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Category Archives: eclipses
Known most for bringing philosophy to Athens before the era of Socrates, Anaxagoras is recognized as the first person in history to correctly explain eclipses. He claimed that material variation was caused by relative preponderance over other ingredients, explaining how change could occur in the pre-Socratic era. Before him, there stands no record of anybody … Continue reading Anaxagoras → Continue reading → Continue reading
On February 27, 2017 there will be an annular solar eclipse visible in parts of the South America and Southern Africa. A solar eclipse happens when the moon gets between the earth and the sun. An annular solar eclipse is like a total solar eclipse but instead of blocking all the visible light from the … Continue reading “Feb 27 Solar Eclipse”Continue reading → Continue reading
The appearance of an impressive annular eclipse is slated to take place later this month, Sunday the 26th, in the southern half of the world. The eclipse is scheduled to appear west of Southern Chile, with the best viewings possible from Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Zambia. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the […]Continue reading → Continue reading
Eclipses have been used to increased drama in books and movies for over a century. One specific example that comes to mind is the novel Delores Claiborne by Stephen King. A main focus of the story is around a solar eclipse during which the main character’s father dies in a suspicious way, depicted on the cover art […]Continue reading → Continue reading
What you see above is an almost total solar eclipse. One of the easiest astrological phenomenons to observe due to its size in the sky is a solar or lunar eclipse. Now what is an eclipse exactly? Well it when either the moon aligns perfectly between the sun and earth in the case of […] Continue reading → Continue reading
Due to the constant nature of the laws of physics, scientists can predict future eclipses with remarkable accuracy. These events are caused by the moon partially or (more rarely) totally obscuring the Sun’s path to the Earth. During solar eclipses we are able to see the Sun’s outermost halo, called the corona, which is usually […] Continue reading → Continue reading
I remeber a couple years ago I was in Florida and… I’m blanking on what type of eclipse it was, but it was incredible. My dad was yelling at me to come outside and watch it. I was pretty young so I don’t remember a lot, but I do remember that I was amazed by […] Continue reading → Continue reading
People have been fascinated with total solar eclipses. Part of that fascination comes from how rare they are. Solar eclipses occur every 18 months on average, but what makes them so rare is that they are visible from limited number of locations on Earth. It ends up being that a particular location would observe a […] Continue reading → Continue reading