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Comments of the Week #173: From quantum uncertainty to Earth’s final total solar eclipse

20 Aug 2017, 12:00 UTC
Comments of the Week #173: From quantum uncertainty to Earth’s final total solar eclipse
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“It will shine still brighter when night is about you. May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.” ―Galadriel, LOTR, J.R.R. Tolkien
The scientific stories we’ve covered this week have been out-of-this-world here at Starts With A Bang! But the greatest show is still to come. Right now, I’m on my way down to the path of totality in Oregon, along with millions of others hoping to catch a glimpse and enjoy the experience of a sight unlike any others on Earth. When the sunlight goes completely out, some truly wonderful things will be revealed, and I hope to see them all! For everyone who’s joining me, across the path of totality, I wish you clear and cloud-free skies, and a fabulous viewing experience!
And now, onto the scientific stories we covered this past week:

Where does quantum uncertainty come from? (for Ask Ethan),
Five things you must not do during totality at the solar eclipse (my most-read article ever, for Mostly Mute Monday),
Will scientists ever discover life without a home planet?,
Why you can’t see the Moon during a total solar eclipse,
Voyager’s ‘cosmic map’ of Earth’s location is hopelessly ...

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