completely covered

anonymous asked:

Assalamualaikum brother! I have this one friend, who just confessed to me that she's gay. I definitely did not expect this at all as she's the type to completely cover her aurah and never missed a prayer before. I wanted to help her change by giving her advices but she stated that she didnt even to change because she thinks that boys are disgusting. Now, i completely don't know what to say to her. I wanted to advice but i'm not sure how without sounding rude or offending her..

Walaikum Salam,

I understand its a difficult situation, and sometimes it isn’t something that you can expect a person to change their feelings on.

What we must do is understand that homosexuality is forbidden in islam. Having homosexual feelings aren’t haram, but carrying out the sin is… and although your friend may have these feelings, as long as she does not commit the sins for the sake of pleasing Allah, you never know… she may have a higher rank than us in Jannah. She may choose to live a life of celibacy, and be closer to God, than to commit the sins.

She may be going through a really difficult struggle and you must be careful not to force her away from Islam by thinking that she “isn’t muslim” for having those feelings. Be there for her and support her when she needs it.

May Allah protect us from carrying out any sinful desires.

Please don't leave; Jeno.

Request: “A jeno version of the “Sleeping pills” scenario exept it is cutting not pills and if you are not comfortable with writing for jeno (i mean his age) then maybe yuta?”

Genre: Angst.

Trigger Warning: Talks about self harming and suicide. Also,

A/N: Today I didn’t went to school and spent the whole morning doing this. :’) That, and listening to Michael Bublé.Also, 


“Y/N? Are.. are you alright?” Jeno’s worried voice took you out of your thoughts and made you panic instead, but there wasn’t anything you could do. “I-I’ll enter, okay, Y/N?”

You stayed still and in complete silence, covering the injury in your wrist with your dominant hand, tears falling through your cheeks as you lowered your head, not wanting to even look at Jeno in the eyes while being like this, so broken, so lost. Once he entered, without expectations of what he would find on the small bathroom, he stayed motionless staring at the whole image for the first seconds, his brain processing the situation and his facial expressions showing clearly how shocked he was by it. Despite his shock, Jeno acted pretty fast. He grabbed a small towel and gave small, unsure steps to your figure, sitting by your side and covering carefully the recent injury that was in your wrist. The small bathroom was immersed in a deadly silence, except for your sobbing and the sound of your tears falling into the ground and getting mixed with your own blood, reminding you how stupid and weak you were.

It wasn’t the first time Jeno saw your scars, he was fully aware of your illness and he was always there for you whenever your anxiety started to act. He would place his warm lips over the marks in your wrist, leaving small kisses and sweet caresses over them to calm you and give you his comfort, but this was the first time he ever saw you like this, covered in your own blood and with a pair of scissors in your other hand.

Eventually, the blood stopped after some long minutes. Jeno carefully took the towel out of your wrist and leave it on the floor as he helped you to stand up and walk you to your room. Now both of you were in your bed, facing each other, but not being able to hold eye contact… or at least you. Your empty eyes kept looking down, getting lost somewhere in the room but always avoiding his gaze, even if his eyes were warm and filled with tenderness as they kept observing each one of your beautiful features in the most loving ways as possible. One of his hands was sweetly caressing your hair, calming you by the gentle way his fingers were running through your hair.

“I’m sorry.” You get finally get to say in an almost inaudible voice, fighting with the lump in your throat to pronounce each word, but Jeno only showed you a small, sad smile as he kissed your temple.

“Why don’t you rest a little, princess? I think you deserve it after such a tough day.” It was also difficult for him to talk, but he still managed to make his voice sound a lot more softer than yours.

Jeno didn’t left the room until he saw your eyelids close, making him smile sadly one more time. After covering your body with some blankets, he went back to the bathroom, gulping as he saw the scenery carefully. In the moment, he never realized how terrible the whole thing actually was, his only priority was to comfort you, make sure that you were alright, that you… survive. But looking at the pair of scissors in the floor, next to a puddle of your own blood and tears.. it was hard to watch. Jeno’s eyes became watery as the whole scene repeated again and again in his mind while he was cleaning the small bathroom, his thoughts filled of questions without answers that were making him more anxious every second it passes. “Would you be alright?”, “Are you leave him alone?”, “Do you serious want to… disappear?”

“Please don’t, Y/N.” Jeno whispered to himself as he fell in the ground, crying and full of impotence. “Please don’t leave me.”

I finally finished my first Spider-man fic! I will be taking requests, but it might take a while with school and everything. I hope you guys like it!


