The Rarest Eclipse of Them All

“You can’t exactly bake a man to your specifications… A hybrid of Einstein, Tarzan and Inge Meysel doesn’t exist.” –Peer Steinbruck Of course, if you create enough chances, all the things thatĀ could eventually happen will come to pass. This is as true for human beings as it is for the physical Universe. And for our … Read moreThe Rarest Eclipse of Them All

Measure the Tilt of the Earth on the Solstice! (This Wednesday!)

“Soon the earth will tilt on its axis and begin to dance to the reggae beat to the accompaniment of earthquake. And who can resist the dance of the earthquake, mon?” –Peter Tosh Every year, there are two special days where every place on Earth receives the same amount of sunlight — 12 hours — … Read moreMeasure the Tilt of the Earth on the Solstice! (This Wednesday!)

How long does a Solar Eclipse last?

“The moon shuts off the beams of the sun as it passes across it, and darkens so much of the earth as the breadth of the blue-eyed moon amounts to.” -Empedocles, ~450 B.C. Less than two weeks ago, I saw my first annular eclipse, with some spectacular results at the moment of maximum eclipse. This … Read moreHow long does a Solar Eclipse last?

Weekend Diversion: An Optical Illusion

Starts With A Bang! is off to a great start; each the past three days we have topped the 100 visitor mark, bringing our total number of unique visitors up to 1,413! I’m going to attempt to start a new tradition here of making a weekend post on a topic that I just find neat, … Read moreWeekend Diversion: An Optical Illusion