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People Are Freaking Out About 2017 Solar Eclipse

It's predicted to be a once-in-a-lifetime event

(Newser) - It's still 10 months away, but sky gazers are already bursting with excitement—and booking vacations—over what is predicted to be "one of the most spectacular and widely accessible solar shows of our lifetime," per Mother Nature Network . On Aug. 21, 2017, the US will be... More »

Here's How the World Saw the Supermoon Eclipse

Apocalypse fails to arrive during celestial event

(Newser) - Stargazers were treated to a rare astronomical phenomenon when a total lunar eclipse combined with a so-called supermoon Sunday night. It was the first time the events have made a twin appearance since 1982, and they won't again until 2033. When a full moon makes its closest approach to... More »

How to Watch This Weekend's Supermoon Eclipse

It will be visible to 2B people

(Newser) - There's another supermoon on Sunday night—but this time it's a supermoon eclipse. As Time explains, the supermoon occurs when the moon is at its closest point to Earth, and Sunday's will be around 14% bigger than usual. And a lunar eclipse, of course, is when the... More »

Total Eclipse of the Sun Coming to a Yard Near You

Mark your calendars for Aug. 21, 2017

(Newser) - Ever dreamed of seeing the sky darken and the stars twinkle in the middle of a summer's day? Then mark your calendar for Aug. 21, 2017, because if you're in the US the chances are good that you'll be among the 200 million or so people within... More »

'Impossible' Selenelion Eclipse Happens Tomorrow

Total lunar eclipse will coincide with rising sun

(Newser) - Early risers east of the Mississippi tomorrow might be able to see something that should be impossible under the rules of celestial geometry: a rare "selenelion" eclipse in which a total eclipse of the moon can be seen at the same time as the rising sun, reports.... More »

Here's the Blood Moon You Missed

3 more total lunar eclipses are coming

(Newser) - Didn't stay up until the wee hours to catch today's blood moon ? No problem. Enjoy our photo gallery, then come back for some facts about the total lunar eclipse:
  • It was the first of a "tetrad," four such complete eclipses we'll see this year
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Solar Eclipse Wows Aussies

Next total solar eclipse won't be until 2015

(Newser) - From boats bobbing on the Great Barrier Reef, to hot air balloons hovering over the rainforest, and the hilltops and beaches in between, tens of thousands of scientists, tourists, and amateur astronomers watched as the sun, moon, and Earth aligned and plunged northern Australia into darkness during a total solar... More »

Curiosity Snaps Mars Solar Eclipse

Partial eclipse was brief, tiny

(Newser) - The latest celestial images from Curiosity, NASA's Mars rover, show a partial solar eclipse as Martian moon Phobos crosses the sun. The eclipse isn't quite as impressive as one on Earth would be, explains, because Phobos is just 14 miles across, so it only covers a... More »

SF Woman Blames Car Crash on Eclipse

She says she was blinded by glare when she hit pedestrians

(Newser) - A San Francisco driver blamed the moon moving in front of the sun for preventing her from spotting the pedestrians moving in front of her vehicle. The 26-year-old woman told cops that she had looked at the "ring of fire" annular eclipse and had been temporarily blinded by its... More »

'Ring of Fire' Eclipse Tonight

Annular solar eclipse visible from western US

(Newser) - For the first time this century, the sun will partially disappear behind the moon over the US tonight, leaving a “ring of fire” around the moon in what is known as an annular eclipse. The solar event will be best viewed from 33 national parks that will experience the... More »

Sky-Watchers Relish Total Lunar Eclipse

Moon-lovers revel in 'orangy-red' color

(Newser) - Moon watchers in the western US, Hawaii, and elsewhere across the globe were treated yesterday to a rare celestial phenomenon: a total lunar eclipse. For 51 minutes starting at 6:06 a.m. PST, the Earth's shadow completely blocked the moon. The moon took on a reddish glow, as... More »

Indian Woman Killed in Eclipse Stampede

(Newser) - A woman was killed early today in a stampede at the Ganges River where thousands of devout Hindus gathered to witness a total eclipse of the sun, AP reports. Millions poured outside to see the longest eclipse of the 21st Century. But many in the superstitious nation fearfully huddled indoors... More »

Eclipse Dazzles Asia

(Newser) - The longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century is providing a sensation in parts of India, China, and throughout Asia. In some areas, the eclipse has lasted 6 minutes and 39 seconds. To see photos—it's just a partial eclipse in many regions—click on Slideshow, at left. More »

How to Take a Solar Eclipse Road Trip

Hit the right spot and see 93M miles into the distance

(Newser) - Thousands of people will trek to the hinterlands on August 1 just to stand in the dark for three minutes. The reason: a total solar eclipse is set to sweep over a path spanning from China to Canada. Wired clues would-be eclipse chasers in on ways to maximize each sunless... More »

Astronomers Trace Homer's Wandering Hero

Experts tie Odysseus' return to Ithaca with real eclipse in 1178

(Newser) - Homer's Odyssey is 2,700 years old, and the events it describes happened centuries earlier. But two scientists claim in a new paper that they've traced one line in the epic poem—a possible reference to an eclipse—to a real astronomical event. Classicists might take issue, writes the New ... More »

Western US Awaits Total Lunar Eclipse

Early birds who look to the skies will get an eyeful on Tuesday

(Newser) - The Western US will get a celestial treat early Tuesday morning: a total lunar eclipse. Residents of the Western Hemisphere and eastern Asia will get at least a glimpse of the spectacle, but Europeans will miss out—the moon will be below the horizon. tells you how to... More »

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