“The moon will lose its brightness and take on an eerie, fainter-than-normal glow from the scant sunlight that makes it way through earth’s atmosphere,” says NASA. “Often cast in a reddish hue because of the way the atmosphere bends the light, totally eclipsed moons are sometimes called ‘blood moons.” Sadly because of the location of the moon when the eclipse is set to occur, not everyone in the world will be able to see it. “The eclipse will take place during the middle of the night, and the Pacific Ocean will be turned toward the moon at the time,” writes skywatching columnist Joe Rao. “Central and eastern Asia, Indonesia, New Zealand and most of Australia will get a fine view of this moon show in the evening sky. Heading farther west into western Asia, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, the eclipse will already be underway as the moon rises.”
Sky-gazers on the West Coast and middle of the US will have the best chance at catching the total lunar eclipse if they are early risers, but people on the East Coast will have a less impressive view. As you can see from the NASA chart that the eclipse will not be visible in the UK. If you miss this phenomenon, you’ll have to wait until 31 December 2028 or 31 January 2037 for the next opportunities.
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No strangers to shifts in their line-up, this is Magnum’s first album to feature Rick Benton on keyboards and Lee Morris on drums. While both assume their roles comfortably among the ranks, it is Rick Benton’s contribution to these songs that adds significant flourish to the already stellar material. From the Jon Lord sounding organ runs on ‘Peaches And Cream’, to the progressive dalliances on the majestic coda of the closer, ‘King Of The World’, his performance is never anything less than captivating, and is an incredible asset throughout ‘Lost On The Road To Eternity.’
Bob Catley retains his powerhouse status on his twentieth go around with Magnum. Now into his seventies, the story-telling oratory quality of his vocal style bears even more poignancy with his slightly weathered delivery. He excels at the melodrama of ‘Forbidden Masquerade’, and soars on the stunning chorus of ‘Glory To Ashes.’ However, the album’s highlight comes with his duet alongside Avantasia’s Tobias Sammet on the bombastic title track. Having guested previously on numerous Avantasia tracks, the two voices compliment each other to great effect on a symphonically charged banger, culminating in a finale that is stomping yet sweepingly majestic.
The caliber of the music on ‘Lost On The Road To Eternity’ can only be attributed to the experience and expertise of the creative minds behind it. Highly consistent from start to finish, the album is one of the finest achievements of a band whose career is already littered with plaudits and due to far more recognition than they currently receive. If this album sets the barometer for the quality of music in 2018, then we’re in for a hell of a year.
Magnums Lost On The Road To Eternity album will be released on 19 January.
Magnum Lost On The Road To Eternity Tour Dates
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Video: Fly Through Orion Nebula
Astronomers and visualization specialists at NASA have just released this unprecedented, 3D, fly-through view of the Orion Nebula, a nearby star-forming region.
Space Telescope Science Institute’s visualization scientist Frank Summers, who led the team that developed the movie, said:
Being able to fly through Orion Nebula’s tapestry in 3D gives people a much better sense of what the universe is really like. By adding depth and structure to the amazing images, this fly-through helps elucidate the universe for the public, both educating and inspiring.
3D Journey Through the Orion Nebula - The Full StoryAstronomers and visualization specialists from NASA’s Universe of Learning program have combined the visible and infrared vision of the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes to create an unprecedented, three-dimensional, fly-through view of the picturesque Orion Nebula, a nearby star-forming region.
Viewers experience this nearby stellar nursery “close up and personally” as the new digital visualization ferries them among newborn stars, glowing clouds heated by intense radiation, and tadpole-shaped gaseous envelopes surrounding protoplanetary disks.
Using actual scientific imagery and other data, combined with Hollywood techniques, a team at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, and the Caltech/IPAC in Pasadena, California, has created the best and most detailed multi-wavelength visualization yet of this photogenic nebula. The fly-through enables people to experience and learn about the universe in an exciting new way.
Full official article on http://nire.org.uk/p7
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Kat Von D talks music influence for Billie Joe Armstrong “Basket Case” liner“I pitched the idea of shooting the campaign paying homage to this poster I used to have up on my wall, and it was this old photograph of Sid and Nancy and they were handcuffed together, and I just remember staring at that as a teenager,” she tells Billboard.
