When the Moon is totally in the Earth's shadow, called totality, the Moon will turn an eerie shade of red as sunlight bends through the Earth's atmosphere to reach it. After totality, the Earth's shadow will slowly wipe off the Moon and return it to its normal, full self.
On August 21, 2017 the first total solar eclipse in decades visible from the continental United States will appear in state near you.
Did we really want to buy a house? No. It just had felt like what we should do. What we really wanted, what would make us truly happy, was not fitting ourselves into some prescribed mold but making our greatest dreams come true.
Too many stories showed pictures of total solar eclipses instead of annulars. Confusion abounded as what you'd see from within the path versus elsewhere. At least they all emphasized the danger of looking directly at the Sun.
In comparing Allais' two counterintuitive observations -- that pendulums behave oddly during eclipses and that human beings behave oddly when making decisions involving uncertainties -- I can't help feeling the former is much more important than the latter.
Here's a month-by-month listing of events I'm excited for in 2012.
Eclipse chasing is a serious endeavor. The first time I chased one was with my 16 year old daughter in 2006 in Cappadocia, Turkey, not far from the first recorded total solar eclipse.
Maybe it's time we stop looking in our churches, in our White House or on our TV for answers and start remembering that we've got one world. Make the best of it.
Just as an action movie sends messages to our brains to release adrenaline, which excites us, other films transmit signals that promote reflection, relaxation, tranquility and overall well-being.
Superdelegates could show those around the world another dimension of America's electoral system that few -- even in America -- get to see. The race should go all the way to the Convention.
"My religion is a personal matter to me," Sen. Obama told his followers. "Having said that, let me make this clear: I have accepted Oprah as my host."