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August 22 2014 Astronomy Newsletter

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Einstein's Eclipse
While World War I was tearing Europe apart in 1915, a German physicist presented a theory that would shake up the way we see the Universe. The physicist was Albert Einstein, his face still unknown to the world, his name not yet a synonym for genius. How did a solar eclipse in 1919 change all that?

*Solar eclipse and helium*

On August 18, 1868 a solar eclipse helped lead the way to the discovery of helium. Helium was discovered on the Sun before it was found on Earth. The spectrum of an unknown substance observed during a solar eclipse led to its being named “helium” from the Greek word for Sun, helios.

*Neil Armstrong*

The first man on the Moon died two years ago, August 25, 2012. This photo was one of the tributes to him:

*So how big is Comet Cherymov-Geramisenko?*

Compared to a planet or moon, the comet is pretty small. But what if it were compared to a city? Chilling.

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