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The Illuminating Power of Eclipses

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:29:03 GMT

A total solar eclipse seen on the Nile River in Egypt in 1900. Observations during solar eclipses have generated a wealth of knowledge across many fields throughout history.With the sun obscured, eclipses can be revelatory: Starting at least over 2,000 years ago, they have been fodder for significant discoveries.

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Out There: During an Eclipse, Darkness Falls and Wonder Rises

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:25:21 GMT

The reporter Dennis Overbye with his daughter, Mira, observing a solar eclipse in 2006.A total solar eclipse brings tears, screams, even reverence to those in its path.

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Scientists to Take Flight for Longer Views of the Eclipse

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 23:19:28 GMT

Louis Lussier, the research aircraft project manager at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, with the Gulfstream V that will be used to study the sun during the solar eclipse on Aug. 21.Specialized jets will be used to grab data about the sun that cannot be collected from the ground during the Great American Eclipse.

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Chasing Shadows for a Glimpse of a Tiny World Beyond Pluto

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 19:39:21 GMT

An artist’s rendering of one possible version of the Kuiper belt object 2014 MU69, the next flyby target for NASA’s New Horizons mission.From just five blinks of starlight, scientists now know more about the next destination of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft.

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Feature: The Loyal Engineers Steering NASA’s Voyager Probes Across the Universe

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 16:41:54 GMT

Larry Zottarelli, who recently retired from the Voyager flight crew.As the Voyager mission is winding down, so, too, are the careers of the aging explorers who expanded our sense of home in the galaxy.

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Experience a Zero-Gravity Flight

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 09:00:03 GMT

Experience zero gravity in 360. If you ever wished to become an astronaut, this is your first step.

Moon Express Sets Its Sights on Deliveries to the Moon and Beyond

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 17:47:17 GMT

Moon Express, a private company based in Cape Canaveral, Fla., is working to put its MX-1E lander on the moon this year.The company, Moon Express, is aiming to win the $20 million Google Lunar X Prize competition and become a payload delivery company.

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SpaceX Is Now One of the World’s Most Valuable Privately Held Companies

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 22:18:28 GMT

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 5.Elon Musk’s rocket company raised $350 million in new financing, raising its valuation to about $21 billion.

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Out There: Cassini’s Grand Finale: A Dive Between Saturn and Its Rings

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:10:42 GMT

An image from the Cassini spacecraft shows Earth as a point of light between the icy rings of Saturn.The spacecraft is set to venture into the gap between Saturn and its innermost ring 22 times until Sept. 15, then crash into the planet.

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The Demons of Darkness Will Eat Men, and Other Solar Eclipse Myths

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:24:29 GMT

An annular eclipse as seen from Arizona in 2012. Many ancient civilizations saw eclipses as bad omens.Here’s a glimpse at the way that civilizations around the world have understood solar eclipses, and used them to reinforce cultural norms and values.

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Art Review: How Do You Paint an Eclipse? Work Fast in the Dark

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:45:06 GMT

A 1925 painting by Howard Russell Butler in “Transient Effects: The Solar Eclipses and Celestial Landscapes of Howard Russell Butler,” at the Princeton University Art Museum.In 1918, astronomers invited the artist Howard Russell Butler to record the last total solar eclipse to cross the continental United States.

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Meals for Your Eclipse Menu

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 19:37:05 GMT

Crescent cookies are an easy way to celebrate the total solar eclipse.In parts of the United States, the eclipse will occur around lunchtime. Consider planning a picnic. (At least, have a crescent-shaped cookie.)

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Earth in Suspension

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 22:35:32 GMT

A total solar eclipse is not just the momentary theft of day. It is a profound interruption of the world as we know it.

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Your Playlist for the Solar Eclipse

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:08:15 GMT

If you won’t be able to view the solar eclipse next week, perhaps the music of artists like Sun Ra will help you achieve a feeling approximating totality.Eclipses provoke strong feelings that make us reckon with the awesomeness of space. Here are some songs that might give you the feeling of totality.

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How to Watch the Eclipse Online if You’re Stuck Indoors (or It’s Cloudy)

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:09:30 GMT

An annular solar eclipse as the sun set behind the Rocky Mountains, seen from downtown Denver in May 2012.Whether you live somewhere you won’t see it or the weather is terrible, here’s how to see the eclipse online — and when to tune in.

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Eclipsing the Sun

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:26:12 GMT

On Aug. 21, the moon will paint a swath of North America in darkness.