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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 4:38 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Solar Eclipse Turns Sun Into 'Ring of Fire' This Week
May 6, 2013  The moon will block the sun in a potentially spectacular solar eclipse this week — a celestial event that will transform the sun into a cosmic "ring of fire" in the daytime sky.
The ring-shaped solar eclipse , known as an annular eclipse, will occur Thursday and Friday (May 9 and 10)  Eastern time. Weather permitting, the eclipse will be visible in certain parts of Australia and the Southern Pacific Ocean, where the local time will be Friday.

"Solar eclipses can be inspirational to students and others, so it is interesting to have everyone view the eclipse, but only safe methods of viewing should be used," Jay Pasachoff, an astronomer at Williams College and chair of the International Astronomical Union's working group on eclipses, said in a statement. [See Spectacular Photos of a 'Ring of Fire' Solar Eclipse]

While nearly 95 percent of the sun will be covered by the moon at the eclipse's peak, the sky will not be noticeably darker to the naked eye at any point, explained Williams College officials in Williamstown, Mass.

For this reason, special protective lenses, camera and telescope filters and other methods of protection should be used in order to safely watch the eclipse even during full annularity, when the sun is silhouetting the moon.

The path of annularity passes through parts of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland in Australia. Other nearby parts of the world will be able to see a partial solar eclipse, if weather permits.

The Hawaiian Islands, other parts of Australia, the southern Philippines, eastern Indonesia, other areas in Papua New Guinea and a small part of New Zealand will get at least a partial show, Williams College officials said.

The entire world should be able to catch a glimpse of the annular eclipse thanks to the online Slooh Space Camera. Slooh will host a webcast featuring expert commentary and views of the eclipse on Thursday starting at 5:30 p.m. EDT (2130 GMT). You can watch the broadcast live on SPACE.com.

During annular solar eclipses, the moon casts a shadow on the face of the Earth when it passes between the planet and the star. Because of its orbit, however, the moon still appears about 4.5 percent smaller than the sun, creating the distinct ring in the sky, Joe Rao, a SPACE.com contributor and meteorologist said.

This week's solar eclipse comes on the heels of a partial lunar eclipse that shadowed the moon above Central Asia, Western Australia, Eastern Europe and Africa.  Another minor lunar eclipse will occur on May 24.

These aren't the only eclipses of 2013. On Nov. 3, a rare hybrid solar eclipse — an annular eclipse that transitions into a total eclipse — will be visible in the northern Atlantic Ocean and into equatorial Africa.
WARNING: Never look directly at the sun during an eclipse with a telescope or your unaided eye. Severe eye damage can result and scientists use special filters to safely view the sun.
http://news.yahoo.com/solar-eclip...sun-ring-fire-week-173132339.html


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'Ring of Fire' Solar Eclipse Today: How to Watch Live
5/9/13
http://news.yahoo.com/ring-fire-s...e-today-watch-live-114056740.html

The moon will block part of the sun today (May 9) to create a potentially amazing "ring of fire" and you can watch the celestial sight live online.

The "ring of fire" solar eclipse — known as an annular solar eclipse — will be viewable (weather permitting) over certain areas of Australia and islands in the Southern Pacific Ocean where the local time will be Friday (May 10). If you don't happen to live in those parts of the world, however, you can still catch the cosmic show.

The online Slooh Space Camera will host a free webcast featuring live views of the eclipse today, beginning at 5:30 p.m. EDT (2130 GMT). You can watch it live on SPACE.com, courtesy of Slooh. [See Spectacular Photos of a 'Ring of Fire' Solar Eclipse]

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Solar eclipse
Nov. 3, 2013
The only total solar eclipse of 2013 will occur Nov 3, Sunday. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon gets between Earth and the sun, and the moon casts a shadow over Earth.
A rare solar eclipse will sweep Africa, Europe and the United States, allowing a view of the Sun which is totally or partially blocked out by the Moon.
The eclipse event will begin about sunrise east of Florida.
The best view of the total eclipse on land will be in Gabon.
The total eclipse will then sweep east across the African continent. Partial views will be available in eastern North America and southern Europe.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24793350
http://news.yahoo.com/sunday-sola...-moons-shadow-land-152542067.html
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We've had a number of these in recent years.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Australia solar eclipse
April 29, 2014
 Australia will be one of the few places in the world where the eclipse is visible.
This solar eclipse occurs only once every 73 years.
The crescent sun, an annular eclipse meaning that the moon is too far away to completely block out the sun.
What makes this eclipse – the first of 2014 - unusual is that it is non-central, meaning that the center of the Moon shadow will not fall on Earth, instead passing above the Southern Hemisphere sky.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/...st-its-shadow-20140429-zr155.html
http://rt.com/news/155508-rare-eclipse-australia-

Some speculate an eclipse heralds WAR
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Solar eclipse Sunday
Feb 25, 2017  
-  Rare ring of fire solar eclipse Sunday as the moon crosses in front of the sun.
http://bit.ly/2liw1Tu
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/rare-...ll-give-sky-gazers-a-treat-sunday

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