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What scientists hope to learn from the eclipse – CNN

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The first animals evolved during the absolute worst time on Earth – Washington Post

The ice-covered coastline of Greenland, seen during space shuttle Discovery’s STS-85 mission. (NASA) About 700 million years ago, Earth turned into a snowball. The polar ice sheets expanded until they engulfed the globe. The oceans turned to slush. The vast expanses of ice and snow reflected the sun’s light back into space, exacerbating the endless winter. […]

Oregon man left partially blind by 1963 eclipse: 20 seconds was ‘all it took’ – Fox 59

PORTLAND – A Portland man who watched a solar eclipse in 1963 says the experience left him partially blind in one eye, according to KPTV, and now he wants everyone to know the warnings about eye damage during the upcoming eclipse are no joke. Back then, it was a total solar eclipse in Alaska and […]

Man Who Experienced Eye Damage During 1962 Solar Eclipse Gives Warning to Others – PEOPLE.com

A man who damaged his eyes 55 years ago while looking at a partial solar eclipse is warning others about the risks of looking at the sun without protection. In 1962, Lou Tomososki walked home from Marshall High School in Bend, Oregon, with his friend Roger Duval, when the two stopped to watch the partial eclipse occurring in the sky. […]

The total solar eclipse will occur over some of the nation’s more unique landmarks – Washington Post

(Carhenge.com) Only 4 percent of the population lives within the path of Monday’s total solar eclipse, but the slice of territory that will experience totality occupies a large plot of real estate. The moon’s shadow will carve a 70-mile-wide path encompassing some 173,000 square miles, or about 111 million acres. From coast to coast, it will travel 2,480 […]

Why eclipses have inspired terror and awe – wtvr.com

Since ancient times, humans have looked up at the sky with both reverence and fear. When the United States experiences a total solar eclipse August 21, many astronomers expect that it will evoke a sense of awe, excitement and even unity. But imagine that you didn’t understand what an eclipse was and the sun disappeared […]

The 2017 Solar Eclipse Has a ‘Relative’ That Was Born in Japan in 1963 – Space.com

Last month, I reminisced about seeing my first total solar eclipse in July 1972. But my interest in solar eclipses actually began nine years before that, with a partial eclipse of the sun that I viewed from the Bronx on a rather cloudy, muggy Saturday: July 20, 1963. Toward the end of last month’s […]

How Solar Eclipses and Tides Proved the Earth Is Slowing Down – Space.com

Paul Sutter is an astrophysicist at The Ohio State University and the chief scientist at COSI science center. Sutter leads science-themed tours around the world at AstroTouring.com. Sutter contributed this article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. In the 1690s, astronomer Edmund Halley had a problem. He was good buddies with […]

The Origin Story of Animals Is a Song of Ice and Fire – The Atlantic

Before algae, the oceans were dominated by bacteria. Some of these microbes, the cyanobacteria, could make their own food by harnessing the power of sunlight—a process called photosynthesis. In doing so, they provided most of the oxygen in the planet’s atmosphere, and the formed the foundations of the ocean’s food webs. It was their world. […]

‘Frankenstein dinosaur’ enigma solved – CNN

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