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  • Earth isn't the only planet that has total solar eclipses

    August 11, 2017 7:48 PM 9

    Earth is going to get to witness a total solar eclipse on August 21st. But we aren't the only planet that gets to see the rare happening. Live Science says there are two important factors needed to have a total solar eclipse. One is that a planet's moon has to be big enough to cover the sun. The second is that that planet's moon has to be on the same plane

  • What's going to happen to solar power during the eclipse?

    August 10, 2017 7:35 PM 12

    While many are eagerly awaiting the August 21 solar eclipse, solar energy plants are preparing for that brief moment when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun shutting down their energy source. On average, the solar eclipse in its totality will last around two minutes and 40 seconds, leaving eclipse-gazers from Oregon to South Carolina in awe as they witness

  • Earth marks new highs for heat, pollutants, sea level in 2016 – report

    August 10, 2017 6:14 PM 14

    WASHINGTON- The Earth set a series of dire records in 2016, including hottest year in modern times, highest sea level and most heat-trapping gases ever emitted, a global climate report said Thursday. A range of key climate and weather indicators show the planet is growing increasingly warm, a trend that shows no signs of slowing down, said the annual

  • Perseid Meteor Shower 2017: How To Watch Without Saturday's Bright Moon Spoiling Your View

    August 10, 2017 5:20 PM 14

    For anyone planning to watch the Perseid meteor shower this weekend, the forecast holds some bad news. Rumors have been flying around online that we’re set for “the brightest shower in recorded human history.” But the presence of a more than half-full moon on Saturday night and Sunday morning when the event is at its height means the shower might be a little

  • Chinese satellite sends 'hack-proof' message

    August 10, 2017 11:45 AM 29

    China has successfully sent "hack-proof" messages from a satellite to Earth for the first time. The Micius satellite beamed messages to two mountain-top receiving stations 645 km (400 miles) and 1,200 km away. The message was protected by exploiting quantum physics, which says any attempt to eavesdrop on it would make detectable changes. Using satellites

  • How to Make Solar Filters (and Why You Might Not Want To)

    August 10, 2017 11:42 AM 27

    This Expert Voices column is from Bob Baer, who directs the public astronomy observations and general physics outreach events in the physics department at Southern Illinois University (SIU) Carbondale He has been leading SIU's eclipse-outreach efforts for three years, in anticipation of the 2017 total solar eclipse that will cross the U.S. from coast

  • First 'Winged' Mammals Lived Alongside Dinosaurs 160 Million Years Ago

    August 9, 2017 8:46 PM 14

    Both newly identified species lived about 160 million years ago, making them the oldest-known mammal-like gliders on record, the researchers said. "I was stunned when first seeing these specimens — they looked as if they just fell flat into a shallow lake, with limbs and their gliding membranes spread perfectly out, fossilized for eternity," the studies'

  • Facts about our sun and moon you may have forgotten

    August 9, 2017 8:11 PM 17

    Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you know by now that the sun and the moon will be the stars of the Great American Eclipse of 2017. It happens Aug. 21, when the moon will pass between the sun and Earth, and, depending on where you are in the United States and a few other countries, the moon can be seen completely, or partially, blocking the sun. But how much do you really

  • Mysteries of Sun’s corona on view during upcoming eclipse

    August 9, 2017 11:13 AM 27

    From ground, sky and space, researchers are ready to test latest technologies on the Great American Eclipse. Over the centuries, scientists have used total solar eclipses (such as one in 1979, above) to make fundamental advances. When the Moon’s shadow races across the continental United States on 21 August, researchers will be waiting — in planes, on mountaintops

  • Solar Eclipse Quiz: How Much Do You Really Know?

    August 9, 2017 12:48 AM 12

    See if you can ace our collection of eclipse brain-teasers. On August 21, a total solar eclipse will cross the United States from coast to coast for the first time since 1918. The historic event is expected to draw record crowds, as millions of people will be in or close to the path of totality, where viewers can see the moon completely blot out the sun for more than two minutes