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Solar Eclipse To Be Feature Attraction
2012-11-11 10:07:37

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online Astronomers, other scientists and amateur space enthusiasts from around the world are preparing to converge on the coast of northeastern Australia, where spectators will be treated to a rare total eclipse of the sun later on this week. According to NASA reports, the eclipse will occur approximately one hour after sunrise on the morning of November 14, local Australian time. At that hour, the moon will pass directly in front...

solar eclipse
2012-01-29 11:37:45

Mark your calendar.  On Sunday, May 20th, the sun is going to turn into a ring of fire.  It's an annular solar eclipse--the first one in the USA in almost 18 years. An annular eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly in front of the sun, but the lunar disk is not quite wide enough to cover the entire star.  At maximum, the Moon forms a "black hole" in the center of the sun. The “path of annularity” is a strip about 300 km wide and thousands of km...

2011-06-01 09:05:28

By Dr. Tony Phillips - Science @ NASA It sounds like an oxymoron: a solar eclipse at midnight. According to NASA, it's about to happen. "It might sound like a contradiction to have a solar eclipse in the middle of the night, but this is what we will see in northern Norway, Sweden and Finland on June 1st," says Knut Joergen Roed Oedegaard, an astrophysicist at the Norwegian Centre for Science Education in Oslo. At this time of year, he explains, the sun doesn't set in Arctic parts of the...

2011-01-03 08:05:00

Ancient Norse mythology tells the tale of a pair of giant wolves that roam the skies chasing the Sun and Moon and becoming the bringers of an eclipse if they do indeed catch their prey. As northern Europe braces for the first solar eclipse of 2011, the ancient Viking legend recounts that a giant wolf named Skoll chases the Moon, and its brother Hati pursues the Sun. According to the legend, if either sinks their teeth into one and holds it back, it will cause an eclipse. But in reality,...

Word of the Day
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.