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20 April, 2022

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M Is FOR MASHUP - April 20th, 2022

Mashup Malt Shop Mix

By DJ Useo

Howdy, y’all - I’ve got a really fine mix of classic mashups for you today. I took a batch of rare blends that are mostly unavailable currently, & remastered them for maximum effect. Next, I played them live on decks as a mix, & posted it as a podcast.

The tunes included go through all the major styles, leaving you well-pleased, & ears full. The bootleggers featured vary from the unknown like Braaka, Duff Paddy & DJ Mike W, to the very well known like Dunproofin, ToToM, & Party Ben, plus more.

Content contained displays pairings like Rod Stewart vs Stevie Wonder, Doobie Brothers vs Deep Purple, & The Eagles vs Green Day. This is a set you can play for friends, & look like a genius. I employed a suggestion from mashup pal Minor Arth, & restrained the length to a mere ‘discs’ worth.

Stream, & download the entire one-track set here - "DJ Useo - Mashup Malt Shop"
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April 15 2022 (1:19:01)
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Have a fine week, & I’ll be back next time with an interesting new mashup album.

- DJ Konrad Useo



from Bruce



• Some music trivia: 1) Q: Who wrote Henry Purcell’s Trumpet Voluntary? A: Jeremiah Clarke (1670?-1707) composed the Trumpet Voluntary, but many people thought it was too good to have been written by him, so Henry Purcell (1659?-1695) was given the credit for composing it. 2) Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) took organ music seriously. He once walked 200 miles to hear the great organist Dietrich Buxtehude. 3) It helps to have long fingers if you are a pianist or an organist so that you can more easily reach widely separated keys. According to music historian Charles Burney, Johann Sebastian Bach sometimes used a stick in his mouth to strike keys he couldn’t reach with either hand. 4) George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) composed his Water Music for King George I of England. At its premiere, King George I sailed on a barge on the Thames, while another barge nearby played the Water Music. 5) Orlando di Lasso was a boy singer in Belgium in the 16th century. He was such a good singer that rival choirs kidnapped him three times.

• A few music anecdotes: 1) Conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler once ordered the musicians of the London Philharmonic Orchestra not to cross their legs as he felt that it looked unprofessional. At the very next performance, without any planning, every member of the orchestra whose instrument permitted it had his or her legs crossed when Maestro Furtwängler came out to conduct. When he raised the baton, they all uncrossed their legs. Later, Maestro Furtwängler apologized to the orchestra. 2) Conductor Georg Solti once told singer John Lanigan, “John, dear, I beat it in twelve here.” Mr. Lanigan replied, “Don’t worry, Maestro. I never look.” Sir Georg laughed. (Don’t worry—this anecdote uses music jargon that doesn’t need to be censored.) 3) Sir Malcolm Sargent once publicly rehearsed a piece written by Vaughan Williams, making alterations as he went along. Suddenly, a voice came from the audience, “Hey! What are you doing to my piece?” The voice belonged to Mr. Williams himself.

• A few jazz music anecdotes: 1) Jazz musician Wynton Marsalis believes that it takes more skill to play jazz than it takes to play classical music. In 1984, he won Grammys for making both kinds of music—he won as Best Classical Soloist with Orchestra and as Best Jazz Soloist. He also decided that year to devote himself solely to playing jazz. 2) As a young boy, jazz musician Louis Armstrong frequently did not have enough food to eat. He sometimes scavenged through garbage cans looking for something edible. 3) Some musicians played for Duke Ellington for most of their careers. For example, Harry Carney joined Mr. Ellington’s band in 1927 when he was 17 years old and was still playing for him 47 years later, when Mr. Ellington died. 4) Charlie “Bird” Parker was a genius while playing the saxophone, but far from a genius while attending school. He once said that he had “spent three years in high school and wound up a freshman.”

• Famous violinist Eduard Reményi used to amaze audiences by seeming to play a long low note at the same time he played a series of high notes. Such a feat is impossible, and this is the trick he used: While he stood on stage playing the series of high notes, backstage an organist played the long low note. By the way, Niccolo Paganini was such a gifted violinist that after hearing him play, a professional musician by the name of Mori raised his own violin over his head and offered to sell it for only eighteen cents. Also by the way, famous violinist August Wilhemj knew how to make a violin sound good and how to make it sound bad. When he wanted to sell a violin, he played it and made it sound good, and when he wished to buy a violin, he played it and made it sound bad.

