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How the first solar eclipse of 2020 was seen in Asian cities overshadowed by the moon

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The first solar eclipse of this year took place on Sunday.  The Shadow of the Moon passed through West Africa, southern Saudi Arabia, India (not far from New Delhi), crossed the Himalayas, Tibet, China, Taiwan, and ended in the East China Sea.  Below, how the solar eclipse could be seen in the cities and countries from which it was visible, in pictures.

The sun can be viewed safely using a green welding filter.  Looking at the Sun every five minutes we can see how the edge of the Moon will touch its disk.

 Those who have an astronomical instrument must be very careful in observing the eclipse.  A safe method can be used, the projection method.  A white card or white sheet is placed behind the telescope or telescope.  The Sun's disk will be projected on a sheet where the eclipse can be observed, by several spectators at once.  No filter will be used when using the projection method.

 An annular eclipse of the Sun occurs when the length of the axis of the shadow cone of the Moon is less than the distance Earth-Moon, the tip of the shadow cone being located between two bodies.  For the terrestrial points in the field delimited by the extension of the shadow cone, an annular eclipse of the Sun will take place, from these points being visible a peripheral ring of the Sun in the form of a "ring of fire".  The Sun and the Moon are perfectly aligned with the Earth, the apparent diameter of the Moon is smaller than that of the Sun;

 As the moon is quite far from Earth on this day, it will not be able to obscure all the light of the Sun sent to earth.  From the Sun you will only see the edge in the shape of a "ring of fire" that surrounds the dark Moon.

 A solar eclipse always occurs during the New Moon phase.  Solar eclipses can be of three types: partial, annular and total.  A total eclipse occurs every 40 years, visible from the same region of the earth.

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In 2021, we had suborbital flights, we had a rover that landed on Mars, we sent the James Webb telescope, the best so far, in space and we expect many "gifts" in 2022. What will we see in 2022 , if we look up at the sky?


Every year is good for astronomers, because a lot of phenomena happen and a lot of objects are seen on Earth


One of them will be visible for only 20 minutes, because the Moon is setting. We will have a lunar eclipse on May 16th. Basically, we will have to look at the moon in the morning, around 5 a.m, and we will find that it is very close to the horizon, because it is starting to set, but then it will start to enter the shadow of the Earth. It will be a spectacular phenomenon because we will see both the eclipsed sunset and the rising sun. 



We will have another partial solar eclipse, which will be visible from us, on October 25. There, the Sun will be about 45 percent covered by the Moon. But it is a beautiful eclipse of the Sun, which will be seen, and for us the advantage is that it is partially visible from anywhere in the world, so we should not be "upset" that others could see it in full.


The new year will surely be a delight for heavenly viewers, with plenty of celestial events on the calendar. Here are the main events in the sky in 2022, so you can prepare your binoculars and telescope.



There are 12 phases of the full moon in 2022, and two of them qualify as supermoons. The definitions of a supermoon may vary, but the term generally refers to a full moon that is brighter and closer to Earth than normal, and therefore appears larger in the night sky.


Some astronomers say that the phenomenon occurs when the Moon is at 90% of perigee, the closest to Earth in orbit. According to this definition, the full moon in June as well as July will be considered supermoon events.


Here is the list of full astronomical events for 2022:



January 17: Moon of the Wolf

February 16: Snow Month

March 18: Worm Moon

April 16: Pink Moon

May 16: Flower Month

June 14: Strawberry Month

July 13: Deer Moon

August 11: Moon Sturgeon

September 10: Harvest Month

October 9: Hunter's Month

November 8: Beaver Month

December 7: Cold Moon


Lunar and solar eclipses


Partial solar eclipses occur when the Moon passes in front of the Sun, but only blocks some of its light. Be sure to wear appropriate eclipse goggles to see solar eclipses safely, as light can be harmful to the eyes.


A partial solar eclipse on April 30 can be seen in southern South America, the southeastern Pacific Ocean and the Antarctic Peninsula.


Another eclipse on October 25 will be visible in Greenland, Iceland, Europe, Northeast Africa, the Middle East, West Asia, India and western China.


A lunar eclipse can only occur during the full moon, when the Sun, Earth, and Moon align and the Moon passes in the shadow of the Earth. The earth casts two shadows on the moon during the eclipse. The penumbra is the partial outer shadow, and the shadow is the complete, dark one.


There will be two total lunar eclipses and two partial solar eclipses in 2022, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac.


