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Only Once-in-One-Hundred-Years Eclipse



As a child, did you ever talk to the Man in the Moon? If so, you were in good company. Millions of people throughout the world are drawn to the beautiful presence in the sky that only shows its face at night. But while you might agree that the moon is stunning, would you ever guess it serves as a mirror?

Mirror, Mirror, in the Moon…

The moon has mirror-like properties. On June 5-6, 2012, we will see Venus dance across the face of the sun. The moon’s role in this performance will be an important one — it will act as a mirror, reflecting Venus for us to see!

The Magical Moon

There is something mystical about the moon that has captured many a scholar. In fact, the moon has been studied for years –Galileo, one of its early suitors, first gazed upon it in 1609. Since then, there have been expeditions into the galaxy and plenty of further study. What have the moon’s pursuers discovered about it?

They discovered that we can see just around 59 percent of the surface of the moon because it rotates in-step with the sun. But the surface of the moon that we can see is breathtaking, encouraging many to eagerly anticipate various phases of the lunar cycle.

This Sunday, the moon and sun will collaborate to bring the world a spectacular show.

Did you know that much of the world is waiting in anticipation for the eclipse that will take place this Sunday? The eclipse that’s approaching is not just any eclipse; it is an annular eclipse.

An annular eclipse is one that has the appearance of a “ring of fire.” Why is this? “Because the moon is further away from the earth than it might otherwise be…it will appear smaller than usual, and will let the edges of the sun peek around it.”

The last annular eclipse that was able to been seen from the United States happened twenty years ago. After this Sunday’s eclipse, the next of this particular type won’t happen again for 50 to 80 years.

See the moon for yourself

Would you like have a little piece of the moon for yourself? If so, visit to see our Moonglow patterns. These patterns are basically paintable images of the moon’s landscapes.

This set contains 21 paintable patterns. You can light your home with brilliant Moonglow right now by clicking here.

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Color Theory Basics: The Color Wheel

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The world is filled with infinite shades of color, from a candy-apple-red sports car to a smoldering orange sunset to the crisp green of springtime grass. The popular color wheel simplifies the shades into 12 distinct colors to help illustrate the variations.

Arranged in a circle with 12 sections, the wheel presents a visual representation of the primary colors in the following order: blue, blue/green, green, yellow/green, yellow, yellow/orange, orange, red/orange, red, red/purple, purple, blue/purple. The colors are arranged in a chromatic sequence, with complementary shades opposite one another. These are all of the standalone colors that cannot be created by mixing other hues. Secondary and tertiary hues can then be created by mixing three primary colors (traditionally red, yellow, and blue).

The color wheel is further segmented into active and passive hues. Active colors (reds, oranges, yellows) will appear as more dominant when placed against passive shades, while the passive colors (purples, blues, greens) appear to recede when viewed near the active ones.

In our next post of Color Theory Basics, we’ll explore the art and science behind color combinations.

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