Spring Equinox News
Solar Eclipse Kicks Off a Day of Celestial Events
A total solar eclipse was visible in the Faroe Islands today, a dazzling display that kicked off a day of celestial events. People in the Faroe Islands, which are located in the North Atlantic, halfway between Iceland and Norway, had front-row seats to the eclipse, which occurred early Friday as
Secret Rooms, Passageways, Erotic Frescoes of the Vatican
The Day the Pope Elevates New Cardinals Is the Best Time to Visit the Vatican
Pictures of the Day: Toulouse Funerals, Pennsylvania Fire, Protest for Trayvon Martin
Ultra Orthodox Jewish mourners carry one of the bodies during the funeral of religious teacher Jonathan Sandler, and his children Gabriel 4, Arieh 5, and another girl Miriam Monsonego 7, victims of Toulouse school shooting, at the Givat Shaun cemetery in Jerusalem, March 21, 2012....
Today in Pictures: Las Fallas, Diamond Jubilee, and Illinois Primary
Riot police prepare to disperse protestors from the streets of the western village of Shahrakan, Bahrain, March 19, 2012. Clashes erupted after thousands of mourners participated in the politically charged funeral for Sabri Mahfoudh, 27, whose death the opposition and his family blame on the...
First Day of Spring Free Stuff
This year, the first day of spring, or the vernal equinox, arrives the earliest since the late 19th century. Space.com reports the season has not come this early since 1896. To celebrate the already unseasonably warm weather, here’s a list of free things to either cool...
Today in Pictures: Super Bowl, Pagan Fire Festival, Heavy Snow in Europe
A lion cub plays with a snowball at the Belgrade Zoo, Feb. 5, 2012. In Serbia, almost 70,000 people are still cut off from their villages and 32 municipalities have declared a state of emergency, mostly in the south and southwest of the country. (Alexa...
Summer Solstice: 4 Myths About the Sun's Ascension
From Chalchuapa, El Salvador, to Stonehenge in England, people are honoring the summer solstice today as the sun ascends to the highest point in the sky in the Northern Hemisphere. But misconceptions about the summer solstice are common , according to astronomer Larry Ciupik at the Adler
Beware the Ides of March, Dude!
A Soothsayer's Warning to Julius Caesar Overlooked Xena, Homer Simpson and George Clooney
Party or Protest? Fiery Night in Iran
Bonfires and Fireworks Light up Iran as Crowds Refuse to Abandon an Ancient Persian Ritual
Rename April Fools' Day for the French
Ah, the French. They've given us great literature, fine wine and April Fools' Day. Many anthropologists say April Fools' Day is a French tradition dating back to the 16th century, putting the day practical jokers run amok alongside berets, bidets and croissants as a French cultural contribution.