Peter Parker loved being Spider-Man.
He felt so confident swinging through the city every night, saving people and stopping bad guys.
He had been thrilled when Mr. Stark called him earlier, offering him the chance to fight with the Avengers.
The actual freaking Avengers!
Apparently, some kind of portal had been opened downtown, and it was now flooding all of manhattan with aliens.
And so here he was, swinging between the buildings and webbing up the strange creatures.
They were kind of weird looking, seeming mostly human, except they were completely covered in huge metal plates that made it difficult to take them down.
He had a few scrapes and bruises already, but they’d probably be gone by tomorrow. Peter grinned under the mask.
Ned was going to freak when he told him he got to fight with the Avengers!
How awesome was that?
“Calm down kid, we still have a lot of these things to take care of.”
Mr. Starks voice came on over the coms, and peter felt his cheeks go red.
He must’ve said that out loud.
“You said that out loud too.”
Clint informed him, his voice joining Mr. Starks in his ear.
Peter blushed, but he was too excited to really be embarrassed.
“Sorry!” He called cheerfully, swinging off the building he was sitting on to web up another alien.
He shook his head, focusing on the battle.
Only a few of the avengers were here, most of them off on separate missions.
Clint was perched on the top of a nearby building, firing arrows into the aliens from above.
Black widow and Captain America were right underneath Clint’s building, and Peter could hear the hulk somewhere in the distance.
He was pretty sure Mr. Stark was somewhere behind him, flying through the air and blowing up the aliens Peter trapped in his webs.
Suddenly Peter felt the hairs on the back of his neck stand up, and he flipped out of the way just in time to avoid being skewered by another one of the aliens.
Where had it even come from?
He shrugged, shooting out a web and trapping the creature against a building.
Peter turned around, scanning the area for any more of them, but his street was mostly empty.
It looked like the fight was almost over, only a few aliens still fighting.
Mr. Stark had landed the Iron Man suit, and was picking off stragglers from the ground.
Peter started towards him, but stopped abruptly when he noticed a flash of light somewhere behind mr stark.
His breath caught.
There was another alien!
It was crouched just behind the older man, tensed to leap out.
Peter didn’t hesitate.
He crossed the distance in seconds, ramming into Mr. Stark and pushing him out of the way.
He felt the aliens body smash into him, and they both went flying backwards into a heap of rubble.
The creatures claws pierced through the suit easily, and Peter cried out at the white hot pain it sent through his stomach.
He could hear the repulser beams in the Iron Man suit firing, and then the aliens claws were ripping out of him.
Suddenly Mr. Stark was kneeling down next to him, pulling him into his lap.
His faceplate was flipped up, revealing his panicked expression.
“Peter! Can you hear me? Come on kid!”
Peter blinked, looking up at the older man.
“Mr. Stark?”
He looked relieved, pulling Peter closer to him.
“It’s me, you’re okay, I’m here.”
Another bolt of pain shot through peters stomach, and he whimpered.
“It hurts.”
“What?”
The panicked look is back, and Mr. Starks eyes are moving to his stomach, and there’s so much blood, and it hurts.
He curses, shouting to FRIDAY for a med team.
And Peters tired, he’s so tired, and cold, and then his eyes are closing-
“No Peter, don’t do that! You have to stay awake!”
Mr. Stark’s voice is scared, his hold on Peter tightening.
Peter blinks up at him, eyes glassy with pain.
“Sorry Mr. Stark.”
And then his eyes are closing, and he sinks into darkness.

The first thing Peter’s aware of is the beeping.
He opens his eyes, squinting at the bright light.
He’s in a small white room, probably a hospital room judging by all the medical equipment everywhere.
Mr. Stark is sitting in a chair next to Peter’s bed, flipping through something on his tablet.
Peter starts to sit up, but he’s stopped by the thick layer of bandages around his stomach.
Oh.
He remembers now.
The alien, the one creeping up on Mr. Stark, pushing him out of the way, the creatures claws tearing through his suit.
He cant help it, and his heart rate speeds up, the beeping of the machine next to him getting faster.
“Peter! Hey, you’re okay, everything’s fine, you’re safe.”
Mr. Stark leans forward in his chair, gently pushing him back onto the bed.
Peter blinks up at him.
“Mr. Stark?”
“Yeah, Im here.”
“Is everyone okay?”
He sighs, dropping back into the chair.
“Everyones fine. You were the only casualty.”
Peter looks down guiltily.
“Sorry.” He mumbles, staring at his hands.
Mr. Stark sits up again abruptly.
“No. Don’t you say your sorry. You didn’t do anything wrong. I’m proud of you.”
Peters face lights up, and Mr. Stark smiles.
“You did good kid. You did good.”

