Science: Next Year, the Sahara

When the Giliaks of Sakhalin island and the Koryaks of Kamchatka rubbed the sleep out of their eyes one morning last week, they rubbed a second time and looked up in surprise: the rising sun was black. It was totally eclipsed by the moon. As eclipses go, this one had relatively few observers—at least of its totality. The path of complete blackout crossed the most sparsely inhabited wastes of Asia and North America, favoring only Canada's southeasternmost provinces before crossing the Atlantic to fizzle out at sunset near the Azores. Most big-city dwellers had to content themselves with partial obscuration: 88%...

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