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Astronomy professor Daniel Caton stands next to a low-light video camera at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. He hopes to use the cameras to capture a phenomenon known as the Brown Mountain Lights. (Associated Press)

Astronomy professor Daniel Caton stands next to a low-light video camera at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. He hopes to use the cameras to capture a phenomenon known as the Brown Mountain Lights. (Associated Press)

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Say hello, Assad: See the Navy warships off the coast of Syria

The Navy has sent four warships — USS Ramage, USS Mahan, USS Gravely and USS Barry — armed with ballistic missiles into the eastern Mediterranean Sea amid violence in Syria. Navy ships are capable of a variety of military actions, including launching Tomahawk cruise missiles as they did against Libya in 2011.