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Solar Eclipse 2017 in Carbondale: Space.com is at the Crossroads

Space.com's Tariq Malik hits the road to Carbondale with Live Science's Denise Chow to cover the celestial event of the year, if not the century.

Solar Eclipse 2017 in Idaho: Totality From Rexburg

Space.com's Calla Cofield is headed to Rexburg, Idaho to witness the total solar eclipse in a small town.

How to View a Solar Eclipse Without Damaging Your Eyes

Here are guidelines for watching the Aug. 21, 2017 total solar eclipse, including when it is safe to remove your eclipse glasses.

How Long Will the 2017 Solar Eclipse Last? Depends Where You Are

The total phase of the solar eclipse of Aug. 21 will last a maximum of 2 minutes and 40 seconds for observers on the ground. Here's how long it will last at various points along the totality path — and why total solar eclipses are so brief.

Get Ready for Major Traffic Jams During the 2017 Solar Eclipse

Millions of Americans are expected to travel to see the total solar eclipse that will cross the continental U.S. on Aug. 21, 2017. The event could create one of the worst traffic days in the nation’s history.

Total Solar Eclipse Could Cost US Nearly $700 Million in Lost Productivity

The total solar eclipse of 2017 could cost U.S. companies nearly $700 million in lost productivity on Monday when workers pause to watch the moon block the sun.

Total Solar Eclipse Aug. 21, 2017: Live Webcasts from NASA & More

NASA will follow the total solar eclipse live Aug. 21 as it crosses the United States from ground, aircraft, balloon and spacecraft, beginning at 12 p.m. EDT .

Bonnie Tyler Will Sing 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' During the Actual Total Solar Eclipse

Total eclipse of the heart, meet a total eclipse of the sun: Bonnie Tyler's iconic hit from the 80s is about to be in the right place at the right cosmic time.

Music for a Solar Eclipse: Kronos Quartet Will Serenade the Event in Real Time

The Aug. 21 total solar eclipse will have musical accompaniment at the Exploratorium science museum in San Francisco, featuring the acclaimed Kronos Quartet.

50 Years of Solar Eclipses from Space In Astronaut Photos

See amazing photos of solar eclipses from space as seen by astronauts and cosmonauts over the last 50 years.

Turn Your Smartphone into an Eclipse Tool Kit with Essential Apps

With the right apps installed, your smartphone or tablet can be a powerful tool for planning and enjoying the Great American Solar Eclipse.

How Astronomers Use Eclipses to Discover Alien Worlds

Imagine you attached keen instruments to a telescope and you rocketed a few light-years away from the solar system. And instead of observing the sun-moon eclipse, you stared at the sun as the Earth meandered in its orbit.

Solar Eclipse 2017 in Carbondale: Space.com Is at the Crossroads

Space.com's Tariq Malik hits the road to Carbondale with Live Science's Denise Chow to cover the celestial event of the year, if not the century.

Cassini-Huygens: Exploring Saturn's System

The mission is still sending back data and fueling new discoveries — for a few more months, until it plunges into the ringed planet.

Here's a Weather Update for Solar Eclipse Day

With eclipse day fast approaching, many are obviously concerned about how the weather will impact their viewing. Here's how it's looking for locations all along the path.

Space.com Remembers Bruno Gulotta, Friend and Colleague Killed in Barcelona Attack

Bruno Gulotta, 35, an employee of Tom's Hardware Italy, owned by Space.com parent company Purch, was on holiday in Barcelona, Spain, when he was struck and killed by a van that also took the lives of 13 others and injured more than 100.

Voyager at 40: 40 Photos from NASA's Epic 'Grand Tour' Mission

NASA's epic Voyager mission began on Aug. 20, 1977, with the launch of the Voyager 2 probe. Space.com has selected 40 great Voyager photos to celebrate the mission's 40th anniversary.

See Hurricane Gert from Space in NOAA Satellite Video

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's GOES-East satellite captured imagery of the storm from Aug. 13-16.

How a Space.com Columnist Convinced an Airline to Chase the Eclipse

This is a story about how you can sometimes move mountains — or, in this case, airplanes — with a simple suggestion.

Image of the Day

A photographer for the European Southern Observatory captured this view of a partial lunar eclipse as the moon rose over Munich, Germany on the evening of Aug. 7. During a partial lunar eclipse, Earth casts a shadow on the moon that appears reddish-brown.

Going to See the Solar Eclipse? Share Your Story with Space.com!

The Great American Solar Eclipse promises to be the celestial event of the century and the Space.com team is super-excited. But what about you? Share your solar eclipse plans, hopes, expectations and results with us!

Webcast Replay: Liftoff! Atlas V Rocket Launches NASA TDRS-M Satellite

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket will launch NASA's TDRS-M communications satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

NASA Launches New Satellite to Beam Back Data from Hubble Telescope, Space Station

NASA has launched another next-generation communications satellite to help beam data from the Hubble Space Telescope, the International Space Station and other orbiting spacecraft down to Earth.

Here's a Timeline of When the 2017 Solar Eclipse Begins and Ends

The Great American Solar Eclipse arrives on Aug. 21, 2017. Here’s a timeline of where the eclipse will be visible throughout the day.

Slooh Will Livestream Solar Eclipse on Largest Spanish-Language TV Network

Slooh will simultaneously stream a Spanish-language program on the network Univision during its English broadcast for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse.

Notes from Mars 160: Return to Earth

Mars 160 crewmember Paul Knightly is chronicling life and science on The Mars Society's Twin Desert-Arctic Analog simulation. Here's his fifth and final post from the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station, in the Canadian arctic.

How Eclipses Drove 2,000 Years of Math: A Q&A With Stephen Wolfram

One of the biggest names in mathematical computing has built a new tool to help skywatchers prepare for the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21, and penned a deep dive into how eclipses have driven mathematics.

Watch Live Monday! Slooh's Transcontinental Total Solar Eclipse Webcast @ 11:30 am ET

Starting at 11:30 a.m. EDT Aug. 21, the astronomy broadcasting service Slooh will livestream the total solar eclipse crossing the continental United States coast to coast.

Antares: Red Star at the End of Its Life

Antares is a red supergiant that one day will explode into a supernova.

Russian Cosmonauts on Spacewalk Deploy Nanosatellites to Honor Sputnik

Two cosmonauts stepped outside the International Space Station for a seven-hour spacewalk on Thursday , in part to deploy three small satellites in tribute to the dawn of the space age 60 years ago.

Watch Live Monday! Transcontinental Total Solar Eclipse Webcast by Slooh @ 8 pm ET

Starting at 11:30 a.m. EDT Aug. 21, the astronomy broadcasting service Slooh will livestream the total solar eclipse crossing the continental United States coast to coast.

Best Astronomy and Astrophysics Books

Space.com's editors present a list of the astrophysics and astronomy books worth a read-through.

Clouds on 'Failed Stars' Resemble Those on Neptune

For the first time, scientists have seen bands of clouds drifting across the skies of failed stars known as brown dwarfs.

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

There's a lot we don't know about the sun — including how its outer atmosphere gets so hot.

The Blind Can Experience the Eclipse with This Cool Sensory App and Braille Book

A new multisensory app and tactile guide help blind and visually impaired communities experience the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21.

Astronomers Map Atmosphere of Dying Supergiant Antares

One day, our sun will grow so large that it will swallow Earth. To understand that future stage, scientists must look beyond the solar system to study the full evolutionary cycles of stars.

Solar Eclipse Paintings On View in New Princeton Exhibit

A new exhibit at the Princeton University Art Museum was inspired by an extraordinary artist who harnessed both scientific knowledge and artistic practicality to produce enchanting paintings of solar eclipses.

Why Plasma Is the Crown of the Solar Eclipse

The wisps of light emanating from the solar disk during this year's total eclipse are plumes of hot, charged gas called plasma from the sun's corona. And plasma physicists are ecstatic at the chance to study this fourth state of matter.

Watch Live Thursday: Russian Cosmonauts Take a Spacewalk

Russian cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin, who commands the Expeditionn 52 mission, and Sergey Ryazanski, a flight engineer, are taking a six-hour spacewalk today.

Perseid Meteor Shower Wows Stargazer with 'One-in-a-Million' Fireball

When the Perseid meteor shower peaked over the weekend, no one was expecting an amazing show. After all, the August moon had just passed its full phase and threatened to outshine all but the brightest Perseid fireballs.

US Air Force Prepping Mysterious X-37B Space Plane for September Launch

The United States Air Force's X-37B program is readying its next robotic mini-shuttle for a planned September launch, this time atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Solar Eclipse Science: 'Sun Moon Earth' Author Explains the Natural Phenomenon

Throughout history, solar eclipses have transformed from terrifying omens into the subject of scientific study, inspiring eclipse chasers to travel the world to witness the natural phenomenon.

Your Soundtrack to the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

With more than 4 hours of music, your ears can enjoy the eclipse for the same amount of time that the moon’s shadow spends crossing the U.S.

Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Here Are the Best Live-Video Streams to Watch

Experience 2017's total solar eclipse virtually: Come Aug. 21, people outside the eclipse path, under cloudy skies or hoping to stay indoors have plenty of options to watch the celestial event live.

These Filmmakers Are Shooting a Western During the Solar Eclipse

A new Western-themed movie short will take place live during the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, giving a whole new meaning to "riding into the sunset."

Cassini Saturn Probe Preps for Last Hurrah

On Monday , NASA's Cassini spacecraft made the first of five passes through Saturn's upper atmosphere, kicking off the last phase of the mission's "Grand Finale." The probe will end its life with a plunge into Saturn's atmosphere on Sept. 15.

Watch Live Thursday: NASA TDRS-M Satellite Press Conference at 9 am ET

NASA will hold a press conference Thursday at 9 a.m. EDT to preview the planned Friday, Aug. 18, launch of the new Tracking and Data Relay Satellite TDRS-M. Liftoff is set for Friday at 8:03 a.m. EDT .

Total View: A Brief History of Solar Eclipses Seen From Space

Don Pettit has never looked up to see a total eclipse. Twice though, he's looked down. As an International Space Station crew member, Pettit is one of the few astronauts to not only view a total solar eclipse from space but see the moon's shadow on Earth.

How Solar Eclipses and Tides Proved the Earth Is Slowing Down

In the 1690s, astronomer Edmund Halley had a problem.

'Jellyfish' Galaxies Reveal Feeding Habits of Monster Black Holes

Rare "jellyfish" galaxies may reveal how the largest black holes feed.