusually long spell of grieving came to an end on Saturday, when Tahlequah was spotted in the Haro Strait off Victoria, British Columbia, chasing a school of salmon without her newborn. SEE ALSO: New dolphin-whale hybrid sea creature is the spawn of an unholy union "Her tour of grief is now over and her behavior is remarkably frisky," the Center for Whale Research (CWR) explained in a blog post online. August 11, 2018 J35 update: "The ordeal of J35 carrying her dead calf for at least seventeen days and 1,000 miles is now over, thank goodness." - Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Researchhttps://t.co/kQpA4WWbmg pic.twitter.com/cQIN13HgN6 — Whale Research (@CWROrcas) August 12, 2018 The CWR added that the baby's carcass has probably sunk to the bottom of the Salish Sea, meaning that researchers may not get a chance to examine it. On Jul. 24, Tahlequah's baby orca died shortly after birth, in what has been a common story for the southern resident killer whale population.  Over the last two decades, 75 percent of SRKW newborns failed to survive. The last successful birth was in 2015, when two calves were born. In the hours, then days after the death, Tahlequah was spotted trying to keep her baby's head above the water's surface, reluctant to leave the body behind. "That's not unprecedented, but it’s the longest one that I’ve personally witnessed," Ken Balcomb, CWR's founder and principal investigator, told The Washington Post. These orcas are facing a real threat of extinction, with no successful pregnancies in the last three years. At just 75 whales, the population is at its lowest in 30 years. The SRKW's decline is linked to the reduction in population of its primary food source, Chinook salmon. Canada's government announced in May it would cut the allowable catch of Chinook by up to 35 percent to help protect the orca. WATCH: This tiny robotic spider might one day perform surgeries inside your body



Alaska's North Slope Hit by Strongest Quake Ever Recorded in the Region       Sun, 12 Aug 2018 21:25:48 -0400

Alaska's North Slope Hit by Strongest Quake Ever Recorded in the RegionAlaska's North Slope was hit Sunday by the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the region, the state's seismologist said



'Stand Your Ground' Shooter Charged After Fatal Altercation Over Parking Space       Tue, 14 Aug 2018 16:57:04 -0400

'Stand Your Ground' Shooter Charged After Fatal Altercation Over Parking SpaceA Florida man who invoked the state's controversial "stand your ground" law



Pregnant mom of twins says she was embarrassed when officer accused her of shoplifting       Mon, 13 Aug 2018 21:56:10 -0400

Pregnant mom of twins says she was embarrassed when officer accused her of shopliftingA pregnant mom expecting twins was accused of stuffing items "up her shirt" at a Staples store.



White nationalists drowned out by counter-protesters in Washington rally       Sun, 12 Aug 2018 20:11:25 -0400

White nationalists drowned out by counter-protesters in Washington rallyA widely-condemned white nationalist rally in Washington drew fewer than two dozen supporters, and was drowned out by thousands of counter-protesters chanting "Nazis go home" and "No KKK in the USA". Organisers of the "Unite the Right 2" rally had obtained a permit for up to 400 far-right demonstrators to gather outside the White House. The event was intended to mark the first anniversary of a similar rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last year when neo-Nazis paraded through the streets and Heather Heyer, a counter-protester, died after a far-right sympathiser ploughed a car into a crowd. Jason Kessler, the organiser of both the Charlottesville and Washington rallies, emerged form an underground train station in the capital carrying US flags and flanked by a handful of supporters. They marched down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House, escorted by police in riot gear. Police escort 'Unite the Right' organiser Jason Kessler and protesters during a far-right rally at Lafayette Park opposite the White House Credit: AFP There had been reports that David Duke, the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, would speak at the event, but he did not attend. In Lafayette Square, opposite the White House, counter-protesters included masked members of the Antifa anti-fascist group, along with a wide cross-section of Washington residents. Jason Kessler, the organizer of the white rights protest, center, speaks to members of the media during the Unite the Right 2 rally in Washington, D.C Credit: Bloomberg Mark Williams, 48, a Gulf War military veteran and counter-protester, told The Telegraph: "I believe the only good Nazi is a dead Nazi. We killed Nazis before, I don't have a problem with doing it now." He added: "I'm a little old to engage in that. But I'm not surprised so few of them turned up. They were scared, and they should have been." Antifa and counter protestors to a far-right rally march during the Unite the Right 2 Rally in Washington, DC,  Credit: AFP Makia Green, of Black Lives Matter, told the counter-rally: "We know from experience that ignoring white nationalism doesn't work." Kessler claimed his event was a "white civil rights rally" and had been about advocating "free speech for everybody". He added: "It was a precedent that had to be set." As the far-right demonstrators left, counter-protesters attempted to block their path with barricades of bamboo and shopping trolleys. Police escorted the far-right group away in vans. Demonstrators opposed to a far-right rally washes the eyes of a friend hit by pepper spray used by police to disperse the crowds  Credit: AFP Later, there were some standoffs and minor scuffles between Antifa protesters in body armour and helmets, and police on motorcycles, in streets near the White House. President Donald Trump was away in New Jersey for the weekend. Kessler had been denied a permit to hold a rally in Charlottesville again this year. At a counter-protest there Heather Heyer's mother, Susan Bro, asked the crowd to raise their fists in solidarity, and laid flowers at a memorial. She said the United States had a "huge racial problem" and still "so much healing to do".