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Trivia Question of the Day

The biggest-selling jazz single, composed by saxophonist Paul Desmond and written in 5/4 time, was first played for a live audience at the Newport Jazz Festival on July 5, 1959. What is the title of this jazz standard?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Released on April 20, 2012, what Willie Nelson single, featuring vocals by Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson and Jamey Johnson, is a lighthearted tribute to cremation?

       "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die"                                                      Source

"Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die" is a Willie Nelson single from his 2012 album Heroes. The song written by Willie Nelson, Buddy Cannon, Rich Alves, John Colgin and Mike McQuerry, features vocals by Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson and Jamey Johnson.

It was released on April 20, 2012 on 420 day, a counterculture holiday in North America related to cannabis culture. It became the first released single from the album. The same day, Nelson performed the song during the unveiling ceremony of his statue in Austin, Texas.

Initially, the album was to be named Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die, after the single. The name was later changed to Heroes, after Nelson and his production team decided that the original name could deter some conservative sales outlets from carrying the album. Besides its regular release, the single was also made available in a green-colored 7" vinyl, in support of Record Store Day with a special previously unreleased solo version of the song performed by Willie Nelson.        Source

Willie Nelson - Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die (Live Version) | YouTube

Pot Sounds: The 20 Greatest Songs About Weed | Rolling Stone

Best Songs About Weed: 35 Marijuana-Themed Tracks | Udiscovermusic

Mark. was first, and correct, with:
   Roll Me Up.

Randall wrote:
   Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die

Cal in Vermont said:
   "Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die".

Alan J answered:
   Roll Me Up.

Dave responded:
   Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die. Released on the 4/20 national stoner’s holiday. In 2019 Willie said he gave up smoking weed to help his breathing, but continues to use cannabis in other forms.

zorch replied:
   ‘Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.’

Deborah, the Master Gardener wrote:
   “Roll me up and smoke me when I die” is the name of the song. That would be a hoot to sing on an airplane to a captive (and probably unappreciative) crowd.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die

Adam answered:
   Roll Me Up

Rosemary in Columbus responded:
   Roll Me Up

Jacqueline replied:
   My Medicine

David of Moon Valley wrote:
  …Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die?….and given that it’s 4/20 ah’m gonna roll me up something, for sure….

Billy in Cypress U.S.A. said:
   'Roll Me Up' and smoke me when I die!
  May they all live long and prosper before they are smoked.

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BttbBob     has returned to semi-retired status.
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Sally has retired.

MAM     In memory.




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Music: "The Wild are Welcome"

Single: This is a one-track single.

Artist: Sean O’Hagen

Artist Location: London, UK


Sean O’Hagan (born 1959) is an Irish singer, songwriter, and arranger who leads the avant-pop band the High Llamas, which he founded in 1992. He is also known for being one half of the songwriting duo (with Cathal Coughlan) in Microdisney and for his work with the English-French band Stereolab.” — Wikipedia

“This April [2020], the animals were coming back to the cities. I love our wild in London, the foxes and badgers – but then sheep, deer and goats started to stray back into the edges of urbanity, in Essex and on the fringes of Swansea and Edinburgh. So I imagined the conversations the animals were having as they acclimatised to the new norm. And of course it flipped the status for the rest of us not in captivity, as we stared out at the wild from our lockdown.”

“Following the spirit. Sweet music to feed the soul. Get it out there, however you can. Channel the past, learn from the young. Check out brother High Llamas.” Sean O’Hagen

Price: $1 (USD) for one-track single

Genre: Pop.


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Analyst says Texas Gov. Abbott's border snarls cost billions in GDP | Axios

Bullying Mickey Mouse: Rejected by the public, Republicans take their anger out on Disney | Salon

DeSantis targets Disney’s self-governing status in escalation over ‘Don’t Say Gay’ | Politico

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Fox News' Jesse Watters makes curious confession about how he met his wife | Salon

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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Gas was $5.35/gal (cash) at the no-name station ($5.45/gal credit).

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'Survivor', followed by a FRESH 'Beyond The Edge', then a FRESH 'Good Sam'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Alexander Skarsgård and Jack White.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Pete Holmes, Lucy Boynton, and Jay Jurden.

NBC opens the night with a FRESH 'Chicago Med', followed by a FRESH 'Chicago Fire', then a FRESH 'Chicago PD'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Marlon Wayans, Natasha Lyonne, and Dove Cameron.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Kaley Cuoco, Aasif Mandvi, and Amyl and the Sniffers.
Stephen Colbert: James Corden: Jimmy Fallon: Seth Meyers: Jimmy Kimmel: The Daily Show:

ABC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Goldbergs', followed by a FRESH 'The Wonder Years', then a FRESH 'The Connors', followed by a FRESH 'Home Ec', then a FRESH 'A Million Little Things'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Nicolas Cage, Vanessa Bayer, and Noah Cyrus.

