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  • 8 Times Flat-Earthers Tried to Challenge Science (and Failed) in 2017

    01/03/2018 11:19:08 AM PST · by Simon Green · 20 replies ^ | 12/21/17 | Stephanie Pappas
    In the stew of false information and conspiracy theories that swirls online, perhaps no idea is as flummoxing as the belief in a flat Earth. Flat-Earthers believe that the Earth is a flat disc ringed by an ice wall. All those elegant models of a round Earth that perfectly explain seasons, eclipses, sunrises and sunsets? Lies and cover-ups, they say. Pictures of the round Earth from space? Government conspiracies. The fact that you can see ships disappearing hull-first over the curve of the horizon with your own eyes? Well, flat-Earthers claim to see something different. It's been a big publicity...
  • The solar eclipse burned a crescent wound on a woman's retina. She wasn't wearing proper glasses.

    12/08/2017 4:17:52 PM PST · by SMGFan · 50 replies
    Like so many others, 26-year-old Nia Payne wanted to view of August’s historic solar eclipse but didn’t have a pair of protective glasses. She walked outside on Staten Island and glanced at the sun — 70 percent was covered — for about six seconds before deciding she needed eye protection. She borrowed a pair of what looked like eclipse glasses from someone nearby, then looked directly at the sun for 15 to 20 seconds. They weren’t the right glasses. For two days after, Payne saw a black spot, shaped like a crescent similar to the eclipse itself, in the center...
  • Oldest recorded solar eclipse helps date the Egyptian pharaohs

    10/31/2017 12:52:19 PM PDT · by Twotone · 29 replies
    Science Daily ^ | October 29, 2017 | University of Cambridge
    Researchers have pinpointed the date of what could be the oldest solar eclipse yet recorded. The event, which occurred on 30 October 1207 BC, is mentioned in the Bible, and could have consequences for the chronology of the ancient world. Using a combination of the biblical text and an ancient Egyptian text, the researchers were then able to refine the dates of the Egyptian pharaohs, in particular the dates of the reign of Ramesses the Great. The results are published in the Royal Astronomical Society journal Astronomy & Geophysics. The biblical text in question comes from the Old Testament book...
  • Solar eclipse of 1207 BC helps to date pharaohs

    10/30/2017 9:54:36 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    According to the book of Joshua in the Old Testament, after an all-night march from Gilgal, the Israelites attacked the Amorites at Gibeon, they then pursued them to Azekah and then to Makkedah. We have evidence from historical geography of where these places were: Gibeon was about 10 km northwest of Jerusalem, Azekah about 30 km southwest of Gibeon and Makkedah about 20 km south of Azekah. Because the eclipse occurred in the afternoon, it was probably seen from near Azekah, from where the partial eclipse would have started at 15:27 (local apparent time as given by a sundial), with...
  • A camera store shows off gear wrecked by the solar eclipse

    09/04/2017 9:35:43 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 13 replies
    The Verge ^ | Sep 3, 2017, | by Andrew Liptak
    In the days and weeks leading up to the total solar eclipse over the United States last month, there were plenty of warnings for spectators: make sure you protect your eyes and camera equipment. LensRentals, a Tennessee-based camera rental shop, rented out a number of lenses before the event and warned customers to make sure that they use solar filters. Not everyone did. The store posted up a series of images on its blog, showing some of the cameras that were damaged during the eclipse. Blog editor Zach Sutton wrote that they weren’t out to criticize their customers, but wanted...
  • My Moment of Eclipse Totality

    08/28/2017 11:47:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 59 replies
    Rush ^ | August 28, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Yes, I saw the eclipse. I was in an area of totality in North Dakota. I’m sorry, it was Idaho. I stopped in Idaho to pick up some people on the way to Hawaii, and I saw it, and I was conflicted because it was Apple beta release day too. (interruption) No, I’m not kidding. I had to say, “Okay, what’s more important to me: Downloading the latest beta when it’s released or seeing the eclipse?” The eclipse is supposed to… The total eclipse was gonna happen within 20 minutes after the beta was released, if it was on...
  • Rapper defiantly stares at eclipse, cancels Toronto show

