Watch Tomorrow’s Solar Eclipse from Anywhere

If you can’t make it to Southern Africa to watch the solar eclipse tomorrow, you can catch it broadcast live from the Slooh Community Observatory, as reported in a detailed article on Space.com:

A partial solar eclipse will darken the skies above southern Africa early Sunday (Sept. 13), and the entire world can watch the spectacle live online. Sunday’s eclipse will be visible to observers throughout South Africa, as well as people in the southern parts of Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Madagascar. But wherever you are, you can view the eclipse live thanks to a free webcast hosted by the Slooh Community Observatory. The Slooh show begins at 12:30 a.m. EDT (0430 GMT) Sunday and can be viewed live on Slooh.com along with the observatory’s archive of night sky webcasts. It will run through 5 a.m. EDT (0900 GMT), with the time of maximum eclipse expected at 3 a.m. EDT (0700 GMT).

You can also watch the solar eclipse live on Space.com, courtesy of Slooh. The webcast will feature Slooh astronomer Bob Berman and solar researcher Lucie Green.

Ever wondered how it is that total solar eclipses can happen at all? The Space.com article answers that with this interesting factiod:

That total solar eclipses can occur at all is a strange accident of cosmic geometry. The sun is about 400 times wider than the moon, but it’s also 400 times farther from Earth, so the two objects are roughly the same size in Earth’s sky.

While partial solar eclipses are interesting events, total eclipses are more exciting both visually and scientifically, experts say.

“During a total solar eclipse, the moon is a near-perfect fit for the sun’s disk, so almost all of the corona is visible,” Jack Ireland, a solar physicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, said in a statement.

The corona is the sun’s thin atmosphere, which is ordinarily tough to observe because it gets lost in the overwhelming glare coming from the solar surface.

Therefore, total solar eclipses are the perfect opportunities for astronomers to study the sun’s corona.

Get all the facts on tomorrow’s eclipse in Space.com’s highly informative article.

 

 

Source: Space.com – “Watch Sunday’s Partial Solar Eclipse Live in Slooh Webcast

Photo Credit: Kali Morgan/www.kalimorganphoto.com

[Video] Weird Rare Pink Dolphin Surfaces Again

How did “Pinky,” a rare pink bottlenose dolphin, billed as “the world’s only one” get its color? A great article on National Geographic explains:

First spotted in 2007 in the Calcasieu River by charter boat captain Erik Rue, Pinky is likely an albino, says Greg Barsh, a scientist who studies the genetics of color variation at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Alabama.

Two telltale signs of albinism are Pinky’s reddish eyes and blood vessels, which show through its pale skin that’s devoid of pigment.

Albinism occurs when cells that normally make the pigment melanin, responsible for skin, hair, and eye color, fail to produce it at normal levels, or at all.

You can see Pinky in this YouTube video:

Check out the great article on the National Geographic website for more details and facts.

 

Source: NationalGeographic.com “How Did Rare Pink Dolphin Get Its Color?

Video Credit: YouTube – Calcasieu Charter Service’s Channel

Hey Kids! Send A Postcard to the Curiosity Rover on Mars!

Hey, I found a cool idea for the kids: how about sending the Curiosity rover on Mars a postcard? 🙂

Curiosity has been roving around on Mars for over 3 years and sending us “postcards” in the form of amazing pictures of the Martian landscape, and maybe it’s getting a bit lonely there, so how about let’s show some love and send Curiosity a postcard back!

Here’s how:

  1. Go to this page on NASA website: http://mars.nasa.gov/msl/participate/postcard/
  2. Pick your out favorite photo from Curiosity and click it
  3. Follow the steps to send a postcard with you own message to Curiosity!

After you send your postcard, you’ll be able to see all of the other postcards that kids from around the world have sent to Curiosity.

Check it out!

Photo Credit: NASA Rover Curiosity – selfie!