The CW fills the night with the FRESH 'Freddie Mercury: The Final Act'.

Faux has a FRESH 'The Masked Singer', followed by a FRESH 'Domino Masters'.

MY recycles an old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by another old 'Big Bang Theory', then an old 'King Of Queens', followed by another old 'King Of Queens'.

A&E has all old 'The First 48' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'Unforgiven', followed by the movie 'Twister'.

BBC  -   
 [11:00AM]   ANGELS & DEMONS
 [2:00PM - 8:00PM]   LAW & ORDER
 [9:00PM]   HANCOCK
 [1:01AM]   HANCOCK

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of OC', then another FRESH 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens: Live'.

Comedy Central has all old 'South Park' all night.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show With Trevor Noah is Gabriel Iglesias.

FX has the movie 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier', followed by a FRESH 'Snowfall'.

History has 'Forged In Fire', another 'Forged In Fire', followed by a FRESH 'Forged In Fire'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00am - 11:30am]   3rd Rock From The Sun
 [12:00pm - 9:30pm]   Everybody Loves Raymond
 [10:00pm - 2:30am]   Three's Company
 [3:00am - 5:00am]   Scrubs
 [5:30am]   Three's Company    (ALL TIMES ET)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00am - 9:30am]   the andy griffith show
 [10:00am - 9:00pm]   criminal minds
 [10:00pm - 2:00am]   perry mason
 [3:00am - 5:30am]   the andy griffith show    (ALL TIMES ET)

SyFy has the movie 'Zombieland', followed by the movie 'The A-Team'.

 [6:00AM]      Girl Rush (1944)
 [7:15AM]      Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1944)
 [8:45AM]      Rachel and the Stranger (1948)
 [10:30AM]      The Big Steal (1949)
 [12:00PM]      She Couldn't Say No (1954)
 [1:45PM]      The Sundowners (1960)
 [4:15PM]      The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1969)
 [6:00PM]      The Wrath of God (1972)
 [8:00PM]      The Man with the Golden Arm (1956)
 [10:15PM]      The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
 [12:15AM]      The Basketball Diaries (1995)
 [2:00AM]      Dusty and Sweets McGee (1971)
 [3:45AM]      Distant Drummer: Flowers of Darkness (1972)
 [4:15AM]      Hollywood Party (1934)    (ALL TIMES ET)

Thursday - 04/21/22

 [6:00AM]      Invitation (1952)
 [7:30AM]      Lizzie (1957)
 [9:00AM]      Wall of Noise (1963)
 [11:00AM]      In the Cool of the Day (1963)
 [12:30PM]      BUtterfield 8 (1960)
 [2:30PM]      Of Human Bondage (1964)
 [4:15PM]      The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)
 [6:00PM]      Dear Heart (1964)
 [8:00PM]      A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949)
 [10:00PM]      Berkeley Square (1933) [ *Pre-Hayes Code* ]
 [11:45PM]      It Happened Tomorrow (1944)
 [1:30AM]      Turn Back the Clock (1933) [ *Pre-Hayes Code* ]
 [3:00AM]      The Story of Mankind (1957)
 [4:45AM]      The Boy and the Pirates (1960)    (ALL TIMES ET)

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‘Winning Time’ Series

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is definitely not a fan of “Winning Time,” the HBO series dramatizing 1980s Los Angeles and the rise of the NBA’s Lakers. In a lengthy review posted on his Substack, the Hall of Famer had some harsh criticisms of the show.

In his post, Abdul-Jabbar admits that he originally “had no real interest in watching the show,” simply because he actually lived through the events of the plot. “To watch 10 hours of someone else’s interpretation seemed like a waste of my time,” he writes.

To preface his thoughts, Abdul-Jabbar made it clear that his opinion on the show “has nothing to do with how I’m portrayed” or with how factual it is. That being said, he did have problems with how virtually everyone was portrayed — but more from an artistic, storytelling perspective.

“The characters are crude stick-figure representations that resemble real people the way Lego Hans Solo resembles Harrison Ford,” he writes. “Each character is reduced to a single bold trait as if the writers were afraid anything more complex would tax the viewers’ comprehension.”

“If you gathered the biggest gossip-mongers from the Real Housewives franchise and they collected all the rumors they heard about each other from Twitter and then played Telephone with each other you’d have the stitched together Frankenstein’s monster that is this show,” he added. “I was shocked that for all the talent and budget, the result was so lacking in substance and humor.”

