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Head to Australia This November to NOT See the Sun

Where: Australia
January 17, 2012 at 10:25 AM | by | ()

Many people flock Down Under to bask in the sun, but now Australia has become a destination to also soak up some shade. According to NASA, some parts of the earth will be able to view a total solar eclipse this November. November 13th to be exact. The majority of Australia will be able to view, at least, a partial eclipse of the largest star.

According to NASA's website dedicated to the planetary phenomenon, the northern half of Oz will be able to witness the moon blocking our view of the sun. To be even more specific, the tropical city of Cairns will be one of the places to be in November. The sun's ray will be blocked by the moon for about 60 seconds casting an eerie twilight on most of the region, given clear skies.

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See the Tool of Galileo's Trade in Philly Tomorrow

April 3, 2009 at 3:47 PM | by | ()

After 400 years, even the most ardent patriot might want to stretch his legs. That must be why after over 400 years in Italy, Galileo's beloved telescope is on the road for the first time and staying at Philadelphia's Franklin Institute.

"Galileo, The Medici and the Age of Astronomy" opens tomorrow with help from Florence's Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza and runs all summer. For the first two months, the Franklin is running special programs on the weekends, like "World's Cheapest Space Suit," a humorous look at how NASA's sausage is made, and an "Astrolabe Cart" to teach the children about devices slightly more dated than an Apple IIGS. The visiting telescope is one of only two which remain from Galileo's personal lab, and has never left Italy before this year.

Take Amtrak and you'll be just walking distance from the Franklin when you pull into 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. Tickets to the Franklin are $20.75 for adults, $19.75 for seniors and $14 for kids; find 14 other nerds and your tickets are just $14 each.

Related Stories:
· Galileo's telescope, here in Philadelphia [Philadelphia Inquirer]
· Galileo at the Franklin [FI.edu]
· Museums coverage [Jaunted]

[Photo: AP]