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Friday, July 19, 2024

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Live Updates: Global Tech Outage Grounds Flights and Hits Businesses

Airlines, banks and broadcasters were among the companies around the world reporting disruptions, citing technical issues.

Adam SatarianoDerrick Bryson Taylor
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Adam Satariano and 

Reporting from London

Here’s what to know about the outages.

A massive global technology outage on Friday took down airlines, medical services, TV broadcasts, banks and scores of other business and services around the world, a stunning example of the fragile dependence the global economy has on certain software and the cascading effect it can have when things go wrong.

The outage was attributed to CrowdStrike, a cybersecurity firm whose software is used by scores of industries around the world to protect against hackers and outside breaches. A software update issued by CrowdStrike appeared to be at the root of the problem, resulting in crashes of machines running the Microsoft Windows operating system.

“This is not a security incident or cyberattack,” said George Kurtz, the chief executive of CrowdStrike. “The issue has been identified, isolated and a fix has been deployed.”

Here’s how the spillover effects are being felt all over the world:

  • U.S. airlines were reporting major disruptions across the country. At least five U.S. airlines — Allegiant Air, American, Delta, Spirit and United — had grounded all flights for a time, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

  • The issues were also being felt at airports around the world, including Hong Kong International Airport, Sydney Airport, Berlin Brandenburg Airport, Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam and Denver International Airport. At the Manchester Airport in Britain, there were long lines in the departures area as many machines at check-in counters were not working. Ryanair, one of the largest airlines in Europe, said it was experiencing disruption because of a third party IT outage that is “entirely out of our control.”

  • In the U.S., the outage appeared to be affecting emergency 911 lines in multiple states, the U.S. Emergency Alert System said on social media. It said people experiencing emergencies should call the number for their local police or fire department.

  • In Britain, the National Health Service was experiencing a loss of access to its computer systems across a number of hospitals and doctors offices.

  • Many television broadcasters also reported problems. In France, TF1 and Canal+, among the most watched, said in posts on X that it couldn’t go on air. “We’re all onstage, but there’s a gigantic breakdown in the control room” making it impossible to go live, Christophe Beaugrand-Guerrin, a TF1 presenter, wrote on X.

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Perseid Meteor Shower—14 Best Parks For ‘Shooting Stars’ Experiences

Perseid Meteor Shower—14 Best Parks For ‘Shooting Stars’ Experiences

Updated Jul 16, 2024, 03:56pm EDT

“Stargazing in summer doesn't get much better than July and August, when the Milky Way arcs across the horizon after dark and, if you get your timing right, dozens of “shooting stars” can be seen as the Perseid meteor shower peaks overnight on Sunday, August 11 through Monday, August 12, 2024.

It happens once a year as Earth busts through the dust and rocks left in the inner solar system by Comet Swift-Tuttle. As they strike the atmosphere, they vaporize, causing a streak of light in the night sky for a fraction of a second.

Everyone should be able to see the Perseids. However, unchecked light pollution means that you will have to travel at least 25 miles/40 kilometers from an urban area to see any but the very brightest meteors.

ForbesThe Perseid Meteor Shower Begins Sunday: When To See It At Its BestBy 

You can use a Light Pollution Map for that, but an easy way to make sure you'll be in a dark place where artificial lighting is reduced and controlled—even outright banned—is to visit a Dark Sky Place.

The best way to experience a meteor shower is to go camping, staying up all night to catch the show—which will this year be best in the smaller hours of August 12 through dawn. However, be sure to reserve your camping and lodging now and certainly do not plan to travel at the last minute—you'll be one of thousands, and likely be turned away.

Here are some of the best places for dark skies across the U.S.

Where To See The Perseids: Northeast U.S.

Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania

This 82-acre park has a dedicated stargazing field that’s open year-round (as well as Astro Cabins with private stargazing fields). Check to see if it's hosting a special event for the Perseids—it often does. Night sky website

Acadia National Park, Maine

At this 47,000-acre Atlantic coast recreation area you can go Stargazing at Cadillac Summit, where you can walk along the Cadillac Summit Loop and put cameras on tripods on paved parking areas. Night sky website

Where To See The Perseids: Southeast U.S.

Staunton River State Park, Virginia

Near Scottsburg about 25 miles from the North Carolina border, Staunton River is a 2,400-acre park with woodlands, meadows and shoreline. It hosts the Staunton River Star Party every fall on the park’s Observation Field, which will also host a Perseids watch eventWebsite

Big Cypress National Preserve, Florida

The country's first national preserve consists of 729,000 acres of untouched Florida wilderness, with plenty of camping, canoeing, kayaking, hiking and bird watching. It's been a Dark Sky Park since 2016. Website

Where To See The Perseids: Midwest U.S.

Headlands International Dark Sky Park, Michigan

On the shores of Lake Michigan, this mecca for those searching for the aurora is also a fine place for the Perseids. A 550-acre Dark Sky Park, it has two miles of undeveloped beach that's open all night. Night sky website

Geauga Observatory Park, Ohio

This 1,100-acre Dark Sky Park is one of only two in Ohio. Visitors will notice downward-facing red lighting at night to maximize the view of the night sky. Night sky website

Where To See The Perseids: South U.S.

Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Texas

Just north of Fredericksburg is a pink granite dome 325 ft. above the surroundings called the Enchanted Rock. The unique granite dome provides an elevated viewing platform for the Perseid meteor shower. Night sky website

Big Bend National Park, Texas

This park’s very remote location means minimal light pollution, ideal for the Perseid meteor shower. The park often hosts star parties, moonlight walks and night sky interpretive programs. Website

Where To See The Perseids: Southwest U.S.

Dead Horse State Park, Utah

A remote, elevated location above a gooseneck in the Colorado River means dramatic views by day, but also by night. Stay in Kayenta Campground and, by day, visit Canyon lands National Park and Arches National Park nearby. Night sky website

Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah

The world’s first-ever International Dark Sky Park, Natural Bridges is super-dark and home to the spectacular Kachina, Owachomo and Sipapu natural bridges. Night sky website

Where To See The Perseids: West U.S.

Joshua Tree National Park, California

This park’s desert landscape is a mecca for those in search of dark skies, particularly for the Perseid meteor shower, so book a campground well ahead and expect crowds. Night sky website

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California

See “shooting stars” from park benches overlooking a huge open prairie, home to grazing Roosevelt elk and black-tailed deer, while staying in the ancient coast redwood forest. Website

Where To See The Perseids: Northwest U.S.

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Try for reflections of “shooting stars” in one of the world’s deepest, clearest and bluest lakes. Anywhere along the 33-mile Rim Drive is perfect, with places to stay including Crater Lake Lodge and camping away from the rim at Mazama Village. Website

Craters of the Moon, Idaho

This Dark Sky Park is a stark and barren region of cinder fields—hence the name—on the Snake River Plain in central Idaho. Extremely dark and with plenty of camping opportunities, it's going to be hard to beat for the Perseids. Night sky website

Pick up my books Stargazing in 2024A Stargazing Program For Beginners and When Is The Next Eclipse?

Wishing you clear skies and wide eyes.“