Eclipses Of 2017: A Sneak Preview

With the 2017 in sight, let’s look at some of the most anticipated events of the year — I’m talking eclipses! Four of them are on tap in the coming year, two widely visible across North America and two to delight skywatchers in the southern hemisphere. * February 10 — Penumbral lunar eclipse — Visible…
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Sinister Images Of Awe And Terror

Some photos inspire both awe and terror. The two emotions ride back to back when it comes to our experience of nature. For your Halloween pleasure, I wanted to share these several images, one of an aurora over Iceland, and the other a fleeting eclipse of the “black moon” across the face of the sun and…
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Watch Tuesday’s Total Solar Eclipse LIVE On Your Laptop

Used to be you had to BE THERE to see a total solar eclipse, a rare event for any particular location. Not anymore. Now you just fire up the laptop or tap a phone and watch it live from your couch. Of course it’s not the same as making the journey, but the chances of…
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Demon Star Has Its Eye On You Tonight

Better look over your shoulder. Algol, the Demon Star, will be giving you a clever wink tonight. What’s it up to, you wonder? This evening (Nov. 24th) across North American time zones, the star will perform one its famous fades and recoveries. Algol’s an eclipsing binary star 93 light years from Earth in the constellation of…
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Cloudy Or Clear? Forecasting Tonight’s Total Lunar Eclipse

Are you in the same boat I am? Tonight’s forecast calls for mostly cloudy during most of the total lunar eclipse and then clearing after midnight. Now that’s just cruel. But who knows? Maybe with the right tools, we just might find a clear spot. While planning to see a big astronomical event like an eclipse,…
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