    08/25/2017 8:16:39 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 106 replies
    CTV News ^ | August 24, 2017
    For a rapper whose debut single was called "Unorthodox," Joey Bada$$ isn't one to accept conventional wisdom. Defying widespread warnings, he proudly stared at the solar eclipse without protection. It didn't turn out to be a great idea. The rapper cancelled three shows starting Wednesday as he complained about his vision. The 22-year-old Brooklyn rapper on Monday shared on social media that he was gazing into the sky without special glasses as the United States witnessed its first coast-to-coast total eclipse in nearly a century. "This ain't the first solar eclipse and I'm pretty sure our ancestors ain't have no...
  • Why the 2024 total solar eclipse may 'outshine' 2017

    08/22/2017 12:00:35 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 44 replies
    Mother Nature Network ^ | August 21, 2017 | MICHAEL D'ESTRIES
    The first total solar eclipse in nearly a century not only has injected a much-needed sense of awe towards astronomy into our culture, but also has introduced a golden age of eclipse watching. In the 21st century, 10 total solar eclipses will send the moon's shadow over U.S. soil, with six of these events passing over vast swaths of the country. The next one occurs on April 8, 2024, a brief intermission of only seven years, and will cut a path from Mexico to Texas to Maine and the maritime provinces of Canada. Nicknamed "The Great North American Eclipse," 13...
  • Was There an Eclipse on Good Friday?

    08/22/2017 8:09:39 AM PDT · by Salvation · 83 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-21-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Was There an Eclipse on Good Friday? Msgr. Charles Pope • August 21, 2017 • With the solar eclipse that occurred Monday, it occurred to me to consider the darkening of the sun that occurred when Jesus was on the Cross. Though some wish to explain it scientifically (as an eclipse), there may have been more at work than mere astronomy.In Luke 23:44, we read, It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour (i.e., from noon until 3:00 PM).Although this seems to describe a solar eclipse, it isn’t...
  • NASA 2017 Eclipse Livestream

    08/21/2017 1:02:35 AM PDT · by Morgana · 92 replies
    NASA ^ | August 21, 2017 | NASA
    Solar Eclipse 2017 On August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Viewers around the world will be provided a wealth of images captured before, during, and after the eclipse by 11 spacecraft, at least three NASA aircraft, more than 50 high-altitude balloons, and the astronauts aboard the International Space Station – each offering a unique vantage point for the celestial event.
  • NASA Snaps Space Station Crossing the Solar Eclipse

    08/21/2017 12:49:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    CNET ^ | August 21, 2017 | Amanda Kooser
    Look closely at this photo of the great North American solar eclipse. You'll notice the sun and the moon's rounded bite taken out of the side. Most of the dark specks are sunspots. But there's something else notable. A larger speck near the curve of the moon's shadow is the International Space Station. The International Space Station Twitter account shared the photo on Monday with the message "It's the moon, sunspots AND the station in front of the sun. @NASA photographer captures station transiting sun during #Eclipse2017." The ISS looks different from the sunspots. You can even make out the...
  • A Partial Solar Eclipse Thru Clouds to a Trumpet Voluntary

    08/21/2017 11:25:10 AM PDT · by mairdie · 15 replies
    A cameraman once told me that clouds were God's scrim. They certainly were when I was videoing a partial solar eclipse in my backyard. This is from many years ago. The music is Helmut Wobisch.
  • Politicized Eclipse: Atlantic Magazine Notes Racial Makeup Along Its Path

    08/21/2017 8:25:36 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 41 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 21, 2017 | P.J. Gladnick
    Today is the day of the Great American Eclipse. Those along its path of totality will (if the clouds permit) see an amazing sight that will never be forgotten by those watching. Your humble correspondent knows this because he was once lucky enough to view a total solar eclipse.  The great thing about watching a total solar eclipse is that it absorbs all of your attention. One big reason is that it is indeed a miracle of nature. The moon is 400 times smaller than the sun but because it is also 400 times nearer to earth, both appear to be...
  • NY Times: Should You Trust Climate Science? Maybe the Eclipse Is a Clue (groan alert)

    08/21/2017 8:21:33 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 38 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 18, 2017 | Justin Gillis
    For years now, atmospheric scientists have been handing us a set of predictions about the likely consequences of our emissions of industrial gases. These forecasts are critically important, because this group of experts sees grave risks to our civilization. And yet, when it comes to reacting to the warnings of climate science, we have done little. If the science were brand new, that might make sense, but climate scientists have been making predictions since the end of the 19th century. This is the acid test of any scientific theory: Does it make predictions that ultimately come true? In the early...
  • Americans stake out prime viewing spots to watch the eclipse (LIVE THREAD)

    08/21/2017 9:12:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 320 replies
    AP News ^ | August 21, 2017 | Marcia Dunn
    Americans with telescopes, cameras and protective glasses staked out viewing spots along a narrow corridor from Oregon to South Carolina to watch the moon blot out the midday sun for a magical couple of minutes Monday in what promised to be the most observed and photographed eclipse in history. Sky-watchers everywhere — and millions were expected to peer into the sun — set out lawn chairs and blankets and awaited the first total solar eclipse to sweep coast-to-coast across the U.S. in practically a century. Astronomers were giddy with excitement. Jim Todd, a director at the Oregon Museum of Science...
  • Watch The Live Broadcast Of The Full Solar Eclipse Here. Full Solar Eclipse Of August 21, 2017

    08/21/2017 5:31:29 AM PDT · by davikkm · 8 replies
    IWB ^ | Ruby Henley
    Total solar eclipse is one of the most fascinating astronomical phenomena. Thousands and sometimes millions of people, as it was in case of the last total eclipse visible in central Europe, travel to the narrow band of totality to enjoy fleeting beauty lasting few minutes only. Even people without any knowledge in physics and astronomy realize during the total eclipse that our Sun is definitely not a boring light source of a round shape shining down from the heaven but an extremely interesting living star which occupies surprisingly large part of the sky. Astonishing series of scientific discoveries were made...
  • This map shows if clouds will block the solar eclipse in your state

    08/21/2017 12:32:03 AM PDT · by cba123 · 57 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Leanna Garfield
    The United States will see a total solar eclipse on August 21 for the first time in decades. Some people are traveling hundreds of miles to cities in the line of totality, like Nashville, Tennessee and Salem, Oregon. But there is one thing that could put a damper on the event: clouds. Esri, an international supplier of geographic information system (GIS) software, has created a cloud-cover prediction map for the time of the eclipse in every state. Michael Zeiler, a geographer at Esri, is producing new maps every day leading up to the eclipse. (the linked article, shows projected skies...
  • American Blackout

    08/19/2017 9:10:34 PM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 26 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 8-18-2017 | Alice Ristroph
    On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will arrive mid-morning on the coast of Oregon. The moon’s shadow will be about 70 miles wide, and it will race across the country faster than the speed of sound, exiting the eastern seaboard shortly before 3 p.m. local time. It has been dubbed the Great American Eclipse, and along most of its path, there live almost no black people. Presumably, this is not explained by the implicit bias of the solar system. It is a matter of population density, and more specifically geographic variations in population density by race, for which...
  • Truck strikes overpass; traffic rerouted in Asheboro

    08/19/2017 5:14:01 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    ASHEBORO — A Friday afternoon accident at the Sunset Avenue overpass in Asheboro caused traffic to be rerouted in and around the area. The incident was reported at 1 p.m. when a dump truck driven by Jeffrey J. Friedmann of Winston-Salem was traveling northbound on Interstate 73/74. He had just left the McDonald’s construction site on Dixie Drive. Friedmann told officers he noticed that the dump bed of the truck was beginning to move, according to a report from the Asheboro Police Department. The dump bed of the 1995 Peterbilt truck struck the support beams of the overpass bridge, causing...
  • Can you really go blind staring at an eclipse? Tips for safe viewing

    08/19/2017 12:18:12 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 86 replies ^ | August 11, 2017 | Ashley Strickland
    On August 21, the moon's shadow will block the sun from view in a total solar eclipse. Wherever you are in the United States, you're going to want to look up, and that's OK. Every astronomer in the country will tell you to enjoy this rare opportunity. No matter what superstitions you've heard, there is no risk to your health due to simply being outside during a total solar eclipse. But there's one thing you shouldn't do, and that's look at the sun with your naked eye. Don't do it. Really.The only time you can look at the sun with...