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How to photograph the eclipse, according to NASA | Popular Science

“It’s hard to think of anyone as excited about the upcoming North American total solar eclipse as NASA. From citizen research projects to hosted events within the path of totality, the agency is ready to make the most of next week’s cosmic event — and they want to help you enjoy it, too. Earlier last month, NASA offered a series of tips on how to safely and effectively photograph the eclipse come April 8. Certain precautions are a must, but with a little bit of planning, you should be able to capture some great images of the moon’s journey across the sun, as well as its effects on everything beneath it.”

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Solar eclipses were once extremely terrifying events, experts say | Mashable

“‘Then there were a tumult and disorder. All were disquieted, unnerved, frightened. There was weeping. The common folk raised a cry, lifting their voices, making a great din, calling out, shrieking. There was shouting everywhere.’ These are translations from the early ethnographer Fray Bernardino de Sahagún, a friar who meticulously recorded Aztec culture and history in the 1500s. … For many peoples, a total solar eclipse was profoundly terrifying because they believed in an animate universe where earthly or cosmic happenings were divine communication (these common worldviews existed in places like ancient China, India, Mesoamerica, the Mediterranean, and beyond).”

Solar eclipse glasses and viewers: what you need to know | PCMag

“To view this event safely, you will need a pair of eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer (typically a 3-inch-by-5-inch card with a lone, long slit, covered with solar filter material, to look through with both eyes). Safe eclipse viewers are made with solar filters that conform to a worldwide safety standard known as ISO 12312-2, and to meet it, manufacturers must demonstrate that their products meet this standard through testing at accredited labs. … One thing NASA stresses is to never use regular sunglasses to view the sun; eclipse glasses are thousands of times darker.”

Sony LinkBuds - It’s time to part with your old Aux headphones [Partner]

It’s hard to believe there was ever a time when we dealt with background noise and muffled audio from fidgety Aux connections. Sony’s LinkBuds are basically the exact opposite of that. For one, they’re Bluetooth. Second, they fit in your ear and use AI tech and adaptive sound control to block out ambient noises and bring you 20+ hours of listening on a single charge. Third, they’re open-box returns, which means they’ve traveled around store shelves and warehouses, but the earbuds themselves are still in new condition. No, they can’t plug into your walkman like those foam on-ear headphones of yore, but let’s be honest, that’s probably for the better. [Ad]

Why doomsayers think the eclipse will bring disaster to Illinois | Atlas Obscura

“The end of the world will occur in Carbondale, Illinois. … If the paths from both the 2017 and 2024 total solar eclipses were laid on top of each other, the two trajectories would form an X over the country. Carbondale sits right at the center of that X, one of the very few lucky places to see a total eclipse twice in seven years. … The likelihood that you could experience two total solar eclipses in one place in the space of seven years is minuscule. The chances are so low that some believe something special is going on in Carbondale. In particular, conspiracy theorists believe that a seismic event will be triggered when the eclipse arrives in this part of the state, known as Little Egypt, killing hundreds of thousands of people.”

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