8/26/17

Many people stopped to watch the moon block the sun on Monday, Aug. 21 through special glasses or homemade contraptions. Many of those same people are sick of hearing about the total eclipse. But, here is a interesting fact about solar eclipses:

“Total solar eclipses won’t be around forever

There will be no more total solar eclipses in about 600 million years, scientists say. Because of the moon’s slowly increasing orbit, NASA believes the moon will have moved far enough away from Earth in that timeframe that it will no longer be big enough to entirely cover the sun. “It will be too small in the sky,” said Dr. C. Alex Young, the associate director for science in the heliophysics science division at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. The moon’s orbit is increasing by about 1.5 inches each year, Young added. The sun is also expected to expand slightly in the future but NASA has not yet seen a noticeable change, Young said. Partial eclipses will still exist in 600 million years.”

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8/20/17

Publick Occurrences, Both Foreign and Domestick, the first newspaper published in America, was printed by Richard Pierce and edited by Benjamin Harris in Boston on September 25, 1690. It contained three printed pages and one blank. The pages were about 6 x 10 inches in size in a folded sheet of paper. . . . Ultimately, the first newspaper published in America became the first to be suppressed by the authorities.”

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8/12/17

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“Monica’s apartment changed from number 5 to number 20 when the show’s writers realised that “5” wouldn’t denote an apartment on an upper level floor in a large block. So they matched, Chandler’s also changed from 4 to 19.”

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7/29/17

The book character, Harry Potter, will celebrate his 37th birthday July 31, 2017 (he was born in 1980).

The producers tried to give Daniel Radcliffe green eyes and Hermione buck teeth like in the books, but failed. Sadly, Daniel had a terrible allergic reaction to his green contact lenses and had to stop wearing them, while Emma Watson couldn’t speak clearly wearing her false buck teeth.”

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7/1/17

Happy Independence Day, America! 🇺🇸

“Three US presidents have died on July 4 — John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe. In a bizarre twist of fate, Adams and Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826, the fiftieth anniversary of the country they helped found.”

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6/25/17

“Although the concept of electronic publishing had existed for several decades, it wasn’t until the summer of 1998 that specific devices for reading e-books, as well as e-books themselves, became available at the retail level.”

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