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Graham Jones

2024’s biggest eclipse MISS happens January 11

January's new moon will be the biggest eclipse miss of 2024, an ultra-thin crescent not nearly aligned closely enough with the sun for a solar eclipse.

2023’s most-illuminated quarter moon is tonight

Some quarter moons are fuller than others! The most-illuminated quarter moon of 2023 is on December 5. Learn more unique moon dates for 2024.

May-June 2021: A special pair of eclipses

The upcoming eclipse season - featuring a total eclipse of the moon in late May 2021 and an annular or ring eclipse of the sun in early June - is unusual for featuring a short lunar eclipse and relatively long solar eclipse. Here's how to understand it in the context of 1,000 years of eclipses.

A new method for predicting large solar flares

Solar storms pose risks for society, but more accurate space weather forecasts appear to be coming soon. A team of researchers in Japan has developed a physics-based method for predicting large solar flares, including powerful and potentially dangerous X-flares.

Bringing community astronomy to rural Africa

Ideas discussed at last month’s International Astronomical Union symposium in Tokyo include projects using smartphones and low-cost battery-powered equipment.

Listening to the patterns of the universe

Astronomer Wanda Díaz Merced - who began losing her sight in her 20s - presented one of TED’s most-watched astronomy videos. Here's how turning a telescope's digital data into sound can help reveal hidden patterns.

Astronomy beyond sight

Breathtaking space images inspire us. But what if you couldn't see them? Amelia Ortiz Gil explains how tactile models of the constellations, moon and planets can give people - blind or sighted - a better appreciation of the universe.

Mystery of the moon’s tilted orbit

Had things gone differently in the early days of the inner solar system, the magnificent spectacle of a total solar eclipse might be a monthly event.

Eclipse stories from Indonesia

The solar eclipse of March 9, 2016 brought together students from around the world - and EarthSky helped to make it happen.

Solar eclipse to unite science students

The global nature of science - and challenge of global communications - will bring together university students in Indonesia, Japan and elsewhere across the world during a 2016 solar eclipse.