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar



Prime Time Ratings


Among the broadcast networks, CBS led the way last week with an average of 4.5 million viewers in prime time. ABC had 3.5 million, NBC had 3 million, Fox had 2.8 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Ion Television had 1 million and Telemundo had 800,000.

Fox News Channel led the cable networks with a prime-time average of 2.24 million viewers. TNT had 1.59 million, ESPN had 1.23 million, MSNBC had 1.16 million and HGTV had 977,000.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” led the evening news ratings with an average of 8 million viewers last week. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 6.6 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 4.6 million.

For the week of April 11-17, the top 20 most-watched prime-time programs, their networks and viewerships:

     1. “FBI,” CBS, 7.39 million.
     2. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.12 million.
     3. “Chicago Fire,” NBC, 7.11 million.
     4. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 6.85 million.
     5. “Chicago Med,” NBC, 6.77 million.
     6. “The Equalizer,” CBS, 6.64 million.
     7. “Ghosts,” CBS, 5.96 million.
     8. “Chicago PD,” NBC, 5.92 million.
     9. “FBI: International,” CBS, 5.79 million.
    10. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 5.64 million.
    11. “FBI: Most Wanted,” CBS, 5.43 million.
    12. “CMT Music Awards,” CBS, 5.33 million.
    13. “American Idol” (Monday), ABC, 5.31 million.
    14. “American Idol” (Sunday), ABC, 5.27 million.
    15. “Survivor,” CBS, 5.08 million.
    16. “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” ABC, 5.07 million.
    17. “911,” Fox, 5.06 million.
    18. “United States of Al,” CBS, 4.91 million.
    19. NBA Playoffs: Chicago at Milwaukee, Turner, 4.77 million.
    20. “Law & Order: SVU,” NBC, 4.74 million.



Newhead News


Renewed For Season 10

‘The Goldbergs’

The Goldbergs, which recently hit the 200-episode mark, will keep going as ABC has renewed the family comedy for a 10th season.

With the pickup, the series from creator Adam F. Goldberg and Sony Pictures TV joins an exclusive club of live-action broadcast comedies that have gone to double-digit runs. It is the longest-running live-action network comedy series currently on the air.

The Goldbergs renewal comes as little surprise given that ABC in March inked a new deal with star/EP Wendi McLendon-Covey to continue on the series, as Deadline exclusively reported. Fellow original cast members Sean Giambrone, Troy Gentile and Hayley Orrantia also have closed deals to return, Deadline has learned. They will continue to star alongside Sam Lerner, who was upped to series regular in Season 5.

The renewal caps a trying year for The Goldbergs, which follows the challenges, ups, downs, twists and turns in the life of the chaotic but loving titular family during the Reagan era. In the past 13 months, the comedy lost two core cast members: George Segal, who died in March 2021 of complications from bypass surgery, and Jeff Garlin, who exited in December following multiple misconduct allegations and HR investigations.

Ratings-wise, The Goldbergs has been a reliable performer for ABC and an anchor of the network’s Wednesday comedy lineup, remaining ABC’s top program on the night this season.

‘The Goldbergs’



Loses 200K Subscribers


Netflix suffered its first subscriber loss in more than a decade, causing its shares to plunge 25% in extended trading amid concerns that the pioneering streaming service may have already seen its best days.

The company’s customer base fell by 200,000 subscribers during the January-March period, according to its quarterly earnings report released Tuesday It’s the first time that Netflix’s subscribers have fallen since the streaming service became available throughout most of the world outside of China six years ago. The drop this year stemmed in part from Netflix’s decision to withdraw from Russia to protest the war against Ukraine, resulting in a loss of 700,00 subscribers.

Even so, Netflix acknowledged its problems are deep rooted by projecting a loss of another 2 million subscribers during the April-June period.

If the stock drop extends into Wednesday’s regular trading session, Netflix shares will have lost more than half of their value so far this year — wiping out about $150 billion in shareholder wealth in less than four months.

It marks the fourth time in the last five quarters that Netflix’s subscriber growth has fallen below the gains of the previous year. Now investors fear that its streaming service may be mired in a malaise that has been magnified by stiffening competition from well-funded rivals such as Apple and Walt Disney.



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Conservatives Having a Meltdown

Libs of TikTok

When a well-known reporter on the internet culture beat writes about a viral right-wing social media account, what’s the proper response? Well, if you’re a conservative on the internet, the best course of action is to get really upset and let everyone on Twitter know just how you’re feeling.

