Many amateurs enjoy activities such as patrolling for supernovae, observing variable stars or hunting down distant galaxies or nebulae. Occasionally though it is nice to forget about the science or the hunt and just enjoy being out under a naked eye sky, particularly when the solar system contrives to put on a special event for us. On the morning of September 18 (a Monday) there is such an occasion when the Moon, along with Mercury, Mars and Venus make a dramatic line-up in the eastern sky.
On the morning of August 16 the crescent Moon - 1 day past last quarter - has a busy time occulting stars in Taurus. Around 03:30UT it lies in the Hyades, the V-shaped cluster that traditionally forms the face of the bull, occulting stars as it moves eastwards in relation to the background sky. After sunrise (sunrise is at 04:48UT from London) it moves on to occult Aldebaran (alpha Tauri) the brightest star in the constellation and the star that forms the eye of the bull.
Richie Cortez is training in Ninja Fit Gym in Orange County to compete on NBC's "American Ninja Warrior". Last year, he tested out the course, and this year he wants to dominate it. "That experience showed me I needed to start testing directly on obstacles because that was what I needed to be ready for the dynamics that '(American) Ninja Warrior' brings. They're always changing up the course. Always making it harder. Always bringing new obstacles," Cortez said.
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 Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
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, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
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".