“Nancy had this blown out black eye look and I was like, ‘Oh, this totally makes sense.’ I could totally see that image being translated with myself and Billie Joe.”The formula is perfect to create the smudge-inspired Billie Joe look, with Kat Von D Beauty’s site explaining that the formula glides on creamy, letting you “build, blend, smudge and smoke it out” to achieve your desired look, all before it sets in place.
A dream, right?
“Whenever I develop any makeup product, first and foremost it’s always about the formula,” Von D tells Billboard. “The formula has to be amazing. You don’t have to like me or Billie Joe to want to use this, and I’m really proud of that.”And as for the Basket Case title? It fits right in with the rest of her music-inspired brand. “If you look at my entire collection from day one, everything from shade names to shade collections have always been inspired by music, whether it’s bands or lyrics or composers,” Von D explains.
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Corey Taylor Vows To Stop Engaging Trolls About Politics On Twitter
Corey Taylor has told the Kerrang! magazine in the UK that his New Year’s Resolution is to stop engaging trolls about politics on Twitter.
The outspoken Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman, whose disdain for Donald Trump is quite prevalent throughout his latest book, last year’s “America 51”, said: “Honestly, I would rather take a f***ing saw to my own face than deal with that kind of bulls**t anymore. It’s so unnecessary and pathetic, and I can’t take any more of that shit. It’s not even that I have a problem with their politics: it’s their self-righteous indignation that comes with it.
"For all the harrumphing that the right does about the left being a bunch of snowflakes, they are the ones that are so hurt about so much s**t, it’s not even funny,” he continued. “I look at them and think, ‘I’m not going to sit here and debate a crying child.’
"If there was a button on Twitter that asked, 'Would you like to block with relish?’ then that’s the one I’d be hitting. They can enjoy their spoilt-brat infancy. I’ve got kids of my own, without having to deal with kids that I don’t need to take care of.
One message I would impart to Kerrang! readers is this: never stop educating yourself. If something that you believe is right turns out to be wrong, you have to embrace that. You can’t just reject that out of spite.
I’m one of the most wrong people on the planet, and I also have one of the biggest f***ing mouths, so it’s one of the biggest lessons I’ve had to learn. It’s going to make you a better person to be on the better side of facts than the worst side of fiction.”
Taylor confirmed last week that he has been separated from his wife for almost a year and just recently started a new relationship.
Corey had married Stephanie Luby (his now estranged wife), in November 2009 at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas.
The 44-year-old Taylor has two children, a daughter named Angie born in 1992, and a son named Griffin born in 2002, whom he had with his first wife, Scarlett. Taylor married Scarlett in March 2004 and divorced her in early 2007.
Stone Sour recently announced a new North American tour for early 2018 in support of its current LP, “Hydrograd”.
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City and County PACE Financing AdministratorIn Texas, the Lone Star PACE Financing City and County PACE Financing Program Administrator will enable energy efficiency, water conservation, and renewable energy upgrades to your local community. PACE financing projects not only reduce utility expenses while increasing the tax base and local employment, they also support Texas energy and water conservation goals.
PACE financing assessment performs in action similar to other general assessments such as sidewalks or sewers. Property owners enter into a voluntary assessment and lien on the property for the duration of the PACE financing term. Only the individual property owners who utilize PACE financing for improvements are subject to the assessment.
Texas Lone Star PACE Financing Benefits for City and County:
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Linkin Park 3 Platinum Records in 2017
Linkin Park has three more records go platinum in 2017
Linkin Park have received three new platinum certifications by the RIAA on 13th December 2017.The 2014 album The Hunting Party has gone both gold and platinum, while “Numb,” from 2003’s Meteora, and Jay-Z collaboration “Numb”/“Encore” have been certified 4x and 3x multi-platinum, respectively. Both singles had already been certified 3x and 4x platinum in August.
These certifications add to the long list of LP records to sell 1,000,000 units or more in 2017.
According to a list compiled by the PRP, the band had 13 other records certified platinum this year, including 2000’s Hybrid Theory, which has gone 11x multi-platinum, and Meteora, which has gone 7x platinum.
Moreover, 2007’s Minutes To Midnight has been certified 4x multi-platinum, alongside four of its singles: “Shadow Of The Day” and “Bleed It Out” (2x platinum), “Leave Out All The Rest” (platinum) and “What I’ve Done” (5x platinum).