Everything You Need to Know About the Aug. 21 Eclipse

On Aug. 21, all of North America will experience a solar eclipse.

If skies are clear, eclipse-watchers will be able to see a partial solar eclipse over several hours, and some people – within the narrow path of totality – will see a total solar eclipse for a few moments.

How to Watch

It’s never safe to look at the Sun, and an eclipse is no exception. During a partial eclipse (or on any regular day) you must use special solar filters or an indirect viewing method to watch the Sun.

If you have solar viewing glasses, check to make sure they’re safe and undamaged before using them to look at the Sun. Make sure you put them on before looking up at the Sun, and look away before removing them. Eclipse glasses can be used over your regular eyeglasses, but they should never be used when looking through telescopes, binoculars, camera viewfinders, or any other optical device.

If you don’t have eclipse glasses, you can still watch the eclipse indirectly! You can make a pinhole projector out of a box, or use any other object with tiny holes – like a piece of cardstock with a hole, or your outstretched, interlaced fingers – to project an image of the partially eclipsed Sun onto the ground.

Of course, if it’s cloudy (or you’d just rather stay inside), you can watch the whole thing online with us at nasa.gov/eclipselive. Tune in starting at noon ET.

If you’re in the path of totality, there will be a few brief moments when it is safe to look directly at the eclipse. Only once the Moon has completely covered the Sun and there is no light shining through is it safe to look at the eclipse. Make sure you put your eclipse glasses back on or return to indirect viewing before the first flash of sunlight appears around the Moon’s edge.

Why do eclipses happen?

A solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes directly between the Sun and Earth, casting its shadow down on Earth’s surface. The path of totality – where the Moon completely covers the Sun – is traced out by the Moon’s inner shadow, the umbra. People within the Moon’s outer shadow, the penumbra, can see a partial eclipse.

The Moon’s orbit around Earth is tilted by about five degrees, meaning that its shadow usually doesn’t fall on Earth. Only when the Moon lines up exactly between the Sun and Earth do we see an eclipse.

Though the Sun is about 400 times wider than the Moon, it is also about 400 times farther away, making their apparent sizes match up almost exactly. This is what allows the Moon to block out the Sun’s bright face, while revealing the comparatively faint, pearly-white corona.

The Science of Eclipses

Eclipses are a beautiful sight to see, and they’re also helpful for our scientists, so we’re funding eleven ground-based science investigations to learn more about the Sun and Earth.

Total solar eclipses reveal the innermost regions of the Sun’s atmosphere, the corona. Though it’s thought to house the processes that kick-start much of the space weather that can influence Earth, as well as heating the whole corona to extraordinarily high temperatures, we can’t study this region at any other time. This is because coronagraphs – the instruments we use to study the Sun’s atmosphere by creating artificial eclipses – must cover up much of the corona, as well as the Sun’s face in order to produce clear images.

Eclipses also give us the chance to study Earth’s atmosphere under uncommon conditions: the sudden loss of solar radiation from within the Moon’s shadow. We’ll be studying the responses of both Earth’s ionosphere – the region of charged particles in the upper atmosphere – and the lower atmosphere.

Learn all about the Aug. 21 eclipse at eclipse2017.nasa.gov, and follow @NASASun on Twitter and NASA Sun Science on Facebook for more. Watch the eclipse through the eyes of NASA at nasa.gov/eclipselive starting at 12 PM ET on Aug. 21. 

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Compilation of Seventeen’s songs

* - im not sure where to place them lol

COVERS

MIXTAPE

17 CARAT

BOYS BE

LOVE & LETTER REPACKAGE

GOING SEVENTEEN

AL1

COLLABORATION/SOUNDTRACK

STAGE/RADIO COLLABORATION

UNRELEASED

can we talk about the decontamination scene in s2 e4 is because

Keith pouting with his arms crossed because he’s not happy about this and he and Lance are side-eyeing each other because OF COURSE THEY ARE. poor Hunk is completely covered in squishy asteroids because Lance was using him as a shield the entire time.

Pidge hates every second of this. Keith is still pouting. Shiro has decided to set an example for good hygiene and Lance follows suit albeit much less enthused. Hunk looks up, amazed at the miracle that is water.

