Lunar eclipse coming Sunday night, though it might be hard to see

The celestial bodies are aligning for a show this weekend, though clouds over Portland might block it from view.

A penumbral lunar eclipse will take place late Sunday night in Monday morning, Nov. 29 to 30, according to NASA, gradually darkening the face of the moon for more than four hours. It will be the second lunar eclipse visible in Oregon this year, following a previous penumbral eclipse in July.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth’s shadow falls over the moon, and it can only happen at a full moon when then sun, Earth and moon all align. A penumbral eclipse is much more subtle than a total or even partial eclipse, as only the lighter outer shadow of the Earth (called the penumbra) darkens the moon.

During a penumbral lunar eclipse, the moon gradually grows a little darker until the maximum eclipse, after which it gradually lightens again.

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Starting Sunday, You Can Dive Into ‘Black In Marine Science Week’

Starting Sunday, November 29, a coalition of Black marine scientists are taking to social media to raise the visibility of Black people in the marine sciences through a week-long event: #BlackInMarineScienceWeek.

Marine science is a diverse field which spans many fields, including geology, oceanography, biology, ecology, and chemistry. But, in most cases, a major component of marine science requires water competency – a historically segregated life skill that has narrowed the path to aquatic recreation and SCUBA diving for many Black ocean enthusiasts. Additionally, ocean-focused research often happens in remote locations and/or in areas with predominantly white populations that exclude Black scientists without the means or exposure to participate in such acitivities.

Certain events this week will address this racist history (such as #BlackUnderTheWater and #DivingWhileBlack), but largely they will showcase and celebrate

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What’s on TV Saturday and Sunday Talk ‘The Call of the Wild’

During the coronavirus crisis, the Los Angeles Times is making some temporary changes to our print sections. The prime-time TV grid is on hiatus in print but an expanded version is available in your daily Times eNewspaper. You can find a printable PDF online at: latimes.com/whats-on-tv.

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Earth’s Great Seasons “Winter (Extended)” (N) 8 p.m. BBC America

Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet (N) 9 p.m. Animal Planet

History’s Greatest Mysteries Explorer Richard Shackleton led a 1914 expedition to Antarctica but not long after his team arrived, their ship, the Endurance, was destroyed by the encroaching polar ice. Shackleton’s subsequent attempt to lead his 27 men to safety across the frozen tundra became an epic struggle. Laurence Fishburne narrates the new episode “Endurance: The Hunt for Shackleton’s Ice Ship.” 9 p.m. History

Mega Zoo Problems arise when an African wild dog undergoes critical surgery.10 p.m. Animal Planet

The Secret Life of

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The Nintendo Switch Mario Kart Black Friday bundle hits Best Buy, Amazon and Target on Sunday

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This story is part of Holiday Gift Guide 2020, CNET’s gift picks with expert advice, reviews and recommendations for the latest tech gifts for you and your family.

No, the Xbox Series X and PS5 aren’t the only must-have videogame consoles of 2020. It may be three years old, but the Nintendo Switch is still at the top of many people’s holiday wish list. Since late summer, pandemic-starved inventory channels have been replenished, and the Switch remains difficult but not impossible to get. But that may change soon: Starting Sunday, Nov. 22, a special Black Friday Switch bundle will hit major retailers. Here’s what you get in the box for $300:

In other words, you’re getting the same great hardware that can connect to a TV or be played in your hands, with some free games thrown in. So even if you’re brand-new to the Switch,

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SpaceX Launches Four Astronauts To ISS On Sunday

Four astronauts were poised to launch on the SpaceX Crew Dragon “Resilience” to the International Space Station on Sunday, the first of what the US hopes will be many routine missions following a successful test flight in late spring.

Three Americans — Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker — and Japan’s Soichi Noguchi will blast off at 7:27 pm Sunday (0027 GMT Monday) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

In May, SpaceX completed a demonstration mission showing it could take astronauts to the ISS and bring them back safely, thus ending almost a decade of reliance on Russia for rides on its Soyuz rockets.

