Eclipse season came to a close this week for now. As we've previously reported here on Big Think, we're in for 18 months of show-stopper eclipses known as the "blood moon" tetrad.
NASA published this incredible photo of an annular solar eclipse--a "ring of fire"--from last May, which was captured near Coen, Australia. Unfortunately, this most recent annular solar eclipse on April 29 was best viewed from Antarctica. And the chance of capturing an image like this one is difficult enough: the window is around 50 seconds long as the eclipse enters the annular phase.
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China's Chang'e 4 biosphere experiment marks a first for humankind.
- China's Chang'e 4 lunar lander touched down on the far side of the moon on January 3.
- In addition to a lunar rover, the lander carried a biosphere experiment that contains five sets of plants and some insects.
- The experiment is designed to test how astronauts might someday grow plants in space to sustain long-term settlements.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
Arranged marriages and Western romantic practices have more in common than we might think.
In his book In Praise of Love (2009), the French communist philosopher Alain Badiou attacks the notion of 'risk-free love', which he sees written in the commercial language of dating services that promise their customers 'love, without falling in love'.
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