Wednesday, August 31, 2016
On Sept. 1, the moon will pass in front of the sun, creating a brilliant ring of sunlight visible from areas around the southern Indian Ocean.
When the moon creates a ring of sunlight during an eclipse instead of completely blocking the solar disk, it's known as an annular eclipse or "ring of fire" eclipse. And although the Sept. 1 event won't be a total eclipse of the sun (or of the heart), it will still be a stunning sight leading up to another annular eclipse in February 2017 and the total solar eclipse in August 2017.
The best place to view the Sept. 1 annular eclipse will be southern Africa.
Have aliens from a distant planet contacted us? Despite the hype from some journalists, the answer is almost certainly no. In a post for the SETI Institute, astronomer Seth Shostak explains what we know about the alleged "signal" from a star system 94 light-years away: "The chance that this is truly a signal from extraterrestrials is not terribly promising, and the discoverers themselves apparently doubt that they’ve found ET. Nonetheless, one should check out all reasonable possibilities, given the importance of the subject."
Interesting article via SETI:http://www.seti.org/seti-institute/a-seti-signal