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Glow Facts

26 February 2015
European Solar Eclipse 2015

Britain is due to be plunged into darkness as the first solar eclipse for 16 years takes place on Friday 20th March and will last for up to a whopping 2 hours!

Other Glow Facts

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Moon dust smells like gun powder.

Glow Fact 17 February 2015 16:51:07 GMT

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The world’s longest lasting rainbow (or longest observed) was seen over Sheffield from 9am – 3pm on 14th March 1994.

Glow Fact 11 February 2015 10:19:26 GMT

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It was Newton that came up with the notion that rainbows have seven colours, influenced by the belief of the time that the universe runs to a law of seven, Newton added orange and indigo to the colour range giving a neat spectrum of seven. In reality there are no clear lines as the colours blend and fade into each other creating a multitude of colours.

Glow Fact 5 February 2015 10:49:03 GMT

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Nyctophobia is the term for fear of the dark

Glow Fact 27 January 2015 11:41:15 GMT

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Will O the Wisps are balls of light that are seen hovering over swamps at night and look similar to blue lanterns burning. They're caused by burning swamp gases that develop from the breakdown of organic matter in persistently wet areas, and are most definitely not supernatural!

Glow Fact 20 January 2015 16:55:56 GMT

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Not only does artificial lighting leave us feeling sleepy, our cortisol levels drop significantly under artificial or poor lighting conditions too. That means that we’ll be more stressed, and have less ability to stabilize our energy levels. Another good reason to get outside!

Glow Fact 12 January 2015 11:43:25 GMT

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In the 4th Century BC, Plato conceived of an "extramission theory" of sight, where visual perception depends on light that emanates from the eyes and "seizes objects with its rays." Think Cyclops from X-Men and you're there!

Glow Fact 5 January 2015 10:31:39 GMT

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Every year over 20 million pounds of discarded Christmas lights make their way to Shijiao China (near Guangzhou), the World capital for recycling Christmas lights.

Glow Fact 15 December 2014 11:26:28 GMT

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Christmas wreaths traditionally feature five candles, the first four are lit on each Sunday of the advent, whilst the central fifth candle which is pure white and represents Christ is lit on Christmas Eve.

Glow Fact 1 December 2014 11:57:53 GMT

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Every year since 1947, the people of Oslo, Norway have given a Christmas tree to the city of Westminster, England. The gift is an expression of good will and gratitude for Britain's help to Norway during World War II.

Glow Fact 17 November 2014 08:35:22 GMT