Wednesday, November 14, 2012


ECLIPSE OF THE SUN - Nature has bestowed a treat on solar scientists. About an hour after sunrise in north Queensland, the moon passed directly in front of the sun. Those fortunate enough to be in Cairns enjoyed an early morning total eclipse lasting two minutes with the sun roughly 14 degrees above the eastern horizon. 
For astrophysicists, it meant an opportunity to glimpse the outermost workings of the sizzling sun. Eclipses give scientists their best chance to study the corona, the immensely hot outer atmosphere of the sun that boils off into space and wafts past the planets. Even with modern Earth- and space-based telescopes, scientists can only observe parts of the corona normally because of the sun's overwhelming brightness. These phenomena change over days or weeks, and so the corona appears to be quite different at every solar eclipse.

This provides scientists with a better understanding of the corona as well as the solar wind, the charged particles that stream from the sun. The eclipse itself did not “directly” reveal anything about the sun's activity because there is always large day-to-day variability; just like today's weather does not reveal anything about a decade's climate trends, says Curtin Univeristy astrophysicist Rob Soria. “This eclipse occurs near the peak of what is known as Cycle 24, when coronal activity, mass ejections, solar flares are expected to be more energetic,” Dr Soria says. 
This cycle is the weakest it has been in more than 100 years. The current cycle follows a series of three strong solar cycles that occurred between 1980 and 2000. If scientists get a better understanding of temperature, structure and energy processes in the solar corona and the solar wind, they can then make better predictions about the long-term solar variability and the effect it has on the Earth's climate and magnetic field.

A total solar eclipse is the only time the sun's corona can be viewed from Earth. Then, almost as fast as the sky darkened, a twinkle of light emerged and the moon continued its journey across the sun. The second solar eclipse of 2012 occured above northern Australia just moments ago giving thousands of observers in Queensland an early morning treat. Today’s events came a decade after Australia’s last solar eclipse and were the first in the region in over 1,300 years. Always thousands and thousands of people go to see a total eclipse of the sun or moon. Eclipses wonderful events are related in Vedic history. For example, when the gopīs and the residents of Vrindāvana met Krishna at Kuruksetra during the Solar eclipse, they wanted to take Krishna back to the village of Vrindāvana and enjoy His company in the groves.

Lord Śrī Krishna is so attractive for the living beings, especially for the devotees, that it is impossible for them to tolerate separation. ... After His separation from Vrindāvana and the innocent rural cowherd boys, girls, ladies and others, they all felt shock throughout their lives, and the separation of Rādhārāṇī, the most beloved cowherd girl, is beyond expression. Once they met at Kurukṣetra during a solar eclipse, and the feeling which was expressed by them is heartrending. ... Krishna, Baladeva and Subhadrā are represented in the famous Jagannātha temple of Purī, and the temple is still visited by thousands of pilgrims daily. This temple is in remembrance of the Lord's visit at Kuruksetra during an occasion of solar eclipse and His subsequent meeting with the residents of Vrindāvana. The meeting of Rādhā and Krishna during this occasion is a very pathetic story, and Lord Śrī Caitanya, in the ecstasy of Rādhārāṇī, always pined for Lord Śrī Krishna at Jagannātha Purī.

Śrīla A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda :
“Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa)”
Canto 1 - Chapter 10 - Verses 9 & 10
Canto 1 - Chapter 13 - Verses 3 & 4
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase Network

Published by dasavatara das - "Vedic Views on World News"

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