That’s the method a special segment of Twitter deployed Monday upon learning of Washington Post columnist Taylor Lorenz’s plans to publish a story about the wildly popular (and much maligned) Libs of TikTok — an openly bigoted and homophobic social media account that reposts so-called “liberal” content culled from various platforms repackaged to produce maximum engagement via rage clicks.

Libs of TikTok is a favorite among terminally online conservatives, who believe the account’s cherry-picked curation of primarily LGBT-oriented content lends credence to right-wing conspiracy theories claiming America’s youth are being coerced and “groomed” into homosexuality and transgenderism.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ press secretary and right-wing Twitter figurehead Christina Pushaw ignited the backlash against Lorenz when she shared a screenshot of an email purportedly from the journalist, which stated the Post is “running a story exposing the woman behind the ‘Libs of TikTok’ account.” The alleged email also mentions Pushaw’s “many interactions” with Libs of TikTok — echoing a recent Media Matters report examining Pushaw’s questionable admiration for the account, which noted that DeSantis’ mouthpiece and Libs of TikTok “have interacted with each other at least 138 times since June 2021.”

Libs of TikTok emerged on social media in early 2021, its popularity buoyed by capitalizing upon the nonsensical fear-mongering beliefs that took hold in conservative circles during the buildup to the presidential election. Banned from both TikTok and Instagram (and suspended numerous times by Twitter), the account is now focused on cultivating an audience not on mainstream social media platforms, engaging with audiences via a newsletter and on notoriously right-leaning sites including Gettr, Rumble, and Gab. (Spreading misinformation and fear-mongering hate speech sure is a busy job!)

Libs of TikTok



India's First Openly Gay Prince

Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil

Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, the 39th direct descendant of India's Gohil Rajput dynasty, knew he was gay at age 12. But he could only live his truth three decades later.

Gohil publicly came out in an interview to a local newspaper in 2006, becoming the first openly gay royal in the country. He was 41 at the time.

Until 2018, homosexuality was illegal in India, punishable under Section 377, a colonial-era draconian law that demanded up to life imprisonment for anyone committing sexual acts "against the order of nature." Naturally, Gohil's public unmasking triggered a nation-wide scandal. The entire town of Rajpipla — a formerly princely state located in the western state of Gujarat where his ancestors were kings — turned on him.

"The day I came out, my effigies were burnt. There were a lot of protests, people took to the streets and shouted slogans saying that I brought shame and humiliation to the royal family and to the culture of India. There were death-threats and demands that I be stripped off of my title," Gohil told Insider over a phone call from the coastal state of Kerala.

His parents, the Maharaja and Maharani of Rajpipla, responded with similar rage. They publicly disowned him as their son and took out advertisements in newspapers announcing that he was cut off as heir due to his involvement in activities "unsuitable to society".

Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil



14 States

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Among the latest victims of the bird flu outbreak sweeping across the country: the national bird of the United States.

Bald eagles in 14 states died after contracting bird flu, and eagles in another two states are suspected of falling ill with the highly pathogenic avian influenza, or HPAI, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In total, 36 bald eagles have died since February.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources reported Thursday that three bald eagles in the state that died recently tested positive for the bird flu virus. Other dead bald eagles also will be tested.

Officials said recent aerial surveys of eagle nests on the state's coast revealed several failed nests, including eaglets dead or missing when they normally wouldn't have left the nest yet. Bob Sargent, program manager with the department's wildlife conservation section, said nest success is down about 30% this year.

Tens of millions of domestic and wild birds have died or were euthanized as a result of the disease, which is especially deadly to domestic poultry. It has been detected in 32 states as of Saturday, most recently Utah and Idaho.

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Mysterious Glowing Swirl


A dying SpaceX rocket stage generated a strange and stunning "night spiral" over Hawaii.

The Subaru Telescope captured a video of the "flying whirlpool," as termed it, on Sunday (April 17) near Mauna Kea, hours after a California-based Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched a spy satellite into orbit.

SpaceX launched the spy satellite for the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). The Falcon 9 rocket was capped by a NROL-85 spacecraft, which lifted off at 9:13 am EDT (13:13 UTC) from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California; the activity and payload of the spacecraft were classified.

The Subaru Telescope is an 8.2-meter optical-infrared telescope located in Hawaii and operated by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. The facility operates at 13,579 feet (4,139 meters) in altitude.

The Subaru-Asahi Sky Camera, which captured the footage, is an outreach camera project in collaboration with the Asahi-Shimbun, a large Japanese newspaper. The project started in 2021 to livestream the night sky, Subaru stated in a press release about the project.







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