What’s happening? On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will witness an eclipse of the sun for the first time in 99 years, where the Moon will pass in front of the Sun casting darkness across swathes of the Earth’s surface. Dubbed the Great American Eclipse, the moment will see the Sun, the Moon and the Earth become perfectly aligned in a once-in-a-lifetime celestial spectacle seen from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. Although we won’t see a perfect alignment in the UK, we will be able to see a partial eclipse (where the moon covers only a part of the sun). 10 amazing places in America to watch the 2017 solar eclipse Who will see it? Everyone in North America, parts of South America, Africa and Europe – including the UK – will see at least a partial solar eclipse, where the moon covers only a part of the sun. However, 14 states across the United States will experience a total solar eclipse with more than two minutes of darkness descending in the middle of the day over the course of 100 minutes. More than 12 million Americans live inside the path of totality and more than half of the nation live within 400 miles of it. Millions more are expected to travel to cities along the path to witness the phenomenon. Where and when to see the eclipse What causes an eclipse? The diameter of the Sun is 400 times that of the Moon but it lies 400 times further away – which means if you are in exactly the right alignment on the surface of the Earth at the right time, you will see the two celestial bodies overlap exactly. What creates a total solar eclipse Where can I see the eclipse in the UK? Sadly Brits won’t get a total eclipse like our friends across the pond, but we will be treated to a slight partial eclipse which will still be worth watching. It will be visible in parts of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland from around 19:35 on August 21 – but make sure you’re in a spot where there’s no cloud. UK eclipse circumstances for August 21 2017 What areas will see total blackout? Anyone within the path of totality will see the sky become dark for several minutes as the moon completely covers the sun. The path is relatively thin, around 70 miles wide, and stretches from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. It will first be seen at Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 9:05 PDT, with totality beginning at 10:16 PDT. Over the next 90 minutes, it will cross through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North and end near Charleston, South Carolina at 14:28 EDT. The lunar shadow will leave the US at 04:09 EDT. Its longest duration will be near Carbondale, Illinois, where the sun will be completely covered for two minutes and 40 seconds. What time can I see the total eclipse? Here are the mid-eclipse times for some of the major towns and cities along the path of totality, according to Nasa. All times are local. Where to see it | The Great American solar eclipse Will there be a live stream? Yes – Nasa will host an Eclipse Megacast for four hours during the eclipse which will be picked up by local, national and international TV stations. You can also follow all the action via the Telegraph. How can I see it safely? Never look directly at the Sun, even through sunglasses or dark material such as a bin liner or photographic negative. Makeshift filters may not screen out the harmful infrared radiation that can burn the retina of the eye risking permanent eye damage and blindness. Also, viewers must never use binoculars or a telescope. Wear special eclipse viewing glasses – not ordinary sunglasses – or construct a simple pinhole camera which projects an image of the Sun onto a blank piece of paper. Solar eclipse: how to watch the eclipse safely When will Britain next see a solar eclipse? There was a pretty spectacular eclipse in Britain in March 2015, but the last total eclipse in the UK was in August 1999. You might be waiting a while for the next decent one too – it won’t take place until August 12, 2026. On that date up to 95 per cent of the Sun will be obscured. Britain will not see a total solar eclipse until September 23, 2090. How we watched the 1999 solar eclipse – in 90 seconds 01:42 Total solar eclipses in history Eclipses have both fascinated and terrified civilisations for centuries. When King Henry I of England, the son of William the Conqueror, died in 1133, his death happened to coincide with a total solar eclipse plummeting the nation into darkness for four minutes and 38 seconds. Historian William of Malmesbury wrote in 1140 that “the darkness was so great that people at first thought the world was ending.”
By Phil Stewart AL DHAFRA AIR BASE, United Arab Emirates (Reuters) – It may not sound possible to “catch” an American spy plane while driving a Dodge Charger. The plane itself was designed in the 1950s to grip the lightest parts of the atmosphere som…
There’s not much to this post, and yet it is perhaps the most important thing I have ever written. Here is what I know: there is a dog, somewhere (perhaps the Bay Area, California), and that dog is pushing a shopping cart around in a grocery store. The dog appears to be a German Shepherd, and the grocery store appears to be well-stocked. SEE ALSO: Extremely excited pup just can’t wait to catch the bus to doggy school You may be thinking, “So what? It’s a fluke, the dog just happened to jump up on the cart.” Wrong. Exhibit B: Look, that’s it, okay? That’s all I have for this one. The dog is pushing a shopping cart. It is one of the best things I have ever seen in my life and more than 70,000 people have faved the dog. I wish I had more information to give you about this dog and yet, at the same time, I am happy that there is still some mystery in the world. Have a nice day and remember not to stare directly at the sun. WATCH: How to watch the solar eclipse without burning your eyes out
Grace Mugabe, the first lady of Zimbabwe, returned home last night from South Africa after being granted diplomatic immunity after being accused of assaulting a model with an extension cable in a Johannesburg hotel. However last night lawyers announced they would launch a legal challenge this week to the immunity which allowed Mr Mugabe to escape facing any charges of assault. The immunity, granted after she arrived in South Africa more then a week ago on private business was a political decision not a legal one said Lorna Ferguson, a South African lawyer. “It was irrational and in contravention of South African laws for her to be granted immunity in the face of what were serious criminal charges laid against her for alleged assault a week ago. Gabriella Engels is seen with an injury to her forehead Credit: Debbie Engels via AP “I consulted the law and with a veteran South Africa foreign affairs expert who said that immunity cannot be granted retrospectively.” Mrs Mugabe is accused of assaulting and injuring Gabriella Engels, a 20-year-old model who was visiting Mrs Mugabe’s two sons, Robert Jnr and Chatunga in a top Johannesburg hotel a week ago. Ms Engels laid charges against Mrs Mugabe after she had her face stitched up in hospital. Mrs Mugabe avoided going to court and was rescued when her husband, President Robert Mugabe, arrived in South Africa to attend a regional conference and arranged immunity for his wife which was officially announced on Saturday. Grace Mugabe, shown here in October 2014, returned home from South Africa Credit: JEKESAI NJIKIZANA/AFP/Getty Images Ms Engels case has been taken up by a non Governmental organisation Afriforum which says it will go to court for the injured woman re the immunity, and will also charge Mrs Mugabe in both criminal and civil cases. President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace, sneaked out of South Africa via South Africa’s main military airport near the capital Pretoria, in the very early hours of Sunday morning. Alex Magisa, a senior Zimbabwean and legal academic at the University of Kent, said one of the tragedies of the Grace Mugabe assault case in South Africa is that few people in Zimbabwe know about it. No mention of the case has been made on the only TV station and all radio stations and daily newspapers it controls. “Much of the 67 percent of people who live in rural areas have to rely on traditional sources (of information) which simply refused to cover the story. MUGABE TIMELINE “Few incidents illustrate the totalitarian face of the Zimbabwean regime as this current case involving Grace Mugabe’s embarrassing moment in South Africa where she allegedly beat up a young woman whom she found in the company of her two sons,” he said. Mrs Mugabe and various web sites and twitter feeds which support her in Zimbabwe say the first lady was attacked by Ms Engels. Ahead of Mrs Mugabe’s return home, South Africa and Zimbabwe seized and grounded passenger aircraft in Johannesburg and Harare. Only after diplomatic immunity for Mrs Mugabe was gazetted did South Africa’s civil aviation authority allow the Air Zimbabwe Boeing 767 it had grounded early Saturday, to take off after midnight on Sunday. Harare had retaliated by seizing a South African Airways aircraft at the Harare International Airport on Saturday and refused to clear it for take-off until after the Mugabe’s were on their way back to Harare. Flights between the two countries have now resumed.
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Nothing reminds us that we are on a celestial island surrounded by the abyss like watching our planet’s energy source turn into a gaping black hole. But don’t take my word for it. From occult and pagan lore to American history and yes, Hollywood, solar eclipses have been harbingers of doom, transformation, and revolution since time immemorial. And can’t you just … feel it? SEE ALSO: 20 questions you’re too embarrassed to ask about the solar eclipse At a time when the fabric of American reality appears on the verge of collapse, maybe we can take comfort in the ancient beliefs that an eclipse isn’t just a phenomenon. It’s a
sign. Everyone, particularly the Deadhead-like eclipse hunters called “Shadow Chasers,” is blowing their lids over this particular one taking place on Monday. We are all now part of a tradition that has governed humans since the dawn of man — looking upward to remember that we are at the mercy of a cosmic dance indifferent to our inner worlds. According to
Reddit, the eclipse is a coming together of “light and dark, symbolizing the unification of good and evil.” Other online occult experts like the good folks at the Academy of the
Pagan Path say that since solar eclipses, “can only occur during the day, on a new moon,” it’s a great time to take advantage of that unique blend of energy toward “planting new seeds and ideas.” Even NASA admits that, while it may not cause any evident physical effects in people, there’s something here: The eclipse even has our no-nonsense nerds sounding like vague, prophetic philosophers. Much like our future, outer space is hella femaleImage: GETTY IMAGESBut NASA’s right about one thing: Belief shapes reality. Wars waged in the name of religion have slaughtered millions since the genesis of society. Pagan rituals practiced thousands of years ago still inspire the same psychological effects in modern people that they did to our earliest ancestors. So, in celebration of our astrological insignificance, let’s dive into a brief, abridged human history of the solar eclipse. May your reckoning be delicious. A tale as old as pre-history It’s hard to choose from the countless, ageless, globally-shared legends about solar eclipses. The most ancient records endure to this day, etched in stone. Five thousand years ago, neolithic man built a circle of cairns in Loughcrew, Ireland. Despite lacking all the precise modern knowledge needed to predict an eclipse accurately, the ancient Irish created a monument that aligned with the solar eclipse of 3340 B.C.E. A millennia before the Chinese even started using paper, they carved solar eclipses into “oracle” bones that date back to 2100 B.C. Drombeg prehistoric stone circle, County Cork, IrelandImage: UIG via Getty ImagesEclipses were believed to be signals of turmoil, but political turmoil in particular. In ancient Chinese culture, the sun symbolized the Emperor and the moon a dragon, so the solar eclipses was seen attacks on the ruler to be warded off. Two court astronomers were beheaded for failing to anticipate them. Many shared this common view of solar eclipses as a devouring of divine beings. Vietnamese legends believed the culprit to be a giant frog, while the Vikings saw wolves. Hindu belief interprets eclipses as the decapitated head of the deity Rahu being chucked into the sky. The ancient Greeks viewed the uncanny event as a sign of certain doom. The poet Archilochus described the 647 B.C.E. eclipse as such: It could also work in reverse. In 585 B.C., “The Battle of the Eclipse” saw the warring Lydians and Medes lay down their weapons, and end a decade-long battle in the husk of the unnatural twilight. The truly great American eclipses Closer to home, eclipses have been tied to events of revolution. Two reportedly occurred during the Revolutionary War, and were used to demonstrate a cultural shift away from the religious and mystical and toward the scientific. But beyond justifying American exceptionalism, solar eclipses are embedded in the African American struggle for liberty, too. In 1791, self-taught black astronomer Benjamin Banneker correctly calculated the eclipse date, contradicting most respected mathematicians. Banneker then sent Thomas Jefferson a mic-drop of a letter, along with a copy of his meticulous work. Banneker wrote that he was “recommending to you and all others, to wean yourselves from those narrow prejudices which you have imbibed with respect to [my brethren].” Benjamin Banneker’s Alamack, 1792. Sent to Thomas Jefferson proving Af-Ams created intellectually equal. https://t.co/TotyNGqZYM … pic.twitter.com/3UZFjCvG2M — Leandra Bernstein (@LeandraB_sbg) August 18, 2017 And most famously — as depicted in Nate Parker’s
The Birth of a Nation — enslaved African-American Nat Turner interpreted one eclipse he witnessed in February 1831 as a black man’s hand reaching for the sun, a sign that he should launch a revolt. After a second eclipse in August, his plans came to fruition, and 70 freed slaves joined him in liberating plantations all over Virginia, a moment widely interpreted as a precursor to the Civil War. We suggest Trump and his neo-Nazi buddies take note. Total eclipse of the pop culture heart As a modern iteration of myth, eclipses have also captured the imagination of our greatest contemporary creators. (And no, we’re not talking about Bonnie Tyler’s love ballad.) Solar eclipses are even vaguely referenced in the largest cultural phenomenon of our time,
Game of Thrones, with its opening sequence showing the orbital ribbons of an astrolabe blotting out a spinning sun over a map of Westeros in certain frames. Stanley Kubrik’s groundbreaking
2001: A Space Odyssey opens on the eclipse of star from space. The title card explodes across the scene, with Richard Strauss’ famed trumpets sounding off a revolution in the entire filmmaking industry. Known as one of the most highly ranked
Simpsons episodes ever, “Marge vs. the Monorail” opens on yet another example of the blue-haired matriarch sacrificing her own enjoyment and self-fullfilment for her family. She gives the ever-unprepared Homer her protective eyewear. But, unable to keep herself from missing out on the wonder, Marge looks up anyway — only to blind herself and incite the revelatory character arc of the episode. Meanwhile
Mad Men, which often referenced cultural cosmic events (like the first satellite image of Earth), featured the July 1963 solar eclipse in the Season 3 episode “Seven Twenty Three.” In the episode, each character’s reaction to the celestial reckoning reveals core aspects of their character. Betty must have her eyes shielded by Henry. Don, on the other hand, thinks he is above the rules of mere mortals, and looks directly into it with sunglasses while the others aren’t watching. Who knows what the coming solar eclipse will inspire in 2017, a year of unprecedented events. Maybe for once, these notions of political upheaval and transformations will finally be quantifiably true. We’re holding out for a rapture that vaporizers the haters right off the planet. WATCH: How to watch the solar eclipse without burning your eyes out
Jubilant Lebanese forces staged a show of solidarity for the victims of the Barcelona terror attack on Sunday, waving the flags of both Spain and Lebanon over captured Isil positions on the Syrian border. The UK and US-backed forces killed 20 militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil), capturing a third of their territory from areas on the border with Syria, according to a Lebanese military spokesman. The fighting, which left three Lebanese soldiers dead, has been coordinated with an offensive on the other side of the border against Isil. Fighters from the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation) paramilitaries gather as they advance towards the city of Tal Afar Credit: AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE The assault in Syria came as the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi launched a new offensive against Isil in the Iraqi city of Tal Afar, one of the extremists’ last remaining strongholds. “You either surrender, or die,” he warned in a televised eve-of-battle speech. Haider al-Abadi announcing the start of operations in Tal Afar Credit: HANDOUT/AFP/Getty Images The Tal Afar offensive comes just weeks after Isil was ousted from its symbolic stronghold and ‘second capital’ of Mosul by a brutal campaign from Iraqi forces which left the centre of the city in ruins. Iraqi forces around Tal Afar began attacking Isil positions from three sides at dawn yesterday, while Shia militia fought south of the city and Kurdish Peshmerga troops in the north. Standing in front of the Iraqi flag and wearing military fatigues, Mr al-Abadi announced that “Zero Hour” had arrived for the Islamic State which is rapidly losing its grip over its so-called “caliphate”. Iraqi forces pounded the Islamic State group in Tal Afar in a new assault Credit: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images “We have won all our battles, and Daesh have always lost,” he said, using an alternative name for the terror group. “The entire world is with you,” Mr al-Abadi told the troops. Several hours after the battle began, the federal police said it had retaken the village of Al-Abra Al-Sghira west of Tal Afar. The US-led coalition fighting Isil in Iraq and Syria welcomed the start of the offensive and pledged support to Iraqi forces involved. An Iraqi forces helicopter is seen flying as forces advance towards the city of Tal Afar Credit: AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend, the head of the anti-Isil coalition, said the operation in Tal Afar is “another important fight that must be won to ensure the country and its citizens are finally free of ISIS.” “The coalition is strong, and fully committed to supporting our Iraqi partners until ISIS is defeated and the Iraqi people are free.” The launch of another round of fighting in the country’s north is causing fresh worries for the safety of civilians caught up in the offensive. The United Nations estimates 30,000 people have already fled the city, and it is preparing to receive thousands more displaced persons. It is believed up to 50,000 civilians remain in Tal Afar.
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