For just a few minutes during last year’s total solar eclipse, a small creature ceased to buzz: bees.
A new image of a solar eclipse will have you seeing double.
If you’ve ever stood in the totality of a solar eclipse, you’ve seen something astonishing: the full width of the moon’s dark shadow blocking out the sun, perfectly encircled by the dim, wispy rays of the sun’s corona. And if you’ve also stood outside during a lunar eclipse, you might know that the effect is somewhat less dramatic. As Earth’s shadow falls on the moon, it quickly swallows the smaller orbiting rock. The effect of the moon glowing bloody red with Earth’s refracted twilight is beautiful, but the effect doesn’t fully convey the scale of the astronomical phenomenon at work in the same in-your-face way as happens during a solar eclipse. The moon, much smaller than Earth’s shadow, never shows the whole thing on its surface.
Signs. Portents. Omens. There’s something primal about the Moon. Even in this enlightened age, its glow can evoke a mystical experience. Little wonder so much mythology surrounds it.
Have you ever noticed that when there’s a solar or lunar eclipse, an eclipse of the other variety comes two weeks before or after?
A lunar eclipse is nothing unusual. Usually. But the one due on July 28 is somewhat different. It will fall under the Earth’s shadow for four hours.
Let’s face it.
The most-viewed eclipse in history had an unexpected witness: A Google Street View car drove right to the edge of totality, offering a surprising celestial treat for visitors scoping out the event in Maryland Heights, Missouri.
NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft captured gorgeous views of a total solar eclipse on Sunday (Feb.
In what one conservationist is calling an “environmental nightmare,” an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 Atlantic salmon busted out of their holding pen over the weekend after a net broke, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is now pleading with locals to help catch as many as they can.