Trump Tweets Support For Harley-Davidson Boycott       Mon, 13 Aug 2018 05:10:58 -0400

Trump Tweets Support For Harley-Davidson BoycottPresident Donald Trump expressed support toward Harley-Davidson motorcycle



Connecticut primary - LIVE: Polls wind to a close as voters seek candidates for wide-open governor election       Tue, 14 Aug 2018 18:04:00 -0400

Connecticut primary - LIVE: Polls wind to a close as voters seek candidates for wide-open governor electionThe biggest race as Connecticut residents goes to the polls for Tuesday's primaries is for the governor's office. Republicans believe they have a good chance of winning it back after losing control in 2010. Control of the narrowly divided General Assembly is also in play, especially the state Senate, now equally split between Democrats and Republicans.



Ford Will Show A New Production Car On Thursday, But What Is It?       Tue, 14 Aug 2018 10:19:59 -0400

Ford Will Show A New Production Car On Thursday, But What Is It?The Woodward Dream Cruise will be home to this mystery debut.



Puerto Ricans Seek To Rebuild A Shattered Health Care System After Hurricane Maria       Mon, 13 Aug 2018 05:46:48 -0400

Puerto Ricans Seek To Rebuild A Shattered Health Care System After Hurricane MariaFor more than six months after the storms, Ingrid Morales settled down to



Markets rattled as Turkish lira dives       Mon, 13 Aug 2018 20:37:35 -0400

Markets rattled as Turkish lira divesNew York (AFP) - Turkey's troubled lira tumbled Monday to fresh record lows against the euro and dollar, piling pressure on stock markets on fears the country's crisis could spill over into the world economy.



Man Caught on Camera Spanking Hippo at California Zoo       Tue, 14 Aug 2018 15:01:10 -0400

Man Caught on Camera Spanking Hippo at California ZooPolice said the intruder could face charges of trespassing.



The Latest: Man flew plane into home after domestic incident       Mon, 13 Aug 2018 13:10:04 -0400

The Latest: Man flew plane into home after domestic incidentPAYSON, Utah (AP) — The Latest on a small plane that crashed into a Utah home (all times local):



Just Who Is Andy Chan, the Leader of Hong Kong's Independence Movement?       Tue, 14 Aug 2018 04:04:37 -0400

Just Who Is Andy Chan, the Leader of Hong Kong's Independence Movement?The head of the Hong Kong National Party has infuriated Beijing with his calls for independence, but is curiously short on specifics



Government Agencies Coordinated To Arrest Migrants Seeking Legal Status, ACLU Says       Tue, 14 Aug 2018 08:24:25 -0400

Government Agencies Coordinated To Arrest Migrants Seeking Legal Status, ACLU SaysVarious branches of the federal government worked in tandem to time interviews



Sports Illustrated model posts facial scars caused by terrifying fall       Tue, 14 Aug 2018 11:26:08 -0400

Sports Illustrated model posts facial scars caused by terrifying fallAustralian Model Robyn Lawley posted photos on Instagram from an accident where she had a seizure and fell down a flight of steps, resulting in a large scar on her face.



Wisconsin, Minnesota primaries to gauge strength of opposition to Trump       Tue, 14 Aug 2018 16:01:52 -0400

Wisconsin, Minnesota primaries to gauge strength of opposition to TrumpVoters were going to the polls in those states for party primaries, and Democrats will have a chance to show they can mobilize voters for Nov. 6’s congressional elections and perhaps the 2020 presidential race as well. Trump was the first Republican presidential candidate to win Wisconsin in 32 years, and he narrowly lost to Democrat Hillary Clinton in Minnesota. Trump’s consistently low approval ratings and his trade policies, however, may have given Democrats renewed life.