When the full moon passes in the shadow of the Earth, it darkens, but does not disappear. Sunlight passing through the Earth's atmosphere illuminates the Moon dramatically, turning it red, which is why it is often referred to as the "blood moon."


Meteor showers


The new year begins with the Quadrantid meteor shower, which is expected to peak in the night hours between January 2 and 3 for those in North America, according to the American Meteor Society.


The annual Perseid meteor shower in August is a real delight for those observing the sky, as it produces extremely many streaks of light through our atmosphere.


It is the first of 12 meteor showers during the year, although the next, the Lyrid meteor shower, does not reach its peak until April.


Here are the other rains to watch in 2022:


Lyrids: April 21-22

And Aquariids: May 4-5

Southern Delta Aquariums: July 29-30

Alpha Capricorns: July 30-31

Perseids: August 11-12

Orionids: October 20-21

Southern Taurids: November 4-5

Northern Taurids: November 11-12

Leonids: November 17-18

Geminids: December 13-14

Bears: December 21-22


If the sky remains clear, the Quarantines should reach their peak on the evening of January 3, after 20:00.


Lyride, meteor shower - April 21. In 2022, meteor showers will peak on the night of April 22 until the early hours of April 23.


Eta Aquarid, meteor shower - May 6. The meteor shower will peak on the night of May 5 to May 6.

Caused by Comet Halley, this meteor shower can be seen especially by people living in the southern hemisphere.


Super Moon - July 13th. A supermoon occurs when the Moon is closest to the Earth during its orbit, at the same time as a full moon, making the Moon appear significantly larger and brighter. In 2022 you will be able to see this show in mid-July.


Perseids, meteor showers - August 12 and 13. Perseids can be seen from mid-July to late August, but the peak will be between August 12 and 13.


Orionids, meteor showers - October 21. If it is dark at night, it is possible to see between 10 and 20 meteors in the sky every hour.


Partial solar eclipse - October 25. The eclipse will be visible in the UK, Europe and parts of the Middle East on October 25.


Geminids, meteor shower - December 14. The meteor shower will take place for about two weeks, but the meteorites can be seen best on December 14th.



The first meteor shower of the year, Quadrantidele, has its maximum manifestation period in January, in 2022 it takes place on the night of January 3 to 4. This meteor shower has its radiant in the constellation Bootes and is one of the strongest meteor currents, producing between 100 and 140 meteors per hour. The meteors of this current are bright and very fast.


In the year 2022, on April 14, we will have the phenomenon of the Black Moon (sometimes called in English "Dark Moon" - or "Lilith", meaning "Dark Moon" or "Black Moon"). The moon is the only natural satellite of planet Earth and has no light of its own, but only reflects that received from the Sun. There are several ways to calculate the occurrence of the phenomenon called the Black Moon: the third phase of the New Moon in a season in which there are four such monthly phases (a year with four seasons of three months each); the second phase of the New Moon in a month in which two such phases occur; the month in which the New Moon phase does not occur and the month in which the Full Moon phase does not occur



In 2022, there will be four eclipses (two lunar and two solar), according to NASA. Both lunar eclipses are total and will occur on May 16 and November 8, respectively. The first will be visible from the Americas, Europe and Africa, and the second from Asia, Australia, the Pacific and the two continents, according to


The 2022 solar eclipses will be partial and will occur on April 30 and October 25, respectively. April will be observed in the Southeast Pacific, and October in Europe, Northeast Africa, the Middle East and West Asia,


The four astronomical events that mark the beginning of the four seasons in 2022 occur at: March 20 17 h 33 m - spring equinox, June 21 12 h 14 m - summer solstice, September 23 04 h 04 m - autumn equinox , on December 21 23 h 38 m - the winter solstice.


On January 20, from an astrological point of view, the transition to the zodiac sign Aquarius is made, until February 18. 


In 2022, a real heavenly spectacle is announced


We also have as a spectacular phenomenon the approach of the planet Mars. Mars is approaching Earth in December and will reach about 80 million kilometers from us. At the same time, on the evening when it is best seen all year round, the Moon will cross Mars and cover it. An occultation between the Moon and Mars will be seen somewhere around 7:00 in the morning.



We have other visible planets. For example, in the morning of March, you will see four planets in the sky: Mercury, Mars, Venus and Saturn. Then Mars will meet Saturn in April, and they will be side by side in the morning. Venus will also meet Jupiter on May 1st. From July, all year round, three planets will be seen all night: Saturn, Jupiter and Mars. They will remain visible until the end of the year.


