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Annular Solar Eclipse visible in the West this Sunday

USA Map of the Annular Solar Eclipse May 20, 2012, see below for more info - credit: NASA

(Best Syndication News) - An annular solar eclipse is going to be visible to huge populations this Sunday and Monday. In the Western United States, the solar eclipse is going to be visible at around 6 pm Pacific time on May 20, 2012. The solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Sun and Earth making the sun darkened in the middle with a glowing ring remaining. This is not a total solar eclipse. The last time a solar eclipse of this viewing magnitude occurred in the US was in 1994.

NASA explained that this event is an annular solar eclipse, which blocks up to 94 percent of the sun from Earth’s view. The event will be seen by hundreds of millions of people in Southeast Asia, and the western part of the United States. In North America, the solar eclipse will be visible at the end of the day. In Asia, the eclipse will occur in the early morning hours on Monday.

California Governor Brown proposes $8.3 Billion in Budget Cuts and wants to Increase Income and Sales Tax

Pen and form - BSN

(Best Syndication News) - The budget deficit in California has reached $15.7 billion, which has prompted Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to release a budget revision that would cut $8.3 billion in spending.

Brown said that he wants to protect spending for education and public safety. Education spending would increase from $29.3 billion in last year's budget to $34.0 billion by the end of 2013. He is asking for a 16 percent increase in K-12 education spending, but voters must approve of this increase.

NASA uses Mars Test Rover in the Mojave Desert

credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

(Best Syndication News) - NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory team members were out at Dumont Dunes in the Mojave Desert last week to practice using a test rover. The real rover is scheduled to land on Mars on August 5, 2012. This test run in California gave mission members a chance to improve their skills when the real one is deployed on Mars.

The real version of the rover on route to Mars is called Curiosity. The test rover was full-sized but stripped down so it would have similar weight compared to Mars lighter gravity. The mission members wanted to collect information on windward and downwind aspects of the dunes in the Mojave because on Mars there are dunes near a mountain located in the center of Gale Crater.

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome Infection concerns arise from Sin Nombre infected Mice in Riverside County

credit: National Cancer Institute Linda Bartlett (Photographer) - PD

(Best Syndication News) - A fatal disease threatens residents in Southern California because mice in Riverside County were identified as having “Sin Nombre,” which is a virus that is a contributing driving force for developing hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in humans.

“Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome is a rare, but often fatal disease spread by rodents,” said state public health officer Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Princess Cruises to offer Year Round itinerary out of San Francisco

Grand Princess Ship - Credit Princess Cruises

(Best Syndication News) - The Grand Princess will be based in San Francisco year round staring in May 2013, Princes Cruises announced today. The destinations setting sail out of San Francisco include Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, and the California Coast.

The cruises will be on an extensively renovated Grand Princess cruise ship. The Alaskan cruises will be held during the summer months. Then the cruises will venture to the Hawaiian Islands, Mexico, and the California Coast line between Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.

The company said that the 2,600-passenger ship underwent a vast overhaul and update to the level of the newer ships. To accomplish this, the Grand Princess had the longest dry-dock in the company’s history. The ship now has a new Piazza atrium. Dining includes new eateries, including Alfredo’s Pizzeria and the Crown Grill. They also have added the line’s first specialty tea lounge called Leaves.

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