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Astronomy News 2016-10-12T10:34:36+00:00

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  • The Eclipse as Seen by Citizen Scientists
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    Some academic and citizen-science groups came up with neat initiatives for eclipse day. Let’s find out how they did. Montana State University Eclipse Ballooning Project team prepare a zero-gravity high altitude balloon for launch Monday, August 21, 2017 at the Camas National Wildlife Refuge in Hamer, ID. (Kelly Gorham/Montana State University... Read more »
  • Best 2017 Eclipse Pictures from Our Readers
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    We've curated a selection of some of the best eclipse images our readers submitted to our online gallery. Slideshow updated 08/23/2017 It’s been 99 years since a total solar eclipse last crossed the United States from coast to coast. Almost a century ago, there wasn’t that much observing gear available to immortalize the... Read more »
  • Experiencing Totality: S&T‘s Eclipse Stories
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    With Sky & Telescope's editors and writers scattered across the eclipse path, we have dozens of stories to share. Here are a few. Third contact, as seen in Rexburg, Idaho. Gert Cazemier To experience a total solar eclipse is to experience the sublime. It is to encounter something so awe-inspiring, so earth-shattering,... Read more »
  • Wasn’t Totality Great?! So, When’s the Next Eclipse?
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    The Great American Eclipse may be over, but that just has us asking about the next eclipse. There are some exciting destinations getting ready for their own dances with darkness. If your first thought after totality ended on August 21st was, “I need to see that again,” read on. We’ve gathered... Read more »
  • Eclipse Weather: Decision Time
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    With the eclipse just a few days away on Monday, now is the time to start taking stock of the weather forecast — and making decisions. From our gallery: a cloudy eclipse. Here's hoping for clear skies on Monday! Edward Foster Saturday. Sunday. Eclipse day. It’s time to make some early decisions about... Read more »
  • Where to Watch the Solar Eclipse Online
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    Multiple organizations are live-streaming the total solar eclipse in incredible and unique ways — take a look! Rick Fienberg / S&T Online Photo Gallery A solar eclipse ought to be seen in person — whether it’s awe-inspiring totality or a captivating partially covered Sun. So, if at all possible, go outside and... Read more »
  • The White Dwarf That Survived
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    A peculiar white dwarf could be what’s left after a failed supernova explosion. A white dwarf siphons gas from a companion star until it triggers thermonuclear reactions that lead to a bright explosion. NASA/JPL-Caltech A recently found white dwarf — the burnt leftover of a star like our Sun — could be... Read more »
  • Solar Eclipse Activities for Kids and Families
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    Enrich the eclipse experience — especially the long, partial phases — with solar eclipse activities for kids and families. Of the people who will be viewing an eclipse — total or partial — on August 21st, many will be young. Young enough that you'll want to double- and triple-check their solar... Read more »
  • How Will the Sun’s Corona Look at Totality?
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    The total solar eclipse is less than three weeks away, but researchers already have a good indication of how the Sun’s corona will look when it comes into view. Updated 8/16/17 to include Predictive Science, Inc.'s predictions of the corona's appearance. The solar disk has been occulted leaving only the corona’s magnetic... Read more »
  • Will Monday’s Total Eclipse Change Your Life?
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    Total solar eclipses have the power to touch us deeply and reverberate through our life in unexpected ways. Whether this is your first or your 30th total solar eclipse, we all share one desire — to let the awe of this extraordinarily rare experience wash over us. You never know how 161... Read more »