February 21, 2019

Astronomy Video of the Week: Ode to a Solar Eclipse

The end of totality over the Faroes.

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons/Schnuffel2002/under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license

The sight of a total solar eclipse is pure unforgettable magic. The March 20th, 2015 total solar eclipse provided a unique artistic backdrop for a live musical performance. As the shadow of the Moon touched down over the North Atlantic and raced towards the Faroe Islands, the Faroese metal band Hamferđ (the ‘đ’ is a voiced dental fricative pronounced like the ‘th’ in the English word father) was ready. [Read more...]

Astronomy Video of the Week: Chasing Shadows

An animation of the March 20th 2015 total solar eclipse

Credit: NASA/GSFC/A.T. Sinclair.

Have you ever seen a total solar eclipse? Perhaps you’ve seen a partial solar eclipse as the Moon takes a bite out of the Sun. But true umbraphiles will tell you that it’s just not the same as standing in the shadow of the Moon during totality. [Read more...]

Astronomy Video of the Week: An Arctic Total Solar Eclipse!

A ‘diamond ring’ seen at the end of totality during the 2008 solar eclipse.

Credit: NASA/Exploratorium

The month of March sees the beginning of meteorological and astronomical Spring in the northern hemisphere. March also gives us another reason to celebrate, as the first of two eclipse seasons for 2015 begins. 2015 features 4 eclipses — 2 solar and 2 lunar —and the first one is coming right up on March 20th. [Read more...]