The year of the recapture of the moon


On the other hand, 2022 will be the year of the recapture of the Moon, because almost all the states that can afford it will launch probes towards the Moon. The Americans will launch their Artemis system to the moon and back, with no people on board, will test to see if everything works. India and China will also launch probes to the moon, and it appears that Ukraine also wants to launch a satellite to study the moon closely. 

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@Marina Cant wait to see it!

The face shield is very effective. It does not make breathing difficult, and glasses do not fog up.  According to scientists from the University of Iowa, the face shield reduces the risk of contracting COVID-19 by 96% if an infected person coughs in your face.  And even if you contact the patient for 30 minutes, the shield will protect you by 80%.

 For comparison: the effectiveness of disposable medical masks ranges from 60 to 75%.  For homemade fabric masks, this number varies depending on the material, from 40 to 90%, and for a respirator reaches 95%.

The face shield does not need to be washed and wait until it dries, it can be disinfected with soap and water or a 70% solution of alcohol, as recommended by use of personal protective equipment for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and considerations regarding the situation of their acute shortage of WHO.  And it is reusable, unlike surgical masks.  Yes, and it interferes with touching your face.

 For optimal protection, the visor should completely cover your chin and forehead, so choose the right size.  Ideally, the shield should be worn with the mask.  So you cover both your mouth and face skin and eyes.

 If you do not know where to buy such a shield, you can make it yourself with a simple instruction.

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These simple rules will help you stay healthy at your workplace during the coronavirus.

  1. Keep the social distance.

When you walk fast, run, ride a bicycle, it can increase to 4–20 meters.

 If you keep such a distance with others, the smallest droplets of saliva that will not reach you when talking, coughing, breathing will cause another, possibly infected person.  And you, in turn, do not share your own.

 2. Try changing your work schedule.

 Your task is to make it possible to get to work and leave it before or after rush hour.  In this case, you don’t have to jostle in crowded public transport or walk along crowded streets where it is difficult to maintain distance.

 Talk to your boss: maybe you will meet and shift your working hours.

 3. Use less public transport

 If possible, get to the place of work by your car or bike or walk.  Naturally, at a safe distance from others.

 And try not to use elevators.  Even if the cab comes empty, you don’t know who was riding it 10 seconds before you.  The virus can still remain in the air.

 4. Wear a mask on the way to work

 On the street, if you are absolutely healthy, and there are few people around, you can walk without it.  But only if the authorities of your region do not require otherwise.  

5. Wear a mask in the workplace

 You need to wear it all day for your safety.

 At the same time, you need to wear a mask correctly.  Here's what the WHO recommends:

  •  Do not touch the mask with your hands after putting it on.  If you still touch, wash your hands with soap or treat with an antiseptic gel.
  •  As soon as the mask becomes wet from breathing, replace it with a new one.  Usually you have to do this every two hours.
  •  Only remove the mask by the mounts.  In no case do not touch the part that is adjacent to the face.  After this, the disposable medical mask should be immediately discarded, the reusable - sent to the wash.

 6. Disinfect hands

 The primary transmission route for coronaviruses is via airborne droplets.  But there is a risk of contracting by the contact way: first, touch the surface on which the coronavirus donkeys, and then touch the mucous membrane of the nose, mouth, or eyes.

 Therefore, it is extremely important to wash your hands regularly during a pandemic.  Best of all - with warm water and soap, at least 20 seconds.  If there is no access to water, you can treat your hands with an antiseptic or alcohol wipes.  Make sure that the alcohol in these products was at least 70%.

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The week of May 11-15 is an important one for many European countries!  Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, Austria and the Czech Republic are among the first to start the "great relaxation" of the restrictive measures imposed by COVID-19.  Even if the rules imposed by the authorities are simple, no one respected the social distance and did not keep his mask on when he reached the terraces.

WHO experts and local authorities have imposed four simple rules of countries trying to return to normal:

 1. keep a social distance of 1.5 meters; 

 2. to impose frequent hand washing; 

 3. to impose the wearing of protective masks in public spaces; 

 4. to do everything possible to prevent social overcrowding.  

None of these rules have been followed since Monday in the main European countries.

The banks of the Seine were flooded by thousands of Parisians eager to socialize after being isolated for more than 50 days.  The beautiful weather erased with the sponge from the collective memory the devastating balance caused by COVID-19: 178,000 sick and 27,000 dead.  But they were not the only Europeans to "relax" over a beer. 

 In Prague, Czech Republic, thousands of locals took advantage of the beautiful weather and drank huge amounts of beer right on the sidewalks.  However, only 8,200 contaminations and 260 deaths were recorded in the Czech Republic, due to prompt action by the authorities.

