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How Eclipses Have Changed History [Video]

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How Eclipses Have Changed History [Video]

The 'Great American Eclipse' is upon us (well, more 'U.S.' than 'us'...I'm on the other side of the globe), so what better time to take a look back at how eclipses have changed history and our understanding of the universe...starting in ancient times, right through to the science experiments being done during tomorrow's eclipse. For instance, did you know that an eclipse 'destroyed' the planet Vulcan? Find out more in the video above. Read More: The Daily Grail

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South Carolina Warns to Beware of Lizard Men During Eclipse

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South Carolina Warns to Beware of Lizard Men During Eclipse

Is the state of South Carolina getting a little edgy? Just days after issuing a warning to residents about possible Bigfoot sightings coming from the direction of North Carolina, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) sent out a bulletin asking residents to be on the lookout for Lizard Man during the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21st. It also warns of other potential paranormal phenomenon during the eclipse and tells residents, “If you see something, say something.” How about: “Wait. What?” SCEMD does not know if Lizardmen become more active during a solar eclipse. But we advise that residents...

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That time a city scared itself silly over a total solar eclipse

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That time a city scared itself silly over a total solar eclipse

In October 1976, a total solar eclipse engulfed southern Australia and the city of Melbourne in darkness. Roving eclipse seekers and local astronomy fans welcomed the shadow. Robin Hirst, an astronomy lecturer at the University of Melbourne’s State College, watched the eclipse from a rooftop accompanied by 60 students. The Astronomical Society of Victoria hired a Boeing 727 to observe the event from the air. Glenn Schneider, then 20 and now an exoplanet astronomer at the University of Arizona, traveled to the peak of Mount Delegate in New South Wales to watch the totality. For those who knew what to...

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Minor lunar eclipse to darken part of Moon Wednesday: What to expect

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Minor lunar eclipse to darken part of Moon Wednesday: What to expect

Earth's shadow will darken part of the moon Wednesday morning in a lunar eclipse that will be visible from much of the globe, including central and western North America. But don't get too excited, skywatchers. Wednesday's lunar eclipse is of the penumbral variety, and the effect will therefore be subtle and subdued compared to the jaw-dropping "blood moons" caused by total lunar eclipses. Earth's shadow is composed of two parts: the dark, inner umbra and a faint, outer portion called the penumbra. As the term suggests, penumbral eclipses involve the moon dipping into the penumbra (but steering clear of the...

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Don't Miss These 12 Must-See Skywatching Events of 2016

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Don't Miss These 12 Must-See Skywatching Events of 2016

Another year of skywatching is upon us, and there's a lot to look forward to in 2016. Here are some of the more noteworthy sky events — including multiple meteor showers and a total eclipse of the sun— that will take place this year. Space.com's Night Sky column will provide more extensive coverage of most of these events as they draw closer. Jan. 19: Occultation of Aldebaran. A waxing gibbous moon will cross in front of one of the brightest and most colorful stars in the sky, orange Aldebaran. This stellar eclipse will be visible over Canada and most of...

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