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Millions Will See Total Solar Eclipse Sweep Across The U.S.

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 04:57:00 -0400

A total solar eclipse will make its way from Oregon to South Carolina. Millions are in the path of the eclipse, and millions more are head to locations where the total eclipse will be visible.



Morning News Brief: Trump's Afghan Strategy, Total Solar Eclipse

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 04:57:00 -0400

In a televised address Monday night, President Trump will lay out his strategy for Afghanistan. And for the first time in nearly a century, the moon will completely block the sun in parts of the U.S.



In Illinois, This College Town Won't Be Eclipsed By August's Celestial Event

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 20:48:00 -0400

A town of 26,000 will more than double in size as the Great American Eclipse takes place in August. From the local state university to longtime bakery, people are getting ready for it to get dark.



Words You'll Hear: Eclipse Cheap Seats

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 17:59:12 -0400

A total eclipse sweeps the U.S. on Monday. But most will see a partial eclipse. The question is: Is an 80 or even a 90 percent eclipse worth it? Or should people make the extra effort to see totality?



'Blinded By The Light': Your Contributions To Our Solar Eclipse Soundtrack

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 17:59:00 -0400

While watching the total eclipse, folks might want to follow along with some toe-tapping music about the sun, stars and moon. We've got the playlist for the wondrous sky event.



Kids Learn What It Takes To Be An Astronaut

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 08:11:40 -0400

As summer winds to a close, we've been highlighting interesting camps for kids. For decades, a favorite has been Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala.



Total Eclipse Of The Stomach: A Stellar Menu Of Gastronomic Delights

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 07:00:22 -0400

What can you do when the Earth plunges into total darkness on Aug. 21? Eat, of course! And there are many space-themed treats to keep the skywatching party going.



Be Smart: A Partial Eclipse Can Fry Your Naked Eyes

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:11:00 -0400

And telescopes and binoculars only amplify the risk to your eyes from looking at the sun, doctors say. So even if you're not in the "path of totality," take precautions if you plan to watch.



The Role Of Solar Eclipses In Religion

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

Throughout human history, solar eclipses have been seen as having great religious significance, often as omens or signs of divine warning or punishment. Major and minor religions alike have their own understandings.



Where Will You Be Watching The Eclipse?

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:44:00 -0400

If you're one of the lucky ones, you'll get to watch the eclipse from the deck of a cruise ship specially chartered for sky watchers. Bonnie Tyler will sing her hit: "Total Eclipse of the Heart."



Make Your Own Eclipse Viewer

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:23:00 -0400

No eclipse glasses? No problem. Make your own solar viewer; (almost) no tools required.



The Best Item In An Astronaut's Care Package? Definitely The Ice Cream

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:36:00 -0400

Unlike other cargo vehicles, the SpaceX spacecraft can return to Earth without burning up. So it's equipped with freezers for transporting medical samples — and the occasional frozen treat.



NASA Astronauts Set To Get Sweet Treat With Next Delivery To International Space Station

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 16:31:00 -0400

This week, a rocket bound for the International Space Station lifted off with 6,400 pounds of supplies. Along with the provisions, medical supplies and experiments, NASA astronauts will be getting a special care package with ice cream.



Here's What You Need To Know About The Total Solar Eclipse

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:50:00 -0400

As America prepares for the eclipse on Aug. 21, here are some basic facts about the phenomenon.



How Eclipses Changed History

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:31:00 -0400

Newton and Einstein had big ideas, but needed an eclipse to prove them. And scientists are still pursuing secrets of the universe one eclipse at a time.