Stargazers, Enjoy The Lyrid Meteor Shower Between April 22 and 23 – Canadian Homesteading

Every year in April, space is offering us a lighting event by the meteor shower. The Lyrid meteor shower arrives when Earth is passing through the tail of Comet Thatcher. If you want to see this annual event, the best nights to do that are on April 22-23. The coincidence is that the Moon is passing through a phase close to the full Moon. If the Moon is bright, the meteor shower will be hard to observe.

What Are the Researchers Planning for the Lyrid Meteor Shower?

Researchers from the Giant Magellan Telescope have made some infographic to come in help for astronomers to find the best position for viewing the event. The most important detail for this event is the right time for viewing. The best viewing is happening in the few hours before dawn. So, no matter where you are, the meteor shower will be more visible at those hours with the naked eye too.

However, for a better location of the meteors that will pass by, look for the brightest star in the constellation of Lyra and if you find the most radiant want, that’s the spot. That spot is the point where the meteors will become visible on Earth. Meteorites have been observed on an average of about 15 to 20 per hour passing by.

What Is the Lyrid Meteor Shower?

Each year, Lyrid meteor shower is created by the comet Thatcher that it’s intersecting with Earth. Thatcher’s dusty tail and particles from the comet are the ones that we see streaking through the sky when it is burning up. The speed that they are traveling is about 110,000 mph. Also, the Lyrid is not the brightest meteor shower that we can observe, but it’s the oldest one.

The Perseids and Geminids outshine the Lyrid shower. An interesting fact is that the Lyrid shower is seen by humankind for more than 2,700 years, starting from ancient China in 687 BC, which was the first recorded viewing of the meteors. Don’t miss this fantastic event, because next time it will appear in 2276 when the Thatcher will come with a 415-year orbital period.

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Source:: Daily Times

      

The Unexpected Extra Way Sunscreen Can Protect Your Skin

Of course, any seasoned Vogue beauty reader knows by now the importance of a daily, separate sunscreen. You’ll also know to not just rely on the sunscreen in your moisturiser or foundation, and to apply 365 days a year – not just when it’s hot. It’ll be standard for you to apply it on any exposed skin, from your hairline down to your chest, not forgetting your lips or hands. You may have even chosen a mineral, rather than chemical sunscreen.

While you’re most likely aware that sunscreen is your first line of defence against skin cancer and skin ageing, a recent study has shone a light on a newly-discovered level of protection against dilated or burst blood vessels.

Seamless SPF: These Easy Products Integrate Protection Into Your Skincare Routine

The study by Pennsylvania State University focused on the effects of sunlight, sunscreen and vasodilation (the constriction or dilation of blood vessels) and concluded that sunscreen could play an important role in maintaining vascular health, which was measured by the level of nitric oxide on the skin. Nitric oxide works to essentially relax the inner “muscles” of blood vessels, causing them to widen and circulation to increase. UV exposure ravages your natural stores of nitric oxide, but the study showed that an arm treated with SPF was able to maintain higher levels of nitric oxide than one left untreated.

The Sun Protection Glossary

While this all may sound a little dense and insignificant, the upshot from this research is that SPF could safeguard against broken or dilated blood vessels, both in the short term and long term. Broken blood vessels are common in fairer skin types, especially across the cheeks and nose. Notoriously difficult to treat, they usually require some form of laser or carboxytherapy to assuage them, which can be costly and painful.

Once again the old adage is true – an ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound of cure.

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Source:: Daily Times

      

Avalanche seal deal vs. Flames

Posted: 04/19/2019 11:37:10 PM MDT

Updated: 04/19/2019 11:37:32 PM MDT

Series schedule

Avalanche 4, Flames 1

Game 1: Calgary 4, Colorado 0

Saturday

Game 2: Colorado 3, Calgary 2

Monday: Colorado 6, Calgary 2

Wednesday: Colorado 3, Flames 2

Friday: Colorado 5, Flames 1

Avalanche 4, Flames 1

Game 1: Calgary 4, Colorado 0

Saturday

Game 2: Colorado 3, Calgary 2

Monday: Colorado 6, Calgary 2

Wednesday: Colorado 3, Flames 2

Friday: Colorado 5, Flames 1

CALGARY, Alberta – Onward, Avalanche.

Miracle on ice, it was not. But the Avs cut themselves a delicious slice of hockey heaven by eliminating the Western Conference No. 1-seeded Calgary Flames in five games.

Colorado on Friday night won its first playoff series since 2008 – when Joel Quenneville was coach and Paul Stastny played with Joe Sakic and Milan Hejduk – by defeating the Flames 5-1 in Game 5 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Avs made the playoffs three times in the previous 10 years but lost in the first round on each occasion, including a year ago against No. 1-seed Nashville.

Mikko Rantanen and Colin Wilson scored twice apiece and had three points along with Nathan MacKinnon and Tyson Barrie, who each had three assists. Gabe Landeskog had the game-opening goal and Philipp Grubauer was again excellent in net.

The No. 8-seeded Avs, who have gone an NHL-best 12-2-2 since March 17, won the last four games to win the first-round series 4-1. They will face the winner of the Vegas Golden Knights-and San Jose Sharks in a Western Conference semifinal series beginning next week; Vegas leads the Sharks 3-2 heading into Sunday’s Game 6 in Sin City.

With Colorado leading 3-1 midway through the second period, Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau appeared to have scored on a wrap-around at 9:34. Referee Chris Rooney waved it off for goaltender interference. Calgary challenged the goal but officials in Toronto upheld the call.

The Avalanche was 5.5 seconds away from taking a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. But veteran defenseman Ian Cole – a two-time Stanley Cup champion with Pittsburgh – tried ringing the puck out of the defensive zone with the Flames’ Sam Bennett in position to intercept against the side boards. Bennett did just that and fed it to TJ Brodie, who wristed it behind Grubauer inside the near post.

There were fireworks through the opening frame. The Avs scored twice – the latter a bank shot by Rantanen off Smith – and Gaudreau failed to convert on a penalty shot and …read more

Source:: Daily Times