Ohio Gov. John Kasich Blisters Trump With Hilarious GIF       Mon, 13 Aug 2018 14:00:39 -0400

Ohio Gov. John Kasich Blisters Trump With Hilarious GIFSometimes, a carefully chosen GIF is worth a thousand Twitter insults.



Ugandan police shoot driver, arrest singer-turned-politician       Tue, 14 Aug 2018 06:38:12 -0400

Ugandan police shoot driver, arrest singer-turned-politicianUgandan musician and opposition lawmaker Robert Kyagulanyi, better known as Bobi Wine, was arrested Tuesday after an incident in which security officers shot his driver dead, a police spokesman said. "We arrested Bobi Wine and others this morning and he is in our custody," said Emilian Kayima, Uganda's police spokesman. Kyagulanyi was arrested in the northwestern town of Arua where he was campaigning for an opposition candidate in a hard-fought by-election that also drew President Yoweri Museveni in support of the ruling party candidate.



Porsche Boxster 986 Buying Guide       Tue, 14 Aug 2018 09:34:53 -0400

Porsche Boxster 986 Buying GuideMixing traditional Porsche driving fun and usability, this model is a temptingly affordable way into marque ownership. Read this before taking the plunge



Perseids meteor shower 2018: Everything you need to know about last night's peak       Mon, 13 Aug 2018 01:23:23 -0400

