Monday, July 28, 2008

Solar Eclipse Friday...

...Or, as the Exploratorium calls the event, the "Sun-Eating Dragon." The above is a diagram lifted from this NASA website showing the path of totality (full-sized here). The eclipse will start in Northern China, the right side of the blue band in the map above, and move westward, ending in Northeastern Canada. (Followup: Oops, got this backwards- it starts in Eastern Canada, moves eastward, and ends in NE Asia after passing across N. Europe) In the US, only Maine will see a bit of the partial eclipse, just after sunrise. The Exploratorium will be doing a live web broadcast here starting at 6:30 AM Eastern, 3:30 AM Pacific (10:30 UT). Their eclipse page is here, with a variety of links to eclipse-related info.

I've seen a number of partial eclipses; those are awesome enough. A total eclipse would be a real mind-blower, but I think this is as close as I'm likely to get.

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