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Web Roundup/Eclipsin' the night away.

Just a couple of links I found in my trawling of the intertubeoblagosphere which I'd like to pass along to you now.

Dylan Hears A Who!

No, this isn't real. Yes, it ALMOST could be. Basically, you've got early 1960s era Bob Dylan, and you've got Dr. Seuss, and never the twain shall meet, right? WRONG. The folks at this site put them together, and the results are quite simply astounding. (From this post over at Hit and Run)

Next we have, quite possibly, one of the coolest video clips you'll ever see. It's a transit of the moon across the sun. Big deal, right, we have them all the time. We call them solar eclipses. WRONG. On Earth, due to their relative distances, the moon and sun appear to be almost the same size, which is why a solar eclipse causes all but the fringe of the sun to be blocked. But from SPACE, from a million miles away from earth, the moon looks MUCH smaller as it crosses the sun. And the results captured by the STEREO-B spacecraft are, well, absolutely breathtaking.
(Originally posted at Bad Astronomy)

I hope you all caught our TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE tonight. I stood outside my dorm for quite a while watching until the umbra totally covered the moon. I was amazed at how many passers-by were completely unaware of the slowly-darkening moon hanging over their heads. I made it a point to look the people walking past me directly in the eye and slowly bring my gaze back to the moon in the hopes of getting them to stop and NOTICE the cool thing taking place. I was successful perhaps 1/4-1/3 of the time.*

*In the interest of full disclosure, I almost forgot about the eclipse myself and probably would not have seen as much of it as I did if my first plan for the evening (seeing a screening of The Departed, which I missed during its theatrical run) went as planned. As it was, that screening was sold out, and I came back home in time to be reminded of the eclipse

Comments

I really wished I could have seen that lunar eclipse...the last one I saw was about 13-14 years ago... =/
Yeah man, you missed out. The moon looked very dark red. As has been written a few times, there isn't much of scientific use coming from lunar eclipses these days. However, I still find it completely fascinating, and it helps me think about the Earth, the Sun, the moon, and all of those 'objects in space.'
I wonder if any kind of gravitational lensing occurs during a lunar eclipse?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravitational_lensing

on that note, read about it, its a pretty cool effect =)