Keith is still pouting he hasn’t moved at all. Shiro continues to be a role model. Lance flashes back to every embarrassing moment in his entire life. HUNK IS HAVING SO MUCH FUN LOOK AT HIM

they’re uNDER WATER AND KEITH IS STILL POUTING WITH HIS ARMS CROSSED. Lance is surrounded by his own element and feels at ease, stickin his legy out. Hunk is goodness incarnate.

KEITH IS STILL DOING IT. Shiro is very relaxed I’m happy for him. Lance grabs onto Hunk for support to avoid getting blown away and Hunk is okay with it because he loves his friends. Pidge does not grab onto anythi

oh no there she go

Keith is mildly concerned.

bye

How to Safely Watch the Aug. 21 Solar Eclipse


On Aug. 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will be visible in North America. Throughout the continent, the Moon will cover part – or all – of the Sun’s super-bright face for part of the day.

Since it’s never safe to look at the partially eclipsed or uneclipsed Sun, everyone who plans to watch the eclipse needs a plan to watch it safely. One of the easiest ways to watch an eclipse is solar viewing glasses – but there are a few things to check to make sure your glasses are safe:

  •  Glasses should have an ISO 12312-2 certification
  • They should also have the manufacturer’s name and address, and you can check if the manufacturer has been verified by the American Astronomical Society
  • Make sure they have no scratches or damage

To use solar viewing glasses, make sure you put them on before looking up at the Sun, and look away before you remove them. Proper solar viewing glasses are extremely dark, and the landscape around you will be totally black when you put them on – all you should see is the Sun (and maybe some types of extremely bright lights if you have them nearby).

Never use solar viewing glasses while looking through a telescope, binoculars, camera viewfinder, or any other optical device. The concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eyes, causing serious injury. But you can use solar viewing glasses on top of your regular eyeglasses, if you use them!

If you don’t have solar viewing glasses, there are still ways to watch, like making your own pinhole projector. You can make a handheld box projector with just a few simple supplies – or simply hold any object with a small hole (like a piece of cardstock with a pinhole, or even a colander) above a piece of paper on the ground to project tiny images of the Sun.

Of course, you can also watch the entire eclipse online with us. Tune into nasa.gov/eclipselive starting at noon ET on Aug. 21! 

For people in the path of totality, there will be a few brief moments when it is safe to look directly at the eclipse. Only once the Moon has completely covered the Sun and there is no light shining through is it safe to look at the eclipse. Make sure you put your eclipse glasses back on or return to indirect viewing before the first flash of sunlight appears around the Moon’s edge.

You can look up the length of the total eclipse in your area to help you set a time for the appropriate length of time. Remember – this only applies to people within the path of totality.

Everyone else will need to use eclipse glasses or indirect viewing throughout the entire eclipse!

Photographing the Eclipse

Whether you’re an amateur photographer or a selfie master, try out these tips for photographing the eclipse.  

#1 — Safety first: Make sure you have the required solar filter to protect your camera.

#2 — Any camera is a good camera, whether it’s a high-end DSLR or a camera phone – a good eye and vision for the image you want to create is most important.

#3 — Look up, down, and all around. As the Moon slips in front of the Sun, the landscape will be bathed in long shadows, creating eerie lighting across the landscape. Light filtering through the overlapping leaves of trees, which creates natural pinholes, will also project mini eclipse replicas on the ground. Everywhere you can point your camera can yield exceptional imagery, so be sure to compose some wide-angle photos that can capture your eclipse experience.

#4 — Practice: Be sure you know the capabilities of your camera before Eclipse Day. Most cameras, and even many camera phones, have adjustable exposures, which can help you darken or lighten your image during the tricky eclipse lighting. Make sure you know how to manually focus the camera for crisp shots.

#5 —Upload your eclipse images to NASA’s Eclipse Flickr Gallery and relive the eclipse through other peoples’ images.

Learn all about the Aug. 21 eclipse at eclipse2017.nasa.gov, and follow @NASASun on Twitter and NASA Sun Science on Facebook for more. Watch the eclipse through the eyes of NASA at nasa.gov/eclipselive starting at 12 PM ET on Aug. 21.