Albums Living Things and A Thousand Suns, as well as singles “In The End,” “Waiting For The End” and “New Divide” were also awarded the certification.
RIAA considers digital streams as sales too, with 10 track downloads or 1,500 streams counting as one unit.
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As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis has taken to Facebook to release a lengthy statement, speaking out for the first time since his release from prison in December 2016. Lambesis was incarcerated in 2014 for conspiracy to commit murder.
The statement was made via the As I Lay Dying Facebook page, where Lambesis expresses his remorse over his past actions and apologizes for the hurt he has caused.
According to someone familiar with the story, back in 2013, Lambesis asked a person at the gym if they knew any hitmen. That person from the gym then called the police, who then set up a sting. Lambesis was arrested after giving an undercover officer an envelope with pictures of his wife of eight years, her address, alarm codes and $1000.
Lambesis received a six-year sentence in early 2014, but was released on December 17, 2016. Not much has been heard from Lambesis since besides for a few stories and rumors of new music in the works. “I’ve remained silent to the public since expressing remorse at my sentencing because time seemed like the best way to promote healing,” Lambesis says in his statement. “Today marks the first opportunity to freely apologize without any motivation to gain favor from the courts, as I have now completed the entirety of my legal sentence.”
You can read the frontman’s statement in full:
“Words cannot begin to express how deeply sorry I am for the hurt that I have caused. There is no defense for what I did, and I look back on the person I became with as much disdain as many of you likely do.
First, I apologize to my former wife and remarkable children for my appalling actions. There’s not a single day that goes by where I don’t wish I could undo the damage I caused, and out of respect for their wishes I will not discuss anything else about them (now or in the future). I also ask anyone reading this to promote healing for them by respecting their privacy and defending them from any negativity or anger which should be directed towards me. I was the sole offender and the only one to blame for everything that happened.
To my family, I apologize for the trauma you faced and may still feel. This is an ongoing sentence many of you serve because of me. I am so sorry to my friends who were betrayed by everything I hid from them and all the hardships I caused people who used to work with me. Band mates, road crew, managers, attorneys, agents, label people, and more all had to suffer through many unexpected changes because of my actions. While they were dealing with the aftermath of my arrest, I responded toward many of them with bitterness that I should have directed toward myself. I know that I can’t undo the animosity I brought their way, but I hope to mend what I can now as time goes on.
To the people who looked up to me as an artist, I let you down in so many ways. I tried to show my best side to the public, while feeding an ugly growing monster behind closed doors. I wrote lyrics about the person I wanted to be rather than the person that I was. I was living a life that lacked empathy and viewed everything through a self-motivated lens.
I cannot say for certain what life looks like going forward as so much is different now and I’m still learning. Music always has and always will be a part of me, and has helped me get through the darkest parts of my journey. However, this apology is not a part of promoting anything. Rumors circulate, and that’s something I’ve learned to accept, but this apology is just that, an apology to everyone around me.
I’ve remained silent to the public since expressing remorse at my sentencing because time seemed like the best way to promote healing. Today marks the first opportunity to freely apologize without any motivation to gain favor from the courts, as I have now completed the entirety of my legal sentence (including the completion of all parole/probation requirements). Let it be clear that no amount of time served can right my wrongs. I do not feel deserving of a second chance and am not asking for anyone’s trust. The way many people feel about me makes sense, and only time will tell if my future actions line up with my remorse, something I pray for every day. In the last five years, the ripple effect of all my actions has extended further than a written statement can address. Thus, I will continue to apologize in both words and actions moving forward.
Thank you for reading,
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Foo Fighters perform festive Christmas medley on SNL.
Foo Fighters gave a a very festive performance during Saturday Night Live’s annual Christmas episode while donning some ugly Christmas sweaters just for the occasion.
Last night, Foo Fighters served as the musical guest for SNL’s Christmas episode in a performance that included the fan-favored “Everlong” solo before transforming into a festive Christmas medley that did not disappoint.
The band’s first performance included their recent single “The Sky Is A Neighborhood” from their latest album Concrete And Gold, but it was their second performance that was considered the highlight of the evening.
The three-song medley began with David Grohl performing the solo version of “Everlong” before being joined by the rest of the band for “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” and finishing with a kickass version of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
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