For now, the thousands of potential exoplanets discovered in the past two years are little more than curvy dips on a graph. Astronomers using the Kepler Space Telescope pick them out by examining the way they blot out their own stars’ light as they move through their orbits. But if astronomers could block out the stars themselves, they may be able to see the planets directly.
For the first time since 1638, a total lunar eclipse will be visible from North America on the longest night of the year. That night just happens to be tonight, starting at 1:32 AM, so all you moon-oglers will have to stay up awfully late (or wake up perversely early) to catch it.
Note to our readers in Southeast Asia and the Pacific islands, it might suddenly get dark during the day today. Not to fear, for you and you alone are lucky enough to witness the year's only total solar eclipse.
According to a press release, scientists in Tianhuangping, China have already lauded the eclipse as it passed overhead, claiming “the diamond rings were spectacular” and citing that the cloud cover was perfect for watching the eclipse without special glasses (not recommended).
Eclipse Aviation founder Vern Raburn brings the corporate jet to the masses
By Eric Adams
Posted 11.01.2006 at 3:00 am 0 Comments
Veteran Pilot Vern Raburn has a plan to save us from the nightmare that is modern air travel-the lines, the endless delays, the crowded cabins. His company, Eclipse Aviation in Albuquerque, is manufacturing the most inexpensive business jet ever: a six-seat bird called the Eclipse 500. Hailed as the nation´s first real air taxi, one that could shuttle customers between America´s 5,400 small (read: uncrowded) airports, the jet costs just $1.5 million.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.