Perseids meteor shower 2018: Everything you need to know about last night's peakEvery year our skies are lit up by returning meteor showers, from Perseids to Lyrids, Orionids to Geminids. If the weather conditions are in our favour and the moon isn't too bright, there's a chance you'll be able to see some spectacular shooting stars in action. Here is our guide to the must-see meteor showers of 2018 – including the spectacular Perseids shower which was at its peak overnight – as well as where and how to see them. What exactly is a meteor shower? A meteor shower occurs when Earth passes through the debris stream occupying the orbit of a comet - or, in simpler terms, when a number of meteors flash across the sky from roughly the same point. Meteors are sometimes called shooting stars, although they actually have nothing to do with stars. Perseids meteor shower 2018 - in pictures Perspective makes meteor showers appear to emanate from a single point in the sky known as the shower radiant. A typical meteor results from a particle the size of a grain of sand vaporising in Earth’s atmosphere when it enters at 134,000mph. Something larger than a grape will produce a fireball and this is often accompanied by a persistent afterglow known as a meteor train. This is a column of ionised gas slowly fading from view as it loses energy. Meteor, meteorid or meteroite? Let's get this straight. A meteor is a meteoroid – or a particle broken off an asteroid or comet orbiting the Sun – that burns up as it enters the Earth's atmosphere creating the effect of a "shooting star". Meteoroids that reach the Earth's surface without disintegrating are called meteorites. Meteors are mostly pieces of comet dust and ice no larger than a grain of rice. Meteorites are principally rocks broken off asteroids in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter and can weigh as much as 60 tonnes. They can be "stony", made up of minerals rich in silicon and oxygen, "iron", consisting mainly of iron and nickel, or "stony-iron", a combination of the two. The Geminids meteor shower in Vladivostok, Russia in December 2017 Credit: Yuri Smityuk Scientists think about 1,000 tons to more than 10,000 tons of material from meteors falls on Earth each day, but it's mostly dust-like grains, according to Nasa, and they pose no threat to Earth. There are only two incidents recorded where people reported being injured by a meteorite, including one in 1954 when a woman was bruised by a meteorite weighing eight pounds after it fell through her roof.  When is the next meteor shower? The meteor shower currently gracing our skies is the Perseids, which began in the middle of July and grows in intensity before peaking in mid-August every year.  The shower appears to originate from within the star constellation Perseus – hence the shower's name. It occurs when Earth passes through the debris stream occupying the orbit of the comet Swift-Tuttle. The wonderfully named comet is the largest object known to repeatedly pass Earth (it's 16 miles wide). It orbits the sun ever 133 years and each time it passes through the inner solar system it warms up, releasing fresh comet material into its orbital stream. The last time it was closest to the sun was in December 1992. It will be back again in July 2126.  Perseid meteor radiant When can I see the Perseid meteor shower? The window for the current Perseid meteor shower is from July 17 to August 24 2018. Stargazers stand a chance of seeing the shower at any point in this window, however the peak will occur between August 12 and August 13.  The best time to take a look at the sky will be from about 1am BST in the Northern Hemisphere until the onset of dawn twilight. Peak rates of 150-200 meteors per hour were recorded in 2016, but typical rates are about 80 meteors an hour streaking across the night sky, each leaving a trail.   To see it, look at a height approximately two-thirds up the sky in any direction. If you want a recommendation, east through south offers some great background constellations in the early hours during August. Look for the shower's "radiant" from the north-east corner of Perseus. 2018 | Major meteor showers The best stargazing spots in the UK A dark night is best for a meteor shower, after midnight and before dawn.  Head somewhere away from the bright lights - into more rural areas if you can - and be prepared to wait a good hour if you want the best chance of seeing a shower. Look for a wide, open viewing area - perhaps a national park or large field on the side of a road - and make sure you concentrate your gaze towards the east. Meteor showers are unpredictable though, so prepare for the fact you might not see much. Choose a dark location away from stray lights and give yourself at least 20 minutes in total darkness to properly dark adapt.  Britain has some wonderful stargazing locations, including three "Dark Sky Reserves" (Snowdonia, Brecon Beacons and Exmoor national parks) and Europe's largest "Dark Sky Park" (Northumberland National Park and the adjoining Kielder Water and Forest Park). best stargazing locations Galloway Forest Park: Galloway is a couple of hours from Glasgow and an hour from Carlisle. The park's most popular spot for stargazing is Loch Trool. Exmoor and around: Exmoor was granted International Dark-Sky Reserve status by the International Dark-Sky Association in 2011. Light pollution is managed to make the area more appealing to amateur astronomers. Romney Marsh: Night once provided cover for smugglers known as Owlers, but today Romney Marsh offers celestial bounty, arching over a landscape adorned with the spires of ancient churches. Kielder: Kielder Forest is officially the darkest place in England – 250 square miles of wooded beauty where Northumberland brushes against Scotland. It has its own fabulous, modern, wood-clad observatory on the slopes of Black Fell above Kielder Water. North York Moors: As well as stunning night skies, the North York Moors boast historic market towns such as Helmsley and Pickering, plus appealing coastal spots, including Scarborough and Whitby. The other major meteor showers to look out for in 2018 The Quadrantid meteor shower The Quadrantids was the first major meteor shower of 2018; it peaked at around 8pm on January 3 when between 10 and 60 meteors were shooting per hour.  