North Carolina Science Now

Understanding a Solar Eclipse: Then and Now

Thanks to scientific observations with telescopes, satellites and mathematical calculations, we not only understand what happens during a solar eclipse but we can also predict when they will occur and where they will be seen well into the future. 

That hasn’t always been the case. 

Take, for example, the origin of the word eclipse. It’s derived from the ancient Greek word ekleipsis, meaning "abandonment." You get the idea. The folks back then thought the Sun had just turned off. It had, in effect, abandoned the Earth. 

A Deadly Day at Sea: The Fateful Battle of the Atlantic

To understand the Battle of the Atlantic, you need to go back one day before the actual armed conflict. 

On July 14, 1942, a convoy of 19 merchant ships and five military escort ships set sail from Hampton Roads, Virginia. The convoy was named KS-520, with the “KS” indicating they were moving south along the coast heading to Key West, Florida. 

Why are certain small bodies of water called 'sounds?'

Before doing any reporting on Currituck Sound, I had to answer the most basic of questions: just what is a sound? 

It turns out there are a couple of ways to define a sound. 

One type of sound is a relatively narrow passage of water between the mainland and an island. It's also an inlet, bay or recessed portion of the ocean. Currituck Sound certainly fits those definitions. So does Pamlico Sound, as well as Puget Sound in Washington. 

A Durham Organization Uncovers New Clues to the Lost Colony

Sometimes the simplest question leads to major discoveries. 

This is certainly true in the search for the Lost Colony.  

But first, a little background.   

Back in 1585, British explorer John White traveled to Roanoke Island and produced an excruciatingly accurate map of the North Carolina and Virginia coast and other drawings of the island. Two years later, White led a colony of 116 English settlers to the area. 

Raleigh's new cathedral gives old stained glass new life

Raleigh’s new Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral will not only feature a sound system designed for the best quality, it will also feature amazing stained glass windows. 

Fifty of those windows are newly created for the church. But 42 of the stained glass windows are finding a new life in the Diocese of Raleigh’s new cathedral. 

In December 2012, the Diocese of Raleigh acquired stained glass windows from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The windows are being removed from Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church in the Archdiocese that was closed several years ago. 

Drones give better view of the 'Ghost Fleet'

Marine Corps Base Quantico is one of the most famous military bases in the world. The base covers 58,000 acres in Prince William County, Virginia. The U.S. Marine Corps’ Combat Development Command, which designs and develops strategies for U.S. Marine units, is based at Quantico. The FBI Academy, the main research and training facility for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is also located at the base. So is the main training facility for the Drug Enforcement Administration. 

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