The Belgians also forgot about masks for months, but they respected social distance.  They drank their beers in the parks, because the terraces and bars are still closed.  Belgium recorded 54,000 illnesses and 8,800 deaths.  

The terraces were also opened in Switzerland on Monday, after the authorities announced the balance of the two months of nightmare: 30,000 contaminations and 1,800 deaths.  

The terraces and promenades in Madrid, Barcelona and Tarragona were stormed and people drank cold beer forgetting that they are not allowed to gather in groups of 10 people and must wear masks.

After recording a record balance of 270,000 contaminations and over 27,000 deaths, Spain's population of 47 million seems to ignore the recommendations of the government led by Pedro Sanchez, which recommends caution.  “The temptation of a cold beer is too great and no one thinks about the consequences ".  

The Austrians were more cautious than their German neighbors and have not yet opened the terraces and bars, preferring to drink beer in the parks at the appropriate distance.  In the north-eastern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the restaurants opened on Saturday, but only two people sat at the tables and drank beer in a mug with surgical gloves in their hands.

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Horror movies do not lose their popularity.  Everyone wants to test themselves and understand what chilling invention it will not be embarrassing to scream from fear. During this times, Bemorepanda were offered a rich palette of horror movies, and we, in order from worst to best, have chosen the best ones.



The story of a novice sadist and a mysterious prostitute is based on the novel by Ryu Murakami, but it will be interesting to watch for those who read the book and those who did not.


The modest and pious old maid took an ax and hacked her father and mother.  The whole point is that no one could prove Borden's guilt, the crime was conceived to glory, and after that the girl calmly lived a long life free.  The true killer of her parents was never found.  The creepy and very detailed “Revenge of Lizzy Borden” slowly leads us to a bloody denouement, making the circumstances of Lizzy’s life increasingly unbearable.  And in order to completely torment the viewer, a perverse love line connected with the heroine Kristen Stewart was added to the movie.


Claustrophobic horror story about the flood and cannibal crocodiles in the basement of an apartment building by director Alexander Azh, the author of such thrillers as “Piranha 3D”.  Nothing new is to be expected here, all within the framework of the genre, but due to special effects and the main character in the person of Kaya Scodelario, the movie at some point becomes very exciting.  Although it’s clear that the “Trap” is the ten-great-granddaughter of the legendary “Jaws”.

Little Joe

According to the scientist, the aroma of this plant was to make people happy.  But something went wrong.  Deprived of the ability to reproduce, a smart flower came up with an unusually effective way to fight for existence.  Namely: learned to hypnotize and subjugate people.  Those who get pollen in their nose become capable of anything to protect their beloved ones.Filmed all this succinctly, but painfully anxious.

Annabelle comes home

As for Annabelle, the sinister and demonic doll continues to do all kinds of atrocities, this time with the wrong hands. She returned and is ready to scare you.

Ready or not

Out of fear of meeting their parents, the creators of this tape pulled a hilarious, but extremely bloody plot.  For one “happy” bride, her fiancé’s relatives are chasing after a Victorian mansion to kill her with something big and sharp.

It: Chapter II

“It 2” came out no less successful than the first film - in some countries , in general, its fees were higher.  It became a hit, although it was not based on Stephen King’s novel, and numerous reviews of the movie signaled that it’s not scary!  But what can I say, if even some iconic figures of author's cinema have pecked at the bait of clown Pennywise?

Pet Sematary

Once, Stephen King himself did not dare to publish this novel, considering it too scary.  But in the end, both the book and its first movie adaptation became classics.  The new version of the misadventures of an individual family in the house near the highway is slightly distracted from the original plot in order to throw a little more surprises to the viewer.  But at the heart of everything is the same - the fear of losing a loved one and the desperate hope of returning him at all costs, if something terrible still happened.

Doctor Sleep

It’s not very clear whether it really was necessary to write a continuation of the magnificent “Radiance,” but King’s novel was doomed to become a bestseller in advance.  It would be wrong to not shoot a continuation movie on it, denying yourself the pleasure of placing numerous references to Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece there.  As a result, we got Ewan McGregor, a mysterious sect, a blood-filled hotel and a girl who must be saved.


Everything is accurate and beautiful, before the filming, the director was not too lazy to study the ancient rites and rituals of the Vikings.  And, probably, after this movie it is worth recognizing that Aster is a new figure in the horror genre.  In the "Solstice" one can feel the maturity, depth and - snobbery of an overseas superpower in front of the dense Old World.

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