A Rare Bull’s Eye for the US, for the Solar Eclipse of August 21st


Thousands and Thousands of Solar Eclipses, all these years; what would be even new, you might think? The scientists are expected to be exhausted from all the learning about this naturally occurring spectacle. Well, they are not. Jay Pasachoff says that he often gets asked why they still are so excited about the eclipses, through the scientific paradigm.

These astronomers at Williams College, Massachusetts, who is also the head of the International Astronomical Union, working on the solar eclipses says that there are whole parts, indeed all of the Sun that one can’t see from satellites which are why eclipses are still in the limelight.

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Later this month, many science volunteers and astronomers in the U.S are going to gaze up the sun, by joining the line of solar eclipse scholars, including Thomas Edison, the Plutarch, and the Babylonians. This time, the entire focus of attention will be on the outer atmosphere of the Sun, known as the Corona which is only revealed when the moon slips in front of the sun and blocks the blinding light of the sun. The Corona has gotten its name from the idea that it resembles a crown.

While they can look at the corona normally using disks in the telescopes creating artificial eclipses, the moon here is going to do something that disks can’t, by creating a perfect Solar Eclipse, this August 21st by exposing the inner part of the corona.