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Now We Actually Have a Real Reason to Dread Solar Eclipses 

Superstitions have surrounded the eerie solar eclipse since time immemorial. And now, for entirely scientific reasons, it turns out we have good reason to fear them. Earth's biggest solar eclipse since 1999 is happening this March, and it could cause some real disruption—thanks to Europe's reliance on solar energy. » 2/24/15 9:01pm 2/24/15 9:01pm

This Glorious Gallery Highlights A Myriad Optical Delights

The International Year of Light continues with a beautiful gallery celebrating all aspects of light: multispectral astronomical, technological innovations, bioluminescence, eclipses, and even noctilucent clouds. I'll say this for it: this is the most visually interesting and diverse "Year of..." celebration! » 1/27/15 11:32pm 1/27/15 11:32pm

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 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