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Rare annular solar eclipse leaves ‘ring of fire’ above parts of Africa, Middle East, Asia

Rare annular solar eclipse leaves ‘ring of fire’ above parts of Africa, Middle East, Asia

World
June 21 (UPI) -- A rare "ring of fire" solar eclipse was visible across parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia on Sunday. The annular eclipse, the first of two solar eclipses set to take place in 2020, produced a visible orange ring of sunlight around the Moon, viewable in a narrow portion of the globe. Advertisement An annular eclipse occurs when the Moon is farthest from the Earth, according to NASA. "Though the Moon orbits Earth about once a month, its orbit is tilted by five degrees, so the perfect alignment that creates an eclipse is relatively rare," said NASA. "Often the Moon is too high or too low in our sky to block out the sun." Northern India experienced a near-full solar eclipse with 99.4 percent of the Sun blocked at the peak of the event. Some portions of Europe and the ...
Solar Orbiter: Europe’s Sun mission makes first close pass

Solar Orbiter: Europe’s Sun mission makes first close pass

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device Europe's Solar Orbiter (SolO) probe makes its first close pass of the Sun on Monday, tracking by at a distance of just over 77 million km.SolO was launched in February and is on a mission to understand what drives our star's dynamic behaviour.The close pass, known as a perihelion, puts the probe between the orbits of Venus and Mercury.In the coming years, SolO will go nearer still, closing to within 43 million km of the Sun on occasions.As it stands today, only five other missions have dived deeper into the inner Solar System: Mariner 10, Helios 1 & 2, Messenger, and Parker Solar Probe.Earth orbits 149 million km (93 million miles) on average from the Sun.SolO is a European Space Agency (Esa) cr...
Reports: Panasonic, Tesla to scrap solar panels partnership

Reports: Panasonic, Tesla to scrap solar panels partnership

Technology
Japanese electronics maker Panasonic has declined to comment on reports it is planning to end its partnership with Tesla to produce solar panels at a factory in New York stateByThe Associated PressFebruary 26, 2020, 7:03 AM2 min readTOKYO -- Japanese electronics maker Panasonic declined to comment on reports Wednesday that it is planning to end its partnership with Tesla to produce solar panels at a factory in New York state. The Japanese business daily Nikkei and other media reported, citing unnamed sources, that Panasonic is preparing to withdraw from the solar cell partnership, though it would continue making batteries for Tesla's electric vehicles. The company refused comment, and Tesla did not immediately respond to queries requesting comment. The two companies' agreement to work ...
Stocks making the biggest moves after hours: First Solar, Dropbox, Fitbit and more

Stocks making the biggest moves after hours: First Solar, Dropbox, Fitbit and more

Finance
A contractor for First Solar Inc. works on construction of the Tenaska Imperial Solar Energy Center South project in Imperial County, California.Sam Hodgson | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesCheck out the companies making headlines after the bell:Dropbox — Shares of the data services company soared 13% during extended trading after the company announced strong fourth-quarter financial results. The company beat earnings expectations during the quarter by 3 cents per share and the $ 446 million in revenue exceeded the $ 443 million that analysts expected, according to Refinitiv. During the surge, shares briefly exceeded $ 21 per share, the price at which it sold shares in its initial public offering.Fitbit — Shares of the wearable health device company dropped 1% during extended trading after the co
Scientists say solar system affects Earth’s carbon cycle

Scientists say solar system affects Earth’s carbon cycle

Science
Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Scientists have discovered evidence that Earth's carbon cycle and global climate is influenced by periodic changes in the shape of Earth's path around the sun. According to a new study, published this week in the journal PNAS, scientists found the evidence hiding in ancient layers of mudstone. Chemical analysis of the ancient mudstone revealed links between past orbital changes and two major extinction events, the Triassic-Jurassic mass extinction event, around 201 million years ago, and the Toarcian extinction event, or Toarcian turnover, around 183 million years ago. "Our work shows that for the 18 million years or so in between the Triassic-Jurassic mass extinction and the Toarcian oceanic anoxic event, Earth's global carbon cycle was in a constant state of change," M...