A solar eclipse on Friday the 13th? What terrors await in the partially-obscured light of day? My guess would be nothing. It also doesn't help that said eclipse has been and gone and even if you had known about it, you'd have barely noticed it.
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Last night the world was treated to a total lunar eclipse that also coincided with a so-called super moon. The entirety of the eclipse - all five hours and 17 minutes - was visible from practically everywhere in Australia. Or at least it would have been if clouds hadn't spoiled the show.
Sadly, our next total solar eclipse isn’t until 2028. However, that doesn’t mean we there are no eclipses to get excited about for the next 11 years. In fact, we’ve got more eclipses coming than you can poke a stick at.
It can feel nearly impossible to you access a sense of wonder in today's all-the-information-any-time-you-want-it environment, but the answer, I find, is often in the natural world. Whether it's feeling the strange cool breeze that arises during the totality of an eclipse, watching a thousand-strong starling murmuration swirl in the sky, or tasting fresh mango plucked from the tree in front of you, our sensory experience of Earth's pleasures -- even if we know exactly how and why they happen -- can reacquaint us with wonder.
There's a total solar eclipse happening on August 21, 2017. Unfortunately, the Moon's unabashed Sun-blocking power will only be visible from the continental US and will only be visible in other countries as a partial eclipse. Fortunately, these streams mean you can enjoy the full extent of this celestial event from Australia.
You've probably seen a bunch of headlines about a total solar eclipse coming on August 21. It is set to be one of the most spectacular celestial displays of the past century. Unfortunately, everyone in the Southern Hemisphere - including Australians - won't be treated to a darkening of the sun. At all.