Football and Astronomy

Football and Astronomy

As the NFL season gets into gear (Go Bills!) it's time to mention football's deep connections with astronomy. The 1927 Broadway musical Good News, which gave us the popular song "The Moon Belongs To Everyone", is about the division in college life between sports and...

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Edison’s “Tasimeter” and the Eclipse of 1878

Edison’s “Tasimeter” and the Eclipse of 1878

On July 29, 1878, Thomas Edison observed the total eclipse of the Sun as part of Henry Draper's Expedition to Rawlins, Wyoming Territory. (Although this year's total eclipse will pass through Wyoming, the City of Rawlins will be some distance south of the total path this time.) Edison was there to test a new invention that could detect infrared light and estimate the temperature of objects remotely, and he planned to try and estimate the heat of the Sun's corona while the solar photosphere was blocked by the Moon.
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