I recently had the extraordinary experience of looking through a large telescope while on Atlas Obscura’s trip to Chile’s Atacama Desert—one of the best places to stargaze on the planet—and now I’m hooked. I want a telescope of my own. But I don’t want to spend a fortune, and I don’t want something that’s going to require a huge amount of technical expertise to operate. Celestron’s NexStar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope was designed precisely for people like me.
Earlier this month, as part of our Year in Wonder project, we asked Atlas Obscura readers to help us. We launched The Year in Wonder series because the past 12 months of world events have been difficult in so many ways, and yet awe-inspiring things did in fact occur this year. We know they happened because highlighting and reporting on such stories is our job!
Large parts of New York City are in the dark and under water. It's shortly after 10 p.m. here on the East Coast, and at this point, we can safely say Hurricane Sandy is in no danger of failing to live up to the hype. In cities large and small up and down the coast, it's downright scary out there right now. The most dramatic images so far are coming out of New York thanks to intense storm surge-related flooding and power outages.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".