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Partial Solar Eclipse Taking Place Black Friday
2011-11-22 12:06:31

A small portion of the world will be able to experience a partial solar eclipse this coming Black Friday, Nov. 25th. While shoppers in the U.S. are looking forward to coming sales on Friday, astronomers and stargazers in New Zealand, Tasmania and parts of South Africa are preparing for an annular eclipse. The eclipse will reach a maximum coverage at 06:20:17 UT of magnitude .905 and will be the largest and last partial eclipse of the year. An annular eclipse is similar to a total...

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,...

2010-12-20 18:05:00

This year's winter solstice will coincide with a full lunar eclipse for the first time in 456 years.The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year, and it has not fallen on the same day as a lunar eclipse since 1554, according to NASA. This eclipse will be the second on two eclipses in 2010.  The first was a partial lunar eclipse that took place on June 26, 2010.  Some believe that this event holds special significance, such as one ancient culture who saw the winter solstice as...

Latest Saros cycle Reference Libraries

2004-10-19 04:45:41

Eclipse -- An eclipse occurs when an astronomical body such as a planet, or satellite gets between a source of light (e.g. the Sun) and another body. For instance, Jupiter eclipses its moons when it gets between them and the Sun. -- Lunar eclipses - are where the Earth obscures the Sun, from the Moon's point of view. The Moon moves through the shadow cast by the Earth. This can only happen at full moon. -- Solar eclipses - are where the Moon obscures the Sun, from the Earth's point of...

2004-10-19 04:45:41

Solar Eclipse -- A solar eclipse occurs when Sun, Moon and Earth are on a single line, the Moon being in the middle. Seen from the Earth, the Moon is in front of the Sun and thus part or all of the light of the Sun is hidden by the Moon. Thus it may seem that a piece has been taken out of the Sun, or that it has suddenly disappeared. There are three types of solar eclipses: -- A partial solar eclipse: Only part of the Sun and the Moon overlap -- A total solar eclipse: All of the Sun...

2004-10-19 04:45:41

Lunar eclipse -- From Earth, a lunar eclipse occurs when Sun, Earth and Moon are in a single line with Earth in the middle. If this occurs, the Moon (or part of it) does not receive light from the Sun because it is in the shadow of the Earth, and thus the Moon becomes invisible even though there would normally have been a full moon. Most of the light that is refracted through the Earth's atmosphere is red, and thus an eclipsed Moon will glow in reddish hues. A penumbral eclipse...

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'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'