United States #5211 (2017)

Total Eclipse of the Sun 2017

Monday, August 21, 2017, is ECLIPSE DAY, at least if you reside in the United States of America. A few hours from now as I write this, a total solar eclipse will be visible within a band across the entire contiguous United States. No non-U.S. land will experience totality during this eclipse as it travels across the Pacific Ocean prior to making landfall and following … Continue reading Total Eclipse of the Sun 2017

Thailand #1118 (1985)

National Science Day / วันวิทยาศาสตร์แห่งชาติ

The date of 18 August is observed in Thailand as National Science Day (Wan Witthayasat Haeng Chat — วันวิทยาศาสตร์แห่งชาติ).  This commemorates the anniversary of a total solar eclipse on that date in 1868 that was predicted by King Mongkut (Rama IV) two years earlier.  In 1982, this king was proclaimed to be the “Father of Science and Technology” in Thailand and the annual celebration of National Science Day set … Continue reading National Science Day / วันวิทยาศาสตร์แห่งชาติ