All gazed in wonder as an eerie silence descended on the Siberian city and gusts of unusually strong wind tore through the crowd of skywatchers.
Birds stopped chirping and the temperature suddenly dropped, a Reuters TV reporter there said. Many in the Oslo crowd, which included many families with small children, tried photographing the eclipse, some with their mobile phones pressed against their eclipse sunglasses.
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Chinese astronomers in the state of Lu, the present-day Shandong, carefully recorded solar eclipses that can be dated as far back as BCE. Superstitious Chinese courtiers and peasants once banged drums to scare away the dragon they thought was eating the Sun.
These days, while people still find their lives can be touched by eclipses, the modern view is a little more philosophical. The next total solar eclipse will occur on 22 July and cast a shadow across areas of India, China, Japan and Indonesia.
This eclipse will be more than twice as long as the one today, as the Moon will be closer to Earth in its orbit. That will make the Moon appear slightly bigger in the sky, obscuring the Sun for longer. And Watkins, who as a student helped design an instrument that could detect impact flashes, notes a NASA group dedicated to monitoring lunar flashes detected roughly impacts over four years. Plus, images snapped by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter LRO —which has been looping around the moon for nearly a decade—suggest new impact craters emerge all the time, with fresh ones appearing over seven years.
And if, by the end of its mission, the LRO still has not spotted the crater, the team might send it on over to snap a photo anyway.
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