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On Sunday, 2010 July 11, a total eclipse of the Sun is visible from within a narrow corridor that traverses Earth's southern Hemisphere. The path of the Moon's umbral shadow crosses the South Pacific Ocean where it makes no landfall except for Mangaia (Cook Islands) and Easter Island (Isla de Pascua). The path of totality ends just after reaching southern Chile and Argentina. The Moon's penumbral shadow produces a partial eclipse visible from a much larger region covering the South Pacific and southern South America. More from NASA.
The French World Cup Soccer coach received a lot of criticism for admitting that astrology has had an influence on his decisions. Read more here and here.
The holy month of Ramadan will start on August 11 this year, a UAE astronomer has calculated. The Ramadan moon will be visible on August 10, making the next day the first day of the month of fasting, said Ibrahim al Jarwan, astronomy researcher and supervisor of the Sharjah Planetarium. Read article. If you are interested in how Ramadan is calculated (and some of the controversy around how that calculation is done), click here for a PDF articleThe Astronomical Calculations and Ramadan by Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Shah.
Saturn is living up to its reputation as the great teacher. "Astronomers have been able to use the Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft to track what are believed to be half-mile wide moons embedded in the planet's outermost dense ring, known as the A ring." This is helping them understand how our solar systems was formed. Read article.
An interesting article is on the Philosophy of Science portal: "'Astronomy' or 'Astrology': A brief history of an apparent confusion" by A.Losev. "The modern usage of the words astronomy and astrology is traced back to distinctions, largely ignored in recent scholarship. Three interpretations of celestial phenomena (in a geometrical, a substantialist and a prognostic form) coexisted during the Hellenistic period. From Plato to Isidore of Seville, semantic changes are evidenced and their later development is sketched.