News tagged with eclipses

A cool discovery about the Sun's next-door twin

(Phys.org)—ESA's Herschel space observatory has detected a cool layer in the atmosphere of Alpha Centauri A, the first time this has been seen in a star beyond our own Sun. The finding is not only important for understanding ...

dateFeb 20, 2013 in Astronomy
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Astronomical measurements must account for gravity

One of the consequences of general relativity is that light can be deflected by nearby masses. Mass curves space, and this curvature causes light to bend slightly. It was first observed during a total eclipse in 1919. The ...

dateSep 25, 2014 in Astronomy
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A solar eclipse sheds light on physics

On 29 May 1919, a shadow dance took place over the Caribbean which was to make history: While the new moon covered the blazingly bright disk of the Sun, astronomers around Arthur Stanley Eddington measured the shift of stars ...

dateMay 26, 2015 in Astronomy
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Partial eclipse of the Strawberry Moon

On June 4th, 2012, there's going to be a full Moon.  According to Native American folklore it’s the Strawberry Moon, so-called because the short season for harvesting strawberries comes during the month of June.

dateMay 29, 2012 in Space Exploration
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