A total solar eclipse by itself isn’t so unusual—the moon shades the Sun every 18 months, from the view of somewhere on Earth. But this year’s “Great American Eclipse” was special simply for how much inhabited land it covered, crossing the length of America from Oregon to South Carolina. And that led to some amazing…
Every December, Google releases “The Year in Search,” which sheds light on what the world was most interested in during the last spin around the sun. This year, the company added the most popular “how-to” searches to its global list—and in 2017 they are strange and kind of bleak.
NASHVILLE—Eclipse fever struck Nashville like an unexpected sunset, clogging parking lots and bars with eager visitors. It inspired country musicians to invent new words, and sent vendors to the streets to hawk merchandise as if it were the Solar Super Bowl.
Scientists, the medical community and tech bloggers have been exhorting the public to only look at solar eclipses like the one on Monday with shielded glasses or other protective equipment, because skipping that step is probably one of the easiest ways to fry out your eyeballs known to science.
Astronomers, doctors and other experts alike are in total agreement on one point—don’t stare at a solar eclipse without eye protection unless you want to damage your vision or go blind, you goddamn idiot.
Oh my god, he really did it. President Trump really did the one thing you’re not supposed to do during a solar eclipse.
Like many, aspiring supervillain Elon Musk is gazing at the solar eclipse today. But regular sunglasses and a Tesla sunroof are not adequate eye protection for staring at the Sun. Is Elon Musk using special eclipse sunglasses? Is he blind now?
Not really, but this new video pretends that’s true.
Solar eclipses are certainly one of the most striking astrophysical phenomena. The most important light of the day, the Sun, gets blacked out by the most important light of the night. But there’s actually nothing weird or surprising about that—sure, eclipses are rare, but with the Moon close and the Sun far away,…
In just over a week on August 21st, the US will experience its first total solar eclipse in nearly 40 years. Seeing as staring at the sun, even while it is obscured by the moon, for any length of time can be extremely hazardous up to and including the point of severe eye damage or blindness, it’s not a suggestion to…
For about three hours on August 21st, power grid operators across the United States will be confronted with a sudden drop in available electricity, owing to the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in nearly a century. Power disruptions are not expected, but only because measures are being taken to make up for the…
If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a piece of Twilight, do we have some news for you: On November 19 and 20, the Prop Shop is holding a two-day live auction of over 900 props from all five Twilight movies in Los Angeles, including costumes, jewelry, even Jacob’s motorcycle. But who cares about that? Here are the weird,…
We will never, ever tell you to stare at the sun. Fortunately, we have a far better way for you to get a glimpse of the upcoming ring-of-fire solar eclipse.
We normally observe solar eclipses from our perspective here on the surface—or even from an airplane—but this image from NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory shows this week’s total solar eclipse from a rather unique vantage point.
There’s a solar eclipse today—should you watch it? Yes, but safely! Here’s how, when, and where to watch the solar eclipse. Plus, we’ve got a link to a livefeed that you can watch if you’re not in the eclipse zone.
Blood Moon over Vancouver | Here’s our favorite picture of last night’s Supermoon Eclipse, showing all the lights of Vancouver, with the red moon hanging over them. Photo by The Kaigan.
Last night the world was lucky enough to see a supermoon lunar eclipse. Hopefully you got to see it in person—but if not, here are some of the best pictures so far of the stellar spectacle.
Got plans for the weekend? You do now, friend! There’s a Supermoon Eclipse on Sunday night into Monday morning—and we’re all going to watch it. Here’s how, when, and also why to catch the Supermoon Lunar Eclipse.
If you’re wondering about the mechanics behind why the Moon looks bigger than usual tonight, or what that has to do with a lunar eclipse, this quick NASA animation will explain the basics of tonight’s astronomical event.