Category: A Day in the Life

  • Consensus

    Consensus

    In his recent newsletter, The Buzz, Peter Mansbridge noted: There’s an old saying about byelections that goes something like this: “Byelections are fire on ice”.  I always thought it was an old Winston Churchill line…

  • Accountability

    Accountability

    I recently received an email congratulating me on what seemed a somewhat dubious milestone of 15 clicks from Google Search in the past 28 days. Imagine the fanfare for such a modest achievement! Most of…

  • The Diamond Ring Effect

    The Diamond Ring Effect

    The effect is named after the shape and sparkle emitted as the moon covers the sun: The diamond ring effects are seen when only one or two beads are left, appearing as shining “diamonds” set…

  • Baily’s Beads

    Baily’s Beads

    As the moon approaches total coverage of the sun, the last rays of light shine exhibit a “beading” effect: As the Moon covers the Sun during a solar eclipse, the rugged topography of the lunar limb allows beads of sunlight to shine through…

  • Solar Prominences

    Solar Prominences

    Another factor that made this eclipse special was it occurred around the time of the solar maximum The eclipse occurred around the solar maximum, a period of greatest solar activity in the Sun’s 11-year solar cycle, and…