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  1. #1 MadScientist
    January 10, 2010

    I find the story on the eclipse (and iron in the sun’s chromosphere) a bit odd. Way back when I worked at a solar observatory we enjoyed seeing eclipses, but the real science for the most part was done right at the observatory – just press a button to select an occulting cone with the best dimensions and you get an instant eclipse. Short story: making photos like the one in the link by dragging equipment into the field to view a solar eclipse is the hard way of doing things. Of course there are genuine scientific reasons for seeing an eclipse – that’s whenever you need to measure something which cannot be measured by whacking in an occulting cone. Gee, we even imaged iron (green filter) but most of the time we only imaged hydrogen (red filter). That was so long ago I can’t even remember if the green was a neutral iron atom or a particular ion. What I’d like to see is a radiotelescope image of the sun (any band will do) using one of the world’s large telescopes – ~60 to 75m. 🙂

  2. #2 skeptifem
    January 10, 2010

    Thanks for the linkage, greg. It made my day!

    I always catch some really funky grammar/spelling problem right after I get linked to, and am never home to fix it. argh!

  3. #3 becca, TMBG fan
    January 10, 2010

    What’s up with linking to such obviously fallacious articles?
    We all know the sun is an enormous miasma of incandescent plasma and is not, in fact, made of gas at all.

  4. #4 r4i software
    January 11, 2010

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  5. #5 Isabel
    January 11, 2010

    I always catch some really funky grammar/spelling problem right after I get linked to, and am never home to fix it. argh!

    Posted by: skeptifem | January 10, 2010 4:01 AM

    A bigger problem is the light type on black background on your site. It is impossible to read for more than a minute or so and even that period feels uncomfortable for many people.

  6. #6 skeptifem
    January 12, 2010

    I chose the font to keep old people from reading it.

    Haha, j/k. I always thought that kind of coloring was easier to read? hm. maybe I will re-do it. I wasn’t attached to the look or anything.

  7. #7 Isabel
    January 12, 2010

    Haha, you are probably right – it has gotten worse with age; but I know that combo has been painful for me on a backlit screen (on the printed page it’s okay) since I first started using computers – and I was pretty young then. I’ve heard others complain -I would suspect a certain minority of all ages finds it more tiring when there is a lot of text to read.