Alaska Airlines rearranges flight to view solar eclipse

Alaska Airlines Solar Eclipse Flight #870

Via CNET: A flight from Anchorage to Honolulu was purposely delayed so that passengers could view the complete solar eclipse.


Totally amazing, with a few “Oh My God’s” thrown in for good measure 🙂 Cannot wait for next fall! If looking for more information, please check out the rest of our website or visit for even more updated info!

2015 Europe Total Solar Eclipse

Total Solar Eclipse 2015 Europe

2015 Europe Total Solar Eclipse


If you live in Northern Europe you will be lucky to have an opportunity to see a Total Solar Eclipse this Friday, March 20th, 2015. Most of Europe will see at least a partial eclipse, depending on of course, visibility. Viewing parties are already lined up in many areas so check your local area, as viewing an eclipse with friends, loved ones, and others who share your passion for all things celestial.


Below is more information garnered from Earth Sky and NASA about this eclipse. Thank you for viewing!


Supermoon total eclipse of equinox sun on March 20


On March 20 – same date as the 2015 March equinox – the moon turns new only 14 hours after reaching lunar perigee – moon’s closest point to Earth in its orbit. Thus this moon is a supermoon – at the new phase – not visible in our sky, but having a larger-than-average effect on Earth’s oceans. Plus this new supermoon swings right in front of the equinox sun on March 20, so that the moon’s shadow falls on parts of Earth. Follow the links below to learn more.

Who will see the March 20 eclipse?

How to watch an eclipse safely

March 20 total eclipse times from land

March 20 partial eclipse times

Still not sure when to watch? Try these links

What causes a solar eclipse?

How often does a solar eclipse happen on the March equinox?


From NASA:

Celebrate the International Year of Light

The United Nations has declared that 2015 is the “International Year of Light”, and NASA is releasing some spectacular images to kick of the celebration. Although we often think of ‘light’ as only the visible spectrum we can see, there are many different forms of light: infrared, radio, microwave, ultraviolet, gamma rays, and X-rays (many of these light forms have variations of themselves, but these are the main forms of light within the electromagnetic spectrum) The Chandra X-ray Observatory concentrates on one of these forms of light, which by its name you would guess; the X-ray.


The following images and text are from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory‘s page: “NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory explores the Universe in X-rays, a high-energy form of light.  By studying X-ray data and comparing them with observations in other types of light, scientists can develop a better understanding of objects likes stars and galaxies that generate temperatures of millions of degrees and produce X-rays.”

Five objects at various distances that have been observed by Chandra

The images, beginning at the upper left and moving clockwise, are:

Messier 51 (M51): This galaxy, nicknamed the “Whirlpool,” is a spiral galaxy, like our Milky Way, located about 30 million light years from Earth. This composite image combines data collected at X-ray wavelengths by Chandra (purple), ultraviolet by the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX, blue); visible light by Hubble (green), and infrared by Spitzer (red).

SNR 0519-69.0: When a massive star exploded in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to the Milky Way, it left behind an expanding shell of debris called SNR 0519-69.0. Here, multimillion degree gas is seen in X-rays from Chandra (blue).  The outer edge of the explosion (red) and stars in the field of view are seen in visible light from Hubble.

MSH 11-62: When X-rays, shown in blue, from Chandra and XMM-Newton are joined in this image with radio data from the Australia Telescope Compact Array (pink) and visible light data from the Digitized Sky Survey (DSS, yellow), a new view of the region emerges. This object, known as MSH 11-62, contains an inner nebula of charged particles that could be an outflow from the dense spinning core left behind when a massive star exploded.

RCW 86: This supernova remnant is the remains of an exploded star that may have been witnessed by Chinese astronomers almost 2,000 years ago. Modern telescopes have the advantage of observing this object in light that is completely invisible to the unaided human eye. This image combines X-rays from Chandra (pink and blue) along with visible emission from hydrogen atoms in the rim of the remnant, observed with the 0.9-m Curtis Schmidt telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (yellow).

Cygnus A: This galaxy, at a distance of some 700 million light years, contains a giant bubble filled with hot, X-ray emitting gas detected by Chandra (blue). Radio data from the NSF’s Very Large Array (red) reveal “hot spots” about 300,000 light years out from the center of the galaxy where powerful jets emanating from the galaxy’s supermassive black hole end. Visible light data (yellow) from both Hubble and the DSS complete this view.

In addition to these newly released images, the Chandra X-ray Center has created a new online repository of images called “Light: Beyond the Bulb” for IYL. This project places astronomical objects in context with light in other fields of science and research.

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, manages the Chandra program for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, controls Chandra’s science and flight operations.

For more information on “Light: Beyond the Bulb,” visit the website at

For more information on the International Year of Light, go to

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The brilliant images on this post and the above descriptions are all property of NASA and their respective Observatories. Enjoy them and make sure to keep an eye out for more exciting images and news as we celebrate the “International Year of Light” around the world!