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Trump Likes Image of Him 'Eclipsing' Obama

He also tweets about Mitch McConnell and James Clapper

(Newser) - It's been another busy morning for President Trump on Twitter . He's hit a wide range of topics, but one tweet in particular drawing attention is actually a retweet of a supporter's eclipse joke. It shows an image of Trump gradually coming closer to one of President Obama,... More »

Your Eclipse Glasses Don't Have to End Up in the Trash

There's a better way

(Newser) - If you think your options for what to do next with those now-relatively-useless eclipse glasses are only A) put them in a memory box or B) put them in a trash can, good news. Gizmodo reports on a pleasant option C) give them to kids in need. The president of... More »

How to Tell If the Eclipse Damaged Your Eyes

Looking at sun for 20 seconds 'definitely too long'

(Newser) - Despite many warnings about the possibility of permanent eye damage—and, in one case, the advice of a presidential aide —a lot of people ended up looking at the sun during Monday's eclipse without the recommended solar filter. Jacob Chung, chief of ophthalmology at New Jersey's Englewood... More »

President Stares at Sun Without Glasses

Trump later did don eye protection

(Newser) - One person who apparently did not heed the warnings about how to view Monday's solar eclipse: the president. As multiple outlets including USA Today report, President Trump appeared to look at the sun without any protective eye wear for at least a moment during the eclipse. Space.com '... More »

Experts: Maybe Don't Watch Monday's Solar Eclipse

Just a few seconds of looking at an eclipse can do lasting eye damage

(Newser) - Experts really can't stress enough how much you absolutely shouldn't look at this Monday's eclipse without proper eye protection—and maybe not even then. "There are serious risks associated with viewing a solar eclipse directly, even when using solar filter glasses," USA Today quotes Ohio... More »

People Are Losing Their Heads Over the Eclipse. Not Literally This Time

What to expect when total solar eclipse hits US for 1st time in 99 years

(Newser) - On Monday, the US will have a view of a total solar eclipse for the first time in 99 years. We know that thanks to the hard, sometimes-life-risking work of astronomers over thousands of years. In a history of eclipse predictions, BuzzFeed reports two Chinese astronomers were beheaded by the... More »

Krispy Kreme Has a Special Treat for Eclipse Day

It's going to 'eclipse' its original glazed doughnut by smothering it in chocolate

(Newser) - The complete solar eclipse set to grace our skies on Aug. 21 has been the subject of buzz for months, and Krispy Kreme now hopes to add a little sugar to that buzz. USA Today reports that, to commemorate the cosmic event, the chain will offer an "eclipsed" version... More »

Do Homework Before Buying Your Solar Eclipse Glasses

Quartz finds some suspicious ones on Amazon

(Newser) - The first total solar eclipse in the continental US since 1979 is fast approaching and Amazon sellers are ready. Many who typically sell fad items are hawking solar eclipse glasses—meant to block 99.99% of sunlight, per the Verge —in the lead-up to Aug. 21, taking over a... More »

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 »

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 »

A Rare Total Solar Eclipse Wows (Parts of) Earth

Svalbard, Norway, offered perfect view, though clouds obstructed other areas

(Newser) - Sky-gazers in the Arctic were treated to a perfect view of a total solar eclipse today as the moon completely blocked out the sun in a clear sky, casting a shadow over Norway's remote archipelago of Svalbard. People shouted, cheered, and applauded as Longyearbyen, the main town in Svalbard,... More »

Tomorrow's Rare Eclipse: Beginning of Armageddon?

Superstitions abound as solar eclipse, supermoon, and equinox collide

(Newser) - Three astronomical events are happening tomorrow, and depending on whom you talk to and how superstitious they are, it's either going to be a day filled with good luck or a pretty terrible one. A rare solar eclipse/supermoon/vernal equinox combo will be taking place, with prime eclipse viewing spots... More »

Solar Eclipse Happens Today

Americans will see only one more this decade

(Newser) - It's a great month for watching the skies: On top of the selenelion eclipse and the Orionid meteor shower , a partial solar eclipse can be seen by most Americans today, reports Sky and Telescope . It can be seen around 2pm on the West Coast and 6pm on the East... More »

Sunrise Tomorrow Brings Solar Eclipse

Just don't forget about the time change

(Newser) - East Coasters, this might be the best use of that extra hour you'll gain overnight by setting the clocks back: Get up at sunrise and check out the sky. ( NBC News advises how to do so safely.) Weather permitting, you'll be treated to a solar eclipse.... 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 Wows

'Ants look up from anthill,' notes one observer

(Newser) - The rare "ring of fire" annular solar eclipse did not disappoint. Millions of watchers from Tokyo to San Francisco and Albuquerque stood transfixed before homemade pinhole boxes, telescope projections, live action on computers—or peered at the sky with special cardboard glasses as the moon moved into position to... 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 »

China Scientists Report UFO

Researchers analyzing 40 minutes of film during July solar eclipse

(Newser) - Chinese scientists have reported filming a UFO for 40 minutes during the solar eclipse in July, reports the Telegraph. Researchers from the Purple Mountain Observatory in Nanjing said they will study the footage for a full year before they issue any conclusions. Scientists "discovered near the sun an unidentified... 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 »

India Cowers Ahead of Total Solar Eclipse

(Newser) - Wednesday’s total solar eclipse is eliciting fear and speculation across the Indian subcontinent, AFP reports. A New Delhi gynecologist says caesarian sections scheduled for the day of the eclipse have been canceled. “This is a belief deeply rooted in Indian society,” he said. “Couples are willing... More »

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