NASA astronauts Shannon Walker (L), Victor Glover (2nd L), Mike Hopkins (2nd R) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi (R), are pictured wearing SpaceX spacesuits in a dress rehearsal ahead of the Crew Dragon launch NASA astronauts Shannon Walker (L), Victor Glover (2nd L), Mike Hopkins (2nd R) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi (R), are pictured wearing SpaceX spacesuits in a dress rehearsal ahead of the Crew Dragon launch Photo: NASA / Joel KOWSKY

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SpaceX launch is delayed till Sunday because of rough seas

Now that NASA has deemed that mission a success, from launch to docking to splashdown, SpaceX is moving ahead with what it hopes will be regular flights to the space station carrying full contingents of astronauts for extended stays. The first of those “operational” flights, as NASA calls them, is scheduled for this weekend, with four space travelers — three from the United States and one from Japan — aboard. But there is nothing routine about it.

That was made clear Friday, when the mission’s planned Saturday launch was thrown into doubt after Elon Musk, SpaceX’s founder and CEO, tweeted that he had twice tested positive for the coronavirus, but also had tested negative the same day. He said he had been feeling unwell the past few days: “Mild sniffles & cough & slight fever past few days. Right now, no symptoms, although I did take NyQuil.”

But the news

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SpaceX-NASA launch postponed to Sunday due to weather

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine speaks during a press briefing at the Kennedy Space Center on November 13, 2020 in Cape Canav
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine speaks during a press briefing at the Kennedy Space Center on November 13, 2020 in Cape Canaveral, Florida

NASA on Friday said the planned launch of a crewed SpaceX vessel to the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday had to be postponed by a day due to inclement weather.


“Due to onshore winds and recovery operations, @NASA and @SpaceX are targeting launch of the Crew-1 mission with astronauts to the @Space_Station at 7:27 p.m. EST Sunday, Nov. 15 (0027 GMT Monday),” NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted.

“Recovery operations” refers to the ships that have to be moved into place in case the mission is aborted after launch and the crew is forced to splash down in the ocean.

Sunday’s launch begins the first of what the US hopes will become routine missions for SpaceX following a successful test flight in late spring.

That demonstration flight in

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NASA Delays Milestone SpaceX Flight Until Sunday on Weather

(Bloomberg) — NASA and SpaceX delayed the launch of their first regular commercial crew flight by a day because of weather conditions that could threaten recovery operations at sea if the Dragon capsule has to abort the flight during ascent.

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SpaceX will send four astronauts to the International Space Station on Sunday evening instead of Saturday “due to onshore winds and recovery operations,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine tweeted Friday after a readiness review.

The Crew-1 launch is now scheduled to blast off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 7:27 p.m. on Sunday, with docking at the station planned for 27 hours later. The trip will be SpaceX’s first regular crew rotation to the orbiting lab, three months after the company completed a high-profile trial run.

NASA has contingencies for crew rescue operations along the U.S. East Coast and across the North Atlantic if a mishap forces the Dragon capsule

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Halloween weekend’s Blue Moon to last through Sunday

NASA Astronaut Chris Cassidy, serving as commander of the Expedition 63 mission aboard the International Space Station, took these photos of Hurricane Laura as it continued to strengthen in the Gulf of Mexico on August 25. Photo courtesy of NASA | License Photo

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Sunday deals: $8.49 Bluetooth speaker, $14 foaming soap dispenser, $325 iPhone XR, more

Welcome to the weekend. After a flurry of sales last week, we might be in a bit of a lull before early Black Friday deals start to kick in next week. Even so, it’s far from a deal desert. There are still a few Amazon devices on sale at Best Buy, leftovers from last week’s 60-hour sale event. And here are some more great deals to carry you through the weekend. 

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Amazon seller: VicTsing Direct

Price: $8.49 with promo code VTBH338AB (red model) or VTBH338AC (black model)

The R4 has been around awhile; it always sells out quickly when there’s a deal like this, and people always seem pretty happy with it. I can see why: It’s a splash-proof, Bluetooth 5.0 speaker that promises up to 24 hours of uninterrupted play time. 

And, remember, not every situation demands premium audio. If you just want to, say, listen to

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