Make sure to follow us on Tumblr for your regular dose of space: http://nasa.tumblr.com

pictures of keith with completely correct descriptions

the cover of a teen paranormal romance novel that’s been on clearance ever since the day it came out

idk this kind of reminds me of a mountain dew commercial? you know where they do kick flips on skateboards and set fire to wood and stuff. yeah. he’s the kid who does some sick tricks and then guzzles soda

that One Mandatory Scene in action movie trailers where the main character is facing off with the main villain but you don’t really see anything besides the main character’s pained face as the music grows quieter and quieter and then when it’s silent the villain says something evil and it rings throughout the room and you’re kind of like “oh shit, they’re going to die” but you haven’t really grasped the plot of the movie because it’s just a trailer

dream daddy (2017)

2

You’re the sun and I’m the moon / Stickin’ as one like glue
You’re in pink and I’m in blue / When you’re ‘round, go crazy with you

today was the solar eclipse so i made some sun and moon jaspearl!! 

(the song is Crazy Crazy by Yasutaka Nakata 💕)

svt meets f(x) :: performance unit as serenity red light

pic cr [x]

other units :: vocal unit :: hip hop unit :: bonus

Uncharted : The Lost Legacy - Concept art

This picture perfectly illustrates one of my favourite details of this game - just how completely filthy and messy the ladies get.  Sweaty, stained, bloodied, scarred, completely covered in mud… Chloe always has many stray hairs stuck to her face and neck because she’s so sweaty.  It’s all so realistic and honest.

Five Eclipses in NASA History

On Monday, August 21, 2017, people in North America will have the chance to see an eclipse of the Sun. Anyone within the path of totality may see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. 

Along this path, the Moon will completely cover the Sun, revealing the Sun’s tenuous atmosphere, the corona. The path of totality will stretch from Salem, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse, where the Moon covers part of the Sun’s disk. Remember: you can never look at the Sun directly, and an eclipse is no exception – be sure to use a solar filter or indirect viewing method to watch partial phases of the eclipse.

Total solar eclipses are a rare chance to study the Sun and Earth in unique ways. During the total eclipse, scientists can observe the faintest regions of the Sun, as well as study the Sun’s effects on Earth’s upper atmosphere. We’ve been using eclipses to learn more about our solar system for more than 50 years. Let’s take a look back at five notable eclipses of the past five decades.

May 30, 1965

A total eclipse crossed the Pacific Ocean on May 30, 1965, starting near the northern tip of New Zealand and ending in Peru. Totality – when the Moon blocks all of the Sun’s face – lasted for 5 minutes and 15 seconds at peak, making this the 3rd-longest solar eclipse totality in the 20th century. Mexico and parts of the Southwestern United States saw a partial solar eclipse, meaning the Moon only blocked part of the Sun. We sent scientists to the path of totality, stationing researchers on South Pacific islands to study the response of the upper atmosphere and ionosphere to the eclipse. 

Additionally, our high-flying jets, scientific balloons, and sounding rockets – suborbital research rockets that fly and collect data for only a few minutes – recorded data in different parts of the atmosphere. A Convair 990 research jet chased the Moon’s shadow as it crossed Earth’s surface, extending totality up to more than nine minutes, and giving scientists aboard more time to collect data. A NASA-funded team of researchers will use the same tactic with two jets to extend totality to more than 7 minutes on Aug. 21, 2017, up from the 2 minutes and 40 seconds observable on the ground. 

March 7, 1970

The total solar eclipse of March 7, 1970, was visible in North America and the northwestern part of South America, with totality stretching to 3 minutes and 28 seconds at maximum. This was the first time a total eclipse in the United States passed over a permanent rocket launch facility – NASA’s Wallops Station (now Wallops Flight Facility) on the coast of Virginia. This eclipse offered scientists from NASA, four universities and seven other research organizations a unique way to conduct meteorology, ionospheric and solar physics experiments using 32 sounding rockets

Also during this eclipse, the Space Electric Propulsion Test, or SERT, mission temporarily shut down because of the lack of sunlight. The experimental spacecraft was unable to restart for two days.

July 10, 1972

Two years later, North America saw another total solar eclipse. This time, totality lasted 2 minutes and 36 seconds at the longest. A pair of scientists from Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, traveled to the Canadian tundra to study the eclipse – specifically, a phenomenon called shadow bands. These are among the most ephemeral phenomena that observers see during the few minutes before and after a total solar eclipse. They appear as a multitude of faint rapidly moving bands that can be seen against a white background, such as a large piece of paper on the ground. 

While the details of what causes the bands are not completely understood, the simplest explanation is that they arise from atmospheric turbulence. When light rays pass through eddies in the atmosphere, they are refracted, creating shadow bands.