It had a sharp peak, which means the best of the shower only lasted a few hours - although it remained active until January 12th. First spotted in 1825 by the Italian astronomer Antonio Brucalassi, astronomers suspect the shower originates from the comet C/1490 Y1, which was first observed 500 years ago by Japanese, Chinese and Korean astronomers. Why is it called Quadrantid? The Quadrantids appear to radiate from the extinct constellation Quadrans Muralis, which is now part of the Boötes constellation and not far from the Big Dipper. Because of the constellation's position in the sky, the shower is often impossible to see in the Southern Hemisphere - however there is a chance of spotting it up to 51 degrees south latitude. The best spots to see the display are in countries with high northern latitudes, like Norway, Sweden, Canada and Finland. The Lyrid meteor shower The Lyrid meteor shower takes places annually between April 16 and April 25. In 2018, it peaked on the morning of April 22, with the greatest number of meteors falling during the few hours before dawn. With no moon, stargazers might have been able to see between 10 and 20 Lyrid meteors per hour at the shower's peak.  Lyrid meteors are typically as bright as the stars in the Big Dipper, but some are much more intense, even brighter than Venus, the brightest object in the night sky after the moon. Called "Lyrid fireballs", these cast shadows for a split second and leave behind smokey debris trails that linger for minutes. Tim Peake space pictures What causes the Lyrid meteor shower? The ionised gas in the meteors' trail burns up as it enters the Earth's atmosphere, creates the glow which can be seen streaking across the night sky.  The shower occurs as the Earth passes through the dust left over from Comet Thatcher (C/186 G1), which makes a full orbit of the sun once every 415 years (which is why there are no photographs of it). Flakes of comet dust, most no bigger than grains of sand, strike Earth's atmosphere traveling 49 km/s (110,000 mph) and disintegrate as streaks of light. Comet Thatcher last visited the inner solar system in 1861 - before the widespread use of photography  - and isn’t expected to return until the year 2276. How did the Lyrids get its name? The shower radiates out from the direction of the star Vega, the brightest light in the constellation Lyra the Harp, from which it takes its name. Vega is a brilliant blue-white star about three times wider than our Sun and 25 light years away. The Lyrids radiating from the vicinity of the blue star Lyra Credit: earthsky.org You might remember Vega being mentioned in Carl Sagan's movie Contact - it was the source of alien radio transmissions to Earth. When were the Lyrids first observed and recorded? The earliest sightings of the Lyrid meteor shower go back 2,700 years and are among the oldest of known meteor showers. In the year 687 BC the ancient Chinese observed the meteors and recorded them in the ancient Zuo Zhan chronicles saying:  "On the 4th month in the summer in the year of xīn-mǎo (of year 7 of King Zhuang of Lu), at night, (the sky is so bright that some) fixed stars become invisible (because of the meteor shower); at midnight, stars fell like rain. That era of Chinese history corresponds with what is now called the Spring and Autumn Period (about 771 to 476 BC). Tradition associates this period with the Chinese teacher and philosopher Confucius, one of the first to espouse the principle: “Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself.”   American observers saw an outburst of nearly 100 Lyrid meteors per hour in 1982. Around 100 meteors per hour were seen in Greece in 1922 and from Japan in 1945. The Orionid meteor shower The Orionid meteors appear every year, with showers producing around 20 meteors every hour. The shower is active throughout October until November 7, but the best time to see it will be on October 20 between midnight and dawn, when the sky is darkest and the shower will be at its brightest. Tom Kerss, an astronomer at the Royal Observatory Greenwich said:"If you can brave the cold, make a plan to stay out and enjoy the thrill of seeing tiny flecks of Halley's Comet disintegrate at hypersonic speeds above your head." He advises finding a secluded spot and allowing the eyes to adjust to the darkness. Orionid meteors streak across the sky over Kula town of Manisa, Turkey on October 21, 2017 Credit:  Anadolu Agency Mr Kerss said: "There's no advantage to using binoculars or a telescope, your eyes are the best tool available for spotting meteors, so relax and gaze up at the sky, and eventually your patience will be rewarded. "Meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, though if you have to pick a direction, you might fare slightly better looking east." The meteoroids from Halley's Comet strike Earth's atmosphere at a speed of 148,000mph, (238,000kph) burning up in streaking flashes of light that can be seen with the naked eye. Orionid meteors are known for their speed and brilliance, so if you persevere there's a good chance you'll see several bright 'shooting stars' zipping across the sky. The Orionid Meteor Shower is one of two meteor showers created by debris from Halley's Comet - the other is the Eta Aquarids, which occurs in May. Unfortunately, Halley's Comet itself has not been visible from Earth since 1986. Why is it called Orionid? It's named Orionid because it appears to radiate from the constellation Orion. Orion is one of the brightest and best known constellations and contains two of the 10 brightest stars in the sky Rigel and Betelgeuse, as well as the famous Orion's Belt.  Orion's Belt is made up of three bright stars quite close together almost in a straight line, and is about 1,500 light years from us on Earth.  Orion has been known since ancient times and is also referred to as Hunter thanks to Greek mythology. He is often seen in star maps facing Taurus, the bull. The Geminid meteor shower The Geminids are an annual meteor shower caused by the 3200 Phaethon asteroid. Its orbit brings it very close to the sun, causing its surface material to crumble and break off. The Earth passes through this space debris every December, which burns up as hits our atmosphere. These are the meteors visible in our sky. The Geminids were first observed relatively recently, in 1862, compared with the Perseids (36AD) and the Leonids (902AD). The meteor shower appears to come from a point in the constellation Gemini, hence its name. The Geminids meteor shower over Egersheld Cape on Russky Island in the Sea of Japan in December 2017 Credit:  Yuri Smityuk When can it be seen? The next Geminid meteor shower can be seen from around December 4th to 17th, with peak activity from about 10pm on December 13th and into the early hours of the 14th.  Sightings are possible around the world, but there's good news for Britons: the shower favours observers in the Northern Hemisphere over those in the Southern. If you're lucky you could see up to 100 meteors or 'shooting stars' every hour. You can spot the meteors anywhere, but they will appear to come from the Gemini constellation. Stars in the Milky Way over Kielder Forest Credit: Owen Humphreys During December, it begins the evening in the east and moves across the sky to the west during the night. 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