There are two solar eclipses that will occur in 2012 with the first one due to take place on the 20th May. So that is not too far away.
We are going to be writing more about solar energy and radiant energy on this site – it is a fascinating subject and with so much emphasis these days on alternative energy generation in our homes, solar energy and radiant energy are on the top of the list for small DIY projects.
A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, and the Moon fully or partially blocks the Sun. This can happen only during a new moon, when the Sun and the Moon are in conjunction as seen from Earth. In a total eclipse, the disk of the Sun is fully obscured by the Moon. In partial and annular eclipses only part of the Sun is obscured. At least two, and up to five, solar eclipses occur each year; no more than two can be total eclipses. Total solar eclipses are nevertheless rare at any particular location because totality exists only along a narrow path on the Earth’s surface traced by the Moon’s shadow or umbra.
An eclipse is a natural phenomenon. Nevertheless, in ancient times, and in some cultures today, solar eclipses have been attributed to supernatural causes or regarded as bad omens. A total solar eclipse can be frightening to people who are unaware of their astronomical explanation, as the Sun seems to disappear during the day and the sky darkens in a matter of minutes.
As it is dangerous to look directly at the Sun, observers should use special eye protection or indirect viewing techniques. People referred to as eclipse chasers or umbraphiles will travel to remote locations to observe or witness predicted central solar eclipses.
You can read more about the upcoming solar eclipse form the official NASA solar eclipse website here
Radiant energy is a type of energy that is produced by electromagnetic waves and is measured by integrating radiant flux with time. In simple terms, radiant energy is any form of energy that can be moved from one surface to another without any need for a carrying medium.
The unit of measurement of radiant energy is the joule. This type of energy is most commonly associated with solar energy and radiometry.
The sun is considered the primary radiant energy generator, and energy can be collected using various natural or mad-made collectors. A good example of a natural collector is the atmosphere of the earth.
Main sources of radiant energy
Visible light is the waves in the electromagnetic spectrum that can be seen by the human eye. These waves move in different frequencies, which is the reason for the difference in colors that humans see. The colors are a result of the waves bouncing off nearby surfaces and in the absorption and reflection of light from surfaces. Continue reading
It is no secret that Sir William Crookes was the mastermind behind the discovery of Radiant energy properties. His discovery took place in the year 1875, and since then has prompted others into farther experimentation with solar uses. One scientist Nikola Tesla made some interesting discoveries concerning electrostatic charges and their results. His persistence led to the invention of light that we now call radiant energy. Tesla radiant energy discoveries showed that this type of energy was easily transferable from one place to another. He also proved that light traveled almost the same way as sound does, by sign waves.
Nikola Tesla works with Radiant Energy
His discoveries led him to invent light systems and motors that ran by electricity. This was indeed a time for celebration. However, when 1934 came along, another inventor by the name of Thomas Henry Moray invented a 50,000-watt box that was being powered by radiant energy. Later, Gray would make an even larger discovery, which would lead to the electric motor, which was energized by an 80-horse power radiant energy generator. The system could keep its own batteries powered, while it was still putting out power on the end. With all of these inventions to build upon, in the 1980’s Baumann a Switzerland scientist was able to invent a large amount of “Testatika” machines, which was able to run on their own power.
Radiant Energy is Free Energy
Even later, other inventors came along and began to improve, add to, and build upon the start of something amazing. The history of this old but newly found energy has proven to be a remarkable discovery. The ideal of free energy is probably an electric company’s worse nightmare. However, none of these inventors could have been as successful as they had been, if it had not been for one inquisitive pioneer. Tesla was a born genius in his time, as his timely discovery in 1882 of a powerful rotating magnetic field proves to be useful, even today. People all over the world are enjoying one of his greatest inventions the AC power source for electric outlet use. He was a man of the past with a vision for the future.
His inventions have been the starting point for wireless remote control, fluorescent light, super-charged engines and more. Thanks to his ingenuity, the world now knows that energy can be transmitted underground from one country or state to another. Tesla spent countless hours testing and proving that radiant energy was just another source of free solar energy.