February 26, 1979

The last total solar eclipse of the 20th century in the contiguous United States was in early 1979. Totality lasted for a maximum of 2 minutes 49 seconds, and the total eclipse was visible on a narrow path stretching from the Pacific Northwest to Greenland. Agencies from Canada and the United States – including NASA – joined forces to build a sounding rocket program to study the atmosphere and ionosphere during the eclipse by observing particles on the edge of space as the Sun’s radiation was suddenly blocked.

July 31, 1981

The USSR got a great view of the Moon passing in front of the Sun in the summer of 1981, with totality lasting just over 2 minutes at maximum. Our scientists partnered with Hawaiian and British researchers to study the Sun’s atmosphere – specifically, a relatively thin region called the chromosphere, which is sandwiched between the Sun’s visible surface and the corona – using an infrared telescope aboard the Kuiper Airborne Observatory. The chromosphere appears as the red rim of the solar disk during a total solar eclipse, whereas the corona has no discernible color to the naked eye.

Watch an Eclipse: August 21, 2017 

On August 21, a total solar eclipse will cross the continental United States from coast to coast for the first time in 99 years, and you can watch.

If skies are clear, people in North America will be able to see a partial or total solar eclipse. Find out what the eclipse will look like in your area, then make sure you have a safe method to watch – like solar viewing glasses or a pinhole projector – and head outside. 

You can also tune into nasa.gov/eclipselive throughout the day on Aug. 21 to see the eclipse like you’ve never seen it before – including a NASA TV show, views from our spacecraft, aircraft, and more than 50 high-altitude balloons.

Get all your eclipse information at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/, and follow along with @NASASun on Twitter and NASA Sun Science on Facebook.

Make sure to follow us on Tumblr for your regular dose of space: http://nasa.tumblr.com

I was going to make an audio of the professional recording of “Stay With Me” and Ben Platt’s cover playing at the same time, but Ben’s cover is 55 seconds longer than the original because of all his riffing and now I can’t stop laughing because honestly I should’ve expected that

SOLAR ECLIPSE!

We are so ready(!!!!!)

During a total solar eclipse, the Moon moves between the Earth and the Sun. When this happens, the disc of the Moon appears to perfectly cover the disc of the Sun even though the Sun is much larger than the Moon. But how is this possible? 

The Sun is 400 times bigger than the Moon, but by sheer coincidence, the Moon is 390 times closer to Earth. Size and distance cancel each other out so that the Moon and Sun appear to be almost the exactly same size. Every time the Moon orbits the Earth, once every 27.3 days, it has to pass between the Earth and the Sun, a stage called the new moon phase. And every time it passes, the New Moon has a chance to block out the Sun. Most of the time, the Moon passes a little above or a little below the Sun, but if they align perfectly, the shadow of the Moon will make a narrow path across Earth and those in the shadows will see a total solar eclipse.

But while the moon perfectly covers the surface of the Sun, it doesn’t block out the Sun’s outer atmosphere, its corona, which appears as a fiery ring around the dark disc of the moon. Solar eclipses occur several times a year, but most often they are partial eclipses where the Moon doesn’t quite line up with the Sun. And, when the Moon and Sun are perfectly aligned, the Moon is usually too far from Earth in its orbit to completely cover the Sun, creating an annular eclipse. During an annular or partial eclipse, the sky remains bright. Even on those rare occasions of a total eclipse, the Moon’s shadow is most likely to fall on the 70% of Earth that is covered by water, and few people, if any, will see it.

TODAY’S eclipse will be remarkable on a larger scale because the Moon is slowly moving away from Earth. If a furry ancestor of ours had bothered to look up during a solar eclipse a hundred million years ago, it wouldn’t have seen the fiery corona of the Sun. It would have just been dark. Eventually, the Moon will have moved too far from Earth to completely cover the disc of the Sun. It is only during our little wink of Earth’s history that the Moon is at just the right distance to cause a total solar eclipse yet not block the Sun’s corona. So today, on August 21, 2017,when the Moon exactly lines up with the Sun and the Moon is close enough to the Earth, its shadow will cross the U.S. and, if you happen to be in its narrow path, you will witness one of the most awe-inspiring sights in the universe. BUT - remember - you can’t look directly at the sun, so….

Don’t forget your (hopefully legit) protective eclipse glasses!

From the TED-Ed Lesson A rare, spectacular total eclipse of the sun - Andy Cohen

Animation by Bevan Lynch