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Lights out: Eclipse to have big impact on California power

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Lights out: Eclipse to have big impact on California power

- SACRAMENTO, Calif. — When the moon passes in front of the sun during Monday's eclipse California will lose enough solar energy to power more than 1.5 million homes, a figure that underscores the state's growing reliance on energy from the sun. California has rapidly deployed renewable energy and now produces 40 percent of the nation's solar power. The eclipse presents an unusual challenge for those who manage the state's power grid because the solar energy will drop off and re-emerge more quickly than during usual conditions involving clouds or nightfall
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Lights out: Eclipse to have big impact on California power

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Lights out: Eclipse to have big impact on California power

- SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When the moon passes in front of the sun during Monday's eclipse California will lose enough solar energy to power more than 1.5 million homes, a figure that underscores the state's growing reliance on energy from the sun. California has rapidly deployed renewable energy and now produces 40 percent of the nation's solar power. The eclipse presents an unusual challenge for those who manage the state's power grid because the solar energy will drop off and re-emerge more quickly than during usual conditions involving clouds or nightfall
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Lights out: Eclipse to have big impact on California power

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Lights out: Eclipse to have big impact on California power

- SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When the moon passes in front of the sun during Monday’s eclipse California will lose enough solar energy to power more than 1.5 million homes, a figure that underscores the state’s growing reliance on energy from the sun. California has rapidly deployed renewable energy and now produces 40 percent of the nation’s solar power. The eclipse presents an unusual challenge for those who manage the state’s power grid because the solar energy will drop off and re-emerge more quickly than during usual conditions involving clouds or nightfall
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Who ate the sun? 5 variations on ancient solar eclipse myths

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Who ate the sun? 5 variations on ancient solar eclipse myths

- Over the course of history, the frightening and mesmerizing total eclipse of the sun has caused humans to invent myths, legends and superstitions about the event. Even today, an eclipse is considered a bad omen in many cultures. Here's a look at several stories that have been used to explain eclipses over the years. Most of our worries fall into just a few categories
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Do a little ‘Moondance,’ get down to the eclipse with our playlist

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Do a little ‘Moondance,’ get down to the eclipse with our playlist

- Considering the sun and the moon are two natural phenomenon we all share, there are plenty of songs written about both, as well as their convergence when eclipses roll around. And these days, everything needs a playlist, so here’s one take on the endless possibilities — 21 songs for the eclipse on the 21st. Jimmy Cliff, “Under the Sun, Moon and Stars” — Let’s get everything in one tune, sort of like Monday afternoon
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NASA, PBS marking 40 years since Voyager spacecraft launches

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NASA, PBS marking 40 years since Voyager spacecraft launches

- Forty years after blasting off, Earth's most distant ambassadors — the twin Voyager spacecraft — are carrying sounds and music of our planet ever deeper into the cosmos. Think of them as messages in bottles meant for anyone — or anything — out there. This Sunday marks the 40th anniversary of NASA's launch of Voyager 2, now almost 11 billion miles distant
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NASA, PBS marking 40 years since Voyager spacecraft launches

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NASA, PBS marking 40 years since Voyager spacecraft launches

- CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Forty years after blasting off, Earth’s most distant ambassadors — the twin Voyager spacecraft — are carrying sounds and music of our planet ever deeper into the cosmos. Think of them as messages in bottles meant for anyone — or anything — out there. This Sunday marks the 40th anniversary of NASA’s launch of Voyager 2, now almost 11 billion miles distant
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Why astronauts are eating Blue Bell instead of freeze-dried ice cream

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Why astronauts are eating Blue Bell instead of freeze-dried ice cream

- Updated 9:50 pm, Thursday, August 17, 2017 Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are now chowing down on Texas' favorite creamy dessert. The SpaceX Dragon capsule recently delivered 6,400 pounds of cargo for crew members, including lab equipment, supplies and 30 individual cups of Blue Bell ice cream. Astronauts have had the luxury of eating ice cream in the past, but room inside the ISS freezer has traditionally been precious real estate
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The Sun's Corona, A Fiery Halo, Is Still a Mystery to Scientists

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The Sun's Corona, A Fiery Halo, Is Still a Mystery to Scientists

- Paul Sutter is an astrophysicist at The Ohio State University and the chief scientist at COSI science center. Sutter leads science-themed tours around the world at AstroTouring.com. Sutter contributed this article to . There are many things we don't understand in this universe — and some of those things sit right in our own backyard. Not our literal backyard, of course, but in one case, at the very heart of our solar system: the sun itself
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Sun’aq wins grant to study invasive species’ effect on subsistence resources

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Sun’aq wins grant to study invasive species’ effect on subsistence resources

- What kind of threat do invasive crayfish in Alaska pose to subsistence resources? That’s a question the Sun’aq Tribe won a grant to study. The award was announced Tuesday. Tribal biologist Kelly Krueger said Sun’aq applied for a Tribal Wildlife grant through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about a year ago. Now, the group will get almost $200,000 in funds as part of a continued effort to study crayfish in the Buskin River watershed
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Spacewalking cosmonauts release 3-D-printed satellite

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Spacewalking cosmonauts release 3-D-printed satellite

- Spacewalking cosmonauts set free the world's first satellite made almost entirely with a 3-D printer on Thursday. In total, Russians Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergey Ryazanskiy ended up releasing five nanosatellites by hand. One by one, the tiny craft — no more than 1 to 2 feet in size — tumbled safely away from the International Space Station. The exterior casing of the first one tossed overboard was made with a 3-D printer
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Solar eclipse 2017: Watch satellites track moon's shadow across the U.S

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Solar eclipse 2017: Watch satellites track moon's shadow across the U.S

- Worried the weather won't cooperate to see the Great American Eclipse next week? NOAA said its new, high-tech weather satellite, GOES-16, will track the moon's shadow as it crosses the U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina on Aug. 21. NOAA said it would release the images as soon as they were available. NOAA released some guidelines on when images could be available
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Spacewalking cosmonauts release 3-D-printed satellite

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Spacewalking cosmonauts release 3-D-printed satellite

- (ABC News) — Spacewalking cosmonauts set free the world’s first satellite made almost entirely with a on Thursday. In total, Russians Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergey Ryazanskiy ended up releasing five nanosatellites by hand. One by one, the tiny craft — no more than 1 to 2 feet in size — tumbled safely away from the International Space Station. The exterior casing of the first one tossed overboard was made with a 3-D printer
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'Countdown' Podcast Episode 5: A Spacewalk From Hell

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'Countdown' Podcast Episode 5: A Spacewalk From Hell

- No astronauts ever wanted a mission more than Tom Stafford and Gene Cernan wanted Gemini 9 in the spring of 1966. And no astronauts ever wanted one less either. The mission itself was a first-rate assignment, one that included a rendezvous and docking with an Agena target vehicle as well as an extended spacewalk for Cernan. And it wouldn't be just any spacewalk ; Cernan would be wearing what amounted to an orbital jet pack, allowing him to zip around at the end of a long tether with a maneuverability no American astronaut or Soviet cosmonaut had ever enjoyed before
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Spacewalking cosmonauts release 3-D-printed satellite

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Spacewalking cosmonauts release 3-D-printed satellite

- CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking cosmonauts set free the world's first satellite made almost entirely with a 3-D printer on Thursday. In total, Russians Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergey Ryazanskiy ended up releasing five nanosatellites by hand. One by one, the tiny craft — no more than 1 to 2 feet in size — tumbled safely away from the International Space Station
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Eclipse historically brings doomsday omens for some

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Eclipse historically brings doomsday omens for some

- Related Coverage (ABC News) — The total solar eclipse on Aug. 21st. means nothing more than an extremely rare occurrence of the moon casting a shadow on Earth. But for decades, scientists say, people believed a total solar eclipse means doom. “It wasn’t just a threat on the sun or the moon though, it was a threat on the whole universe,” stated Dr
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Astronomy - United States

  • The science behind total solar eclipses: How exactly do they happen?
    The science behind total solar eclipses: How exactly do they happen?

    , cleveland.com

    The passing of the moon in front of the sun will cast a dark shadow on the Earth, but the science behind how total eclipses happen is much more complicated. First, let's talk orbit. If it wasn't for the moon's orbit tilted 5.15 degrees relative to Earth, a solar eclipse and lunar eclipse would occur every month. This is why sometimes during a new moon phase, the moon appears to pass either above or below the sun, and therefore the shadow misses Earth, according to space
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Solar System

  • Lights out: Eclipse to have big impact on California power
    Lights out: Eclipse to have big impact on California power

    , bostonherald.com

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — When the moon passes in front of the sun during Monday's eclipse California will lose enough solar energy to power more than 1.5 million homes, a figure that underscores the state's growing reliance on energy from the sun. California has rapidly deployed renewable energy and now produces 40 percent of the nation's solar power. The eclipse presents an unusual challenge for those who manage the state's power grid because the solar energy will drop off and re-emerge more quickly than during usual conditions involving clouds or nightfall
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Space

  • Why Plasma Is the Crown of the Solar Eclipse
    Why Plasma Is the Crown of the Solar Eclipse

    , space.com

    Vyacheslav Lukin is the program director for plasma physics and accelerator science at the U.S. National Science Foundation and an active researcher in the high-performance computational modeling of magnetized plasmas. His recent work has focused on the modeling of solar plasmas. Lukin contributed this article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. On Monday, Aug. 21, people in the United States will have the opportunity to turn their gaze skyward to see the moon eclipse the sun
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Planets

  • Cassini Probes Last Saturn Mysteries 1 Month from Demise
    Cassini Probes Last Saturn Mysteries 1 Month from Demise

    , space.com

    "It's very bittersweet," said Jo Pitesky, Cassini project science system engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. "But [Cassini's] doing what she was built for. She's going on to explore and to see the mission acquire great science and not go out with a whimper. … It's tremendously fulfilling." [Cassini's 'Grand Finale' at Saturn: NASA's Plan in Pictures] "Cassini will become the first Saturn atmospheric probe," Linda Spilker, Cassini project scientist at JPL, said in the same statement
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Space Stations

  • Google Street View tour of International Space Station is amazing
    Google Street View tour of International Space Station is amazing

    , al.com

    What will win the Internet today? If it isn't the new Google Street View tour of the International Space Station, we'll be surprised. The amazing tour was released today to celebrate the 48th anniversary of the first manned landing on the moon on July 20, 1969. Open the tour, explore the station and marvel what humans have built in space.
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Cosmonauts

  • Why astronauts are eating Blue Bell instead of freeze-dried ice cream
    Why astronauts are eating Blue Bell instead of freeze-dried ice cream

    , chron.com

    Updated 9:50 pm, Thursday, August 17, 2017 Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are now chowing down on Texas' favorite creamy dessert. The SpaceX Dragon capsule recently delivered 6,400 pounds of cargo for crew members, including lab equipment, supplies and 30 individual cups of Blue Bell ice cream. Astronauts have had the luxury of eating ice cream in the past, but room inside the ISS freezer has traditionally been precious real estate
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International Space Station

  • SpaceX launches successful 12th International Space Station resupply mission
    SpaceX launches successful 12th International Space Station resupply mission

    , dailynews.com

    Hundreds of global scientific experiments blasted off Monday from Kennedy Space Center on the nose of a Falcon 9 rocket built by Hawthorne-based SpaceX. The launch at 9:31 a.m. PDT was Space Exploration Technologies Corp.’s 12th International Space Station resupply mission for NASA, and its third this year. The first-stage rocket booster returned to Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station minutes after liftoff
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