From the Nightline staff to you, here are the news, notes, insights and what we find interesting in general, coming at you this Thursday, March 8.
8:16 p.m. ET: Area 51 + Princess Leia + gas station + convenience store = a brothel? Tonight, ABC’s David Wright reports on a galactic-themed legal brothel in Nevada that offers to satisfy any sci-fi geek’s wildest sexual fantasies.
5:08 p.m. ET: One of our producers Katie Hinman tweeted this photo while on assignment at SpaceX:
It’s a pen, by the way, not an actual rocket. She said that’s all the folks at SpaceX would let her take a picture of since it’s all top secret stuff they’re making here.
4:13 p.m. ET: It’s a gorgeous day here at ABC’s NY headquarters and behold!– ice-tea flavored beer. Summer must really be on its way…
1:08 p.m. ET: Solar flares are pretty cool, even if you can’t see them from the Nightline offices.
NASA captured the one of the largest solar flares of the sun’s solar cycle on March 6, at 7 p.m. ET. The flare is categorized in the X-5 class; X is the strongest type on scientists’ scales.
There were concerns that the monstrous geomagnetic storm would blast the Earth with a giant dose of radiation and disrupt the power grid, but so far it appears to be a minor event.
11:02 a.m. ET: Nightline morning meeting starts.
10:42 a.m. ET: “Nightline” anchor Bill Weir walks into the office, fresh from his trip to Japan, where he was reporting on how the country has tried to rebuild after the devastating earthquake last year.