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7 Stellar Facts about Solar Eclipses

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What’s the earliest known record of a solar eclipse? How can the moon block out the sun so exactly? And when will the last total solar eclipse be on Earth?

Learn 7 Stellar Facts about Solar Eclipses with NOVA PBS. The video was created in preparation for the coast to coast total solar eclipse in 2017 (seen here), but the seven stellar facts remain evergreen.

Plus: What are those fantastical rays that peek out from the sun during these incredible events? From NASA:

“Our Sun, like many stars, is adorned with a crown. It’s called a corona (Latin for β€œcrown” or β€œwreath”) and consists of long, thread-like strands of plasma billowing out from the Sun’s surface. The powerful magnetic field of the Sun defines these strands, causing them to ripple and evolve their structures constantly. The strands are faint, however, so the only way to observe the corona with the naked eye is during a total solar eclipse.”


β€’Β NASA: What Is the Sun’s Corona?
β€’Β Mysteries of the Sun, a comprehensive pdf by NASA Heliophysics.

Watch these eclipse videos next:
β€’Β What are the different types of eclipses?
β€’Β Why did eclipses used to be terrifying?
β€’Β Eclipses Throughout Our Universe
β€’Β The 2017 Solar Eclipse from the shores of Palisades Reservoir, Idaho

Bonus: NASA’s Parker Solar Probe touches the sun, a first in history and A Decade of Sun: Ten years of SDO highlights.

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