Category: Signs in the Heavens

Sun Experiences Longest Period of Inactivity in 7 Years

The sun is currently blank with no visible sunspots and this is the 14th straight day with a blank look which is the longest such stretch since April 2010 according to spaceweather.com. Historically weak solar cycle 24 continues to transition away from its solar maximum phase and towards the next solar minimum. In April 2010 – the last time there was a two week stretch with no visible sunspots –  the sun was emerging from the last solar minimum which was historically long and deep.  There have already been 26 spotless days in 2017 (34% of the entire year)...

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Solar Eclipse Will Cross the US for the First Time in 99 Years

“The Great American Eclipse” will cross the United States on Aug. 21, CNN reported. It has been 99 years since a total solar eclipse crossed the country from the Pacific to the Atlantic. The total solar eclipse on June 8, 1918, crossed the country from Washington to Florida. During the solar eclipse, the moon will pass between the sun and the Earth, appearing to block the sun for almost 90 minutes. The eclipse is expected to cross the country from Portland, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina. Residents in other parts of the country will see a partial eclipse. Scientists and...

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‘Ring of Fire’ Eclipse Will Be Visible from Southern Hemisphere Sunday

This Sunday (Feb. 26) brings the first solar eclipse of 2017. Unlike the total solar eclipse that will cross the continental United States in August, Sunday’s spectacle is an annular eclipse, which means a sliver of the sun’s surface will still be visible around the moon. The moon will appear to block varying amounts of the sun depending on where you are located within the eclipse visibility zone. For those who are properly positioned along a narrow path some 8,500 miles (13,700 kilometers) long and averaging roughly 45 miles (72 km) wide, the dark disk of the moon will...

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Annular “Ring of Fire” Solar Eclipse Will Be Seen This Sunday

There’s going to be an annular solar eclipse on Feb. 26, 2017. Although this month’s eclipse is not visible in the United States, it’s kicking off the six-month countdown until the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, the first visible in the US since 1979. So what’s an annular solar eclipse? When the Moon covers the Sun’s center, leaving the Sun’s visible outer edges to form a “ring of fire”, or annulus around the Moon, an annular solar eclipse happens. An annular solar eclipse occur only: – Around a new Moon when the Earth and Sun are aligned on...

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Mysterious green and blue flashes appeared as New Zealand earthquake struck

Incredible footage filmed during the New Zealand earthquake shows the night sky lighting up with bright colours. Quick-thinking New Zealanders managed to film the scene in Wellington while the powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck near Christchurch. Their clips show flashes of green, white and blue in the sky over a span of a few seconds. Zachary Bell said he filmed a video at ‘the peak of the shaking’, noting that ‘the sky began to light up with colours’ over the sea. Another video posted on Instagram shows clear, bright flashes of light during the earthquake that killed two people...

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