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solar eclipse
2014-10-20 04:37:14

The moon will pass in front of the sun on Thursday, producing a partial solar eclipse that, weather-permitting, will be visible in most parts of the United States sometime around sunset, NASA officials have announced.

The Surprising Appeal of a Cloudy Eclipse
2012-11-25 06:12:45

Astrophysicist and legendary eclipse chaser Fred Espenak has a rating scheme for natural wonders. "On a scale of 1 to 10," he says, "total eclipses are a million."

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2010-12-17 07:55:00

Everyone knows that "the moon on the breast of new-fallen snow gives the luster of mid-day to objects below" -- that is, except during a lunar eclipse.


Word of the Day
dittany
  • An aromatic woolly plant (Origanum dictamnus) native to Crete, formerly believed to have magical powers.
The word 'dittany' may come from the name of Mount Diktē in Crete, where it was supposed to grow.
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