At yesterday’s solar eclipse, the moon’s shadow brushed Earth. But what about Earth’s shadow? You can see it any clear evening. Just like you or me, Earth casts a shadow. Earth’s shadow extends millions of miles into space, in the direction opposite the sun.
Something to think about while raking …
Imagine standing on a beach, a mountaintop or any open area, watching a beautiful sunset. As the sun sets, it appears redder and redder as it gets closer to the horizon. Sometimes you can see a gradation of color a across the surface of the sun. Why does this happen?
The first Blood Moon eclipse in a series of four happened on the night of April 14-15, 2014. The next one will be on the night of October 7-8, 2014.
A solar eclipse happens at the new moon – when the moon passes between the sun and Earth. A lunar eclipse happens when the Earth, sun and moon align in space, with Earth in the middle. Why aren’t there eclipses at every full and new moon?
In the fall, the leaves of some trees turn yellow, orange or red. The bright colors are wonderful to behold. But do they have some hidden purpose?
Meet tourmaline. It’s one of two birthstones for October. The other October birthstone is opal. More info inside this post. And happy birthday October babies!
Your Friday FAQ …
Solar flares and CMEs – coronal mass ejections – are both gigantic explosions of energy on the sun, but they’re not the same thing.
For North American time zones, the 2014 autumnal equinox will come on Monday, September 22 at 10:29 p.m. EDT, 9:29 p.m. CDT, 8:29 p.m. MDT or 7:29 p.m. PDT. This equinox falls on Tuesday, September 23 at 2:29 UTC.
Twice a year – on the March and September equinoxes – everyone worldwide supposedly receives 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night. Yet, in actuality, there is more daylight than nighttime on the day of the equinox. Why?