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Great Moments in April Fool’s Day Online

The internet makes April Fool’s Day shenanigans accessible to millions of people, many of them quite gullible, as any spammer can attest. Here are some of the biggest and best internet pranks from the past few years. 2004: the iShave A German website launched a new product called the iShave, It was supposedly a gadget you plugged [...]

Solar Eclipse at the End of the World

Photo: Fred Bruenjes What would the total eclipse of the sun look like from the end of the world? It would look exactly like the photo above: In 2003, the Sun, the Moon, Antarctica, and two photographers all lined up in Antarctica during an unusual total solar eclipse. Even given the extreme location, a group of enthusiastic [...]

A Cosmic Collision

Today’s Astronomy Picture of the Day shows the aftermath of powerful collision between two asteroids in the belt between Mars and Jupiter. They estimate the speed of the impact at “15,000 kilometers per hour — five times the speed of a rifle bullet — and liberated energy in excess of a nuclear bomb.” What Hubble saw indicates that [...]

The Green Flash

The “green flash” is not a superhero, but an optical phenomenon more talked about than seen. The truth is the green flash does exist and its cause is well understood. Just as the setting Sun disappears completely from view, a last glimmer appears startlingly green… The effect is typically visible only from locations with a low, [...]

Equinox Sunset

Photo by Tamas Ladanyi Today’s Astronomy Picture of the Day is gorgeous! September 22nd was the Autumn equinox, where we all experienced nearly 12 hours of daylight, and 12 hours of darkness. Oh, and that building in the background is the Benedictine Archabbey of Tihany, Hungary, which overlooks Lake Balaton. Link