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Upcoming Total SOlar Eclipse To Be Documented
2012-11-05 13:25:40

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Australians will have the privilege of witnessing a total solar eclipse about an hour after sunrise on November 14. The eclipse will be visible from the northeastern Australia coast, along the Great Barrier Reef, during which astronomers will be working on scientific observations. Jay Pasachoff, Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy at Williams College, will be viewing his 56th solar eclipse, along with colleagues and...

Mysterious Arc Of Venus To Be Seen During Transit
2012-06-05 09:16:17

When Venus transits the sun on June 5th and 6th, an armada of spacecraft and ground-based telescopes will be on the lookout for something elusive and, until recently, unexpected: The Arc of Venus. "I was flabbergasted when I first saw it during the 2004 transit," recalls astronomy professor Jay Pasachoff of Williams College. "A bright, glowing rim appeared around the edge of Venus soon after it began to move into the sun." For a brief instant, the planet had turned into a "ring of...

Rare Venus Event Expected In June
2012-05-01 08:39:53

A once-in-a-lifetime event is on its way -- an event that hasn´t occurred since 1882 and will not occur again until 2117 -- and will be a spectacular event for millions of people all around the world. The Transit of Venus, as it is called, occurs when the planet passes across the face of the Sun. It is viewable from Earth as a small black dot on the solar surface and takes about six hours to complete its transit. The event will occur on June 5 and 6 and will be visible across much of...

2010-06-20 08:18:52

A large group of scientists, including Jay Pasachoff, Bryce Babcock, and Steven Souza at Williams College, reveal the character of one of the most distant objects in the solar system in a scientific paper which appeared in the June 17 issue of the journal Nature. In observing the object named 2002 TX300 on October 9, 2009, as it passed in front of a distant star, they could tell what its surface is like and its size. For several years, Pasachoff, Babcock, and Souza have worked with James...

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2009-07-22 11:15:00

Citizens of India and China witnessed the longest total solar eclipse of the century on Wednesday. Scientists as well as religious men and women crowded the cities in hopes of catching a glimpse of the eclipse, which lasted a total of six minutes and 39 seconds.The eclipse first appeared in the skies over India, where many devoted Hindus had crowded the streets and the banks of the Ganges in a time of religious celebration for the eclipse."We have come here because our elders told us this is...

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2009-06-10 14:38:55

Championing the modern-day use of solar eclipses to solve a set of modern problems is the goal of a review article written by Jay Pasachoff, visiting associate at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy at Williams College. The review is the cover story of the June 11 issue of Nature, as part of its coverage of the International Year of Astronomy. Pasachoff's review article describes the history of eclipse discoveries, as well as current...

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2006-11-02 15:10:00

Scientists from Williams College and the University of Arizona will observe Mercury in front of Venus from vantage points on earthbound mountains and with orbiting spacecraft on Wednesday. Nov. 8. Jay Pasachoff of Williams College (Williamstown, Massachusetts) and Glenn Schneider of the Steward Observatory of the University of Arizona (Tucson, Arizona) will be perched at the University of Hawaii's solar observatory, at the rim of the giant Haleakala crater at an altitude of 10,000 feet on the...

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2006-03-29 14:56:15

Greece -- Scientists from around the world joined this Greek island's 250 residents and countless visitors Wednesday in cheering the drama of the Moon totally blocking the Sun, revealing the dancing glow of its corona. "It was even more fabulous than we expected," said Jay Pasachoff, professor of astronomy at Williams College (in Williamstown, Mass.) who observed his 42nd solar eclipse. "All the technical equipment worked perfectly, the corona shone brightly, and the activity around sunspots...

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2005-07-23 10:06:55

Astrobiology Magazine -- In a feat of astronomical and terrestrial alignment, a group of scientists from MIT and Williams College recently succeeded in observing distant Pluto's tiny moon, Charon, hide a star. Such an event had been seen only once before, by a single telescope 25 years ago, and then not nearly as well. The MIT-Williams consortium spotted it with four telescopes in Chile on the night of July 10-11. In addition to assessing whether Charon has an atmosphere, the team expects to...

2005-07-20 17:40:00

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - In a feat of astronomical and terrestrial alignment, a group of scientists from MIT (Cambridge, Mass.) and Williams College (Williamstown, Mass.) recently succeeded in observing distant Pluto's tiny moon, Charon, hide a star. Such an event had been seen only once before, by a single telescope 25 years ago, and then not nearly as well. The MIT-Williams consortium spotted it with four telescopes in Chile on the night of July 10-11. In addition to assessing whether Charon has...


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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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