Today, in the rough areas of Asia, parts of Europe, and Greenland, a total solar eclipse is viewable. This is the first total eclipse in about two and a half years. A total eclipse means that only a part of the sun, appearing as a ring, will be able to be seen. The path for the viewing of the total eclipse is a small range of no more than 157 miles wide.
If you look up tonight, you may see an amazing sight: the last total lunar eclipse until 2010. The eclipse, weather permitting, should be visible throughout the United States, even more so in the South. Also, NASA plans to shoot down the military satellite some time late today if weather allows.
Tonight, Mars will be opposite the Sun in our visible night sky. The planet is at its closest point to the Earth it will be for the next nine years (until about 2016). After sunset, Mars will be to the right of the Moon in the south-southeastern sky.
An erie whistling, whishing, and several echoes have now been reported by NASA to have been heard by several probes. These sounds couldn't sound more like aliens of outer space off a sci-fi soundtrack.
With a new moon, the Summer Triangle is at its peak and will soon be replaced by the Winter Hexagon. The Summer Triangle consists of the three stars: Deneb, Vega, and Altair. These stars are in the midst of the Milky Way Galaxy.
Tonight, much of the world can look upward and see the Moon cross into the shadow of the Earth, becoming completely immersed for one-hour and 30 minutes. This event is so special because it only happens on average of every seven years. With the light of the Sun blocked, however, there will not be total darkness. Instead, the ground will appear to glow because these incredible, colorful light beams around the moon will make their way onto Earth's surface. This will also cause the moon to have a golden color. On the West Coastof the USA, the eclipse will be full throughout the entire night, but on the East Coast, the eclipse will begin at its fullest at sunrise, causing the full eclipse to be unable to be seen.
Astronomers seem to have found a hole in the universe! The distance is about one billion light years. What is so strange about this "hole" is that there are no stars, galaxies, black holes, or any other matter.
Now Arrived...STAR SPOTLIGHT
Although this summer may seem hot, scientists are closely watching the sun. It seems as though it is almost spotless. This could mean that it has reached a solar minimum, a time when there is the least amount of solar activity on the sun. The other extreme on the sun is solar maximum, which is also known as hurricane season on Earth. The next solar cycle predicted should begin in March of 2008.
On Friday, September 15, 2006, a new planet was discovered. Astronomers say that this planet is so "puffy" that it could float on water. This planet has been named HAT-P-1 and is the least dense of all planets that have been found outside of our solar system. HAT-P-1 takes 4.5 days to orbit around its star, while Earth takes one year.
On Sunday, August 27, 2006, there was a misunderstanding that Mars would be as closest to Earth as it ever would be for hundreds or thousands more years. Actually, Mars is completely opposite of the Earth. This hoax was started in 2003, when Mars was only 53 million kilometers away from Earth. If Mars came too close to the Earth, as to appear as the size of the moon, the Earth's orbit would be affected because its powerful gravitational pull could cause weather problems on Earth.