Articles tagged "solar eclipse"

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'Ring of Fire' annular solar eclipse to grace the skies soon after the solstice

An annular solar eclipse will take place on Sunday, June 21, 2020. This is one of the most breathtaking celestial events when the Moon partially obscures the Sun, allowing a "ring of fire" on its edges. The eclipse will start several hours after the...

June 19, 2020

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Total Solar Eclipse of July 2, 2019

A total solar eclipse will be visible on July 2, 2019, from South Pacific, Chile, and Argentina. The instant of greatest eclipse takes place at 19:22 UTC, 2.4 days before the Moon reaches perigee. During the eclipse, the Sun is in the constellation Gemini. The...

July 01, 2019

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Oldest recorded solar eclipse helps date the Egyptian pharaohs

Researchers have pinpointed the date of what could be the oldest solar eclipse yet recorded. The event, which occurred on October 30, 1207 BC could have consequences for the chronology of the ancient world. Using a combination of the biblical text and an ancient...

October 31, 2017

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Night sky guide for August 2017

Solar eclipse chasers, especially those living in the United States, have waited for this month for many years. On August 21, a rare, once-in-a-lifetime event for viewers in the US will make the Moon completely block out the Sun - total solar eclipse, revealing the...

August 01, 2017

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Annular solar eclipse of February 26, 2017

An annular solar eclipse will take place on February 26, 2017, creating a ring of light around the darkened Moon as the Moon will be too far away from the Earth to completely cover the Sun. This is the first of two eclipses in 2017 and comes just 7 months before the...

February 22, 2017

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Annular solar eclipse of September 1, 2016

A large annular eclipse will cover 97% of the Sun on Thursday, September 1, 2016. The whole event will last from 06:13 - 12:00 UTC and will be visible across central Africa southwards to Madagascar and into the Indian Ocean. The partial eclipse will be visible...

August 27, 2016

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Watch the first solar eclipse of 2014 live - non-central annular solar eclipse on April 29

The first solar eclipse of 2014 will occur on April 29. This will be annular solar eclipse - the Moon will be too far away from the Earth to completely cover the Sun resulting in a ring of light around the darkened Moon. This eclipse occurs at the Moon

April 27, 2014

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SDO 2014 spring eclipse season has begun

Twice every year, around the time of the equinoxes, Earth can pass directly between the Sun and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), producing a series of beautiful eclipses. For the next 3 weeks the Earth will pass between SDO and the Sun around 07:30 UTC

March 01, 2014

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Rare hybrid solar eclipse shades Africa

The last eclipse of 2013 was an unusual one. Known as a hybrid eclipse, the Moon blocked just part of the Sun - an annular eclipse - at sunrise in the western Atlantic Ocean, and then moved into total eclipse along a long, narrow path crossing into

November 06, 2013

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Rare hybrid solar eclipse event on November 3, 2013

Annular total solar eclipse will sweep over the Atlantic Ocean and the middle of Africa on November 3, 2013. The eclipse will be total only along a narrow path over the Atlantic Ocean and equatorial Africa from Gabon to Somalia. Most of Africa, the

October 31, 2013

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The solar eclipse cycle - Saros cycle

The periodicity and recurrence of eclipses is governed by the Saros cycle, a period of approximately 6,585.3 days (18 years 11 days 8 hours). It was known to the Chaldeans as a period when lunar eclipses seem to repeat themselves, but the cycle is

September 01, 2013

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Don’t miss this year’s annular solar eclipse on May 9/10

On May 9-10, the Moon will pass directly in front of the sun over the South Pacific, producing the first (annular) solar eclipse this year. At greatest eclipse, 95-98% of the sun’s surface will be covered. An annular eclipse occurs when the Moon eclipses the

May 09, 2013

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Annular solar eclipse on May 9/10, 2013

An annular solar eclipse will take place on May 9/10, 2013, with a magnitude of 0.9544. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partially obscuring the image of the Sun for a

May 06, 2013

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May 2013 Skywatching guide

May 2013 brings few interesting sky events. This years Eta Aquarid meteor shower will peak on May 6 with expected zenith hourly rate of 55 meteors per hour. We are about to experience annular solar eclipse on May 9/10. Annularity will be visible from

April 30, 2013

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SDO's 2013 solar spring eclipse season has begun

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has eclipse seasons twice a year near each equinox. Earth passes directly between the Sun and produces a series of eclipses from the point of view of the spacecraft.The first eclipse of the SDO Spring 2013 Eclipse Season

March 03, 2013

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ESA's Proba-2 recorded three partial solar eclipses last night

Proba-2 sun observing satellite experienced three partial solar eclipses last night while ground-observers watching from northern Australia witnessed a total solar eclipse. ESA's Proba-2 satellite passed through the Moon’s shadow a total of three times during the

November 14, 2012

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This November brings total solar eclipse and penumbral lunar eclipse

November brings us two eclipses in