Archive for the ‘Fun’ Category

The Real Sun Stopper

23 July, 2009

Nothing stops the Sun like this…

Shanghai in the dark

20 July, 2009

Shanghai in the dark

No, no. It’s not the total solar eclipse yet. Just Shanghai by night.

But it’s less than 24 hours away!

Legends of the Eclipse — Japan

20 July, 2009

All good epics come in a trilogy. We had action, love and now, the most timeless of the classical themes, drama.

Nothing plunges your world into total darkness like a spat between siblings.

Show me the eclipse!

20 July, 2009

Wanna see an eclipse? Show me the money.

The 11 August 1999 solar eclipse that fell across Europe left such an impression on the people of Romania, they decided to print it on their money, the Romanian Leu.

How cool is that?

Romanian Leu (Obverse)

Romanian Leu (Reverse)

Weather up in Shanghai is a little hazy. Hope it clears up in time for a glorious eclipse on Wednesday morning.

That’s just 2 more days left!

Legends of the Eclipse — Tahiti

19 July, 2009

Legends of eclipses are filled with tales of creatures of all manners eating the Sun. Or deities fighting one another. Or biting the Sun. Or stealing the Sun. Or…

Tsk, tsk. So much violence. They should take the example of Tahiti. On this Pacific Island paradise, the legends of the eclipse take on a different direction. Nudge nudge wink wink that’s all we’re gonna say.

Love at first eclipse

18 July, 2009

What happens when the Sun meets the Moon? “Eclipse” you say?

Watch and find out…

Legends of the Eclipse — Egypt

16 July, 2009

We like mythology, and here’s our take on the Egyptian legend of the battle between Apep and Ra. Sure, it’s not Lord of the Rings, but it’s got conflict, fight scenes and an ending with a twist. (And you don’t have to wait 4 hours to go use the toilet.)

The Sun and Manhattenhenge

14 July, 2009

We saw this in the news recently — Manhattanhenge.

Photo: Shawn Hawk (From FlickrBlog)It’s a biannual occurrence in which the setting Sun aligns with the east-west streets of Manhattan’s famous grid.

(The term hails from Stonehenge, at which the Sun aligns with the stones of the famous monument on the Salisbury plains on the solstices, signalling the change of the season.)

This phenomenon applies to the streets that are laid out at a grid offset 28.9 degrees from true east-west (following the Commissioner’s Plan of 1811.)

The term was coined by Neil deGrasse Tyson in 2002. Tyson is an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History (one of the best natural history museums in the world, really, especially if you love dinosaurs).

His article on the matter can be read here.

Manhattanhenge 2009 occurred just — on Sunday, July 12. (Darn, we weren’t in Manhattan to catch it.)

The earlier one was on Saturday, May 30. (There are corresponding sunrise dates as well, if you’re the morning person sort.) As with the solstices and equinoxes, the dates will vary from year to year.

Sweet phenomenon. (Still, we must stop the Sun on 22 July.)

My Clay Universe

14 July, 2009

When you are a Sun Stopper, the universe is like putty in your hands.

Eclipse coming. Be prepared.

11 July, 2009

Strange things can happen during an eclipse. Better be prepared.