Imagining the Earth through the eyes of China's Yutu rover

The Yutu rover is now scouring the lunar surface on a three-month mission to explore the dark lava plains of the Bay of Rainbows. The Chinese probe is also set to leave behind a powerful telescope. Here's what Yutu will see when it peers towards Earth — and what the eclipse of April 15th, 2014, might look like. » 12/20/13 7:20am 12/20/13 7:20am

Venus tried to eclipse the sun. It's not its fault it didn't work.

Last year saw the most recent transit of Venus, as our planetary sibling passed directly between the Sun and our planet. It's an exceedingly rare event—the next one isn't due until 2117, and that's actually a bit ahead of the normal schedule. But what exactly is the Transit of Venus? In a sense, it's just a really » 8/25/13 2:00pm 8/25/13 2:00pm

The sale of Night Shade Books is killing the best new science fiction…

We were afraid of this. Now that Night Shade Books is being sold off, this means a premature end to Eclipse Online, the online magazine started by Jonathan Strahan as a continuation of his acclaimed Eclipse book series. » 4/04/13 3:56pm 4/04/13 3:56pm

The Best of January's Short Stories (That You Can Read For Free Online)

Short stories have always been the lifeblood of the science fiction and fantasy genres, even though novels get the lion's share of the attention. There are hundreds of great stories published every year — and a large portion of them are available for free online — but many people only read the shorts in one of the… » 2/01/13 10:20am 2/01/13 10:20am

The Ultimate List of Reasons We Know the Earth is Definitely Round

In case you had any lingering doubts, here is some masterful cosmological/geological/geometrical instruction on our planet and its spherical — but not perfectly spherical — tendencies, courtesy of the ever-capable Henry Reich (better known as the creator, animator and narrator of MinutePhysics). Some great, if not… » 1/03/13 2:24pm 1/03/13 2:24pm

Jonathan Strahan's acclaimed Eclipse anthology series becomes a free…

One of the great bright spots in the world of short genre fiction has been Jonathan Strahan's Eclipse anthology series — Eclipse Three, in particular, was one of the best anthologies of the past decade. Following in the footsteps of Dangerous Visions and Starlight, Eclipse gathered cutting-edge stories from some of the … » 10/05/12 4:00pm 10/05/12 4:00pm

Everything you need to know to catch Tuesday's rare transit of Venus

On Tuesday, the planet Venus will pass between Earth and the Sun, appearing to cross the face of our star in a rare event known as a "transit." The next transit of Venus to be visible from Earth won't happen until December 2117. In other words: you don't want to miss this. Here's everything you need to know to catch a… » 6/04/12 5:30pm 6/04/12 5:30pm

Jaw-dropping photo and video of yesterday's annular eclipse

The Moon passed in front of the Sun yesterday, giving rise to a stunning solar eclipse visible across much of the world. A select few even got a rare glimpse of an annular (aka "ring of fire") eclipse — the first to be visible from the continental U.S. since 1994. » 5/21/12 2:50pm 5/21/12 2:50pm

Everything you need to know to catch Sunday's rare "ring of fire" eclipse

This weekend, the Moon will pass between Earth and the Sun, giving rise to what sky-watchers call an annular eclipse. Also known as a "ring of fire" eclipse (for reasons that the top image should make clear), it's the first annular eclipse to be visible from the continental U.S. in close to 20 years. Here's what you need … » 5/18/12 1:25pm 5/18/12 1:25pm

Watch the lunar eclipse on your computer right now!

There's a 120-minute long, total lunar eclipse starting today at 2:20 PM EDT and that, of course, is awesome. But what's not so awesome is that it won't be visible to people in North America. Selfish Moon! Good thing we have Google to live stream the whole shebang. Just click play on the video above and watch it live. » 6/15/11 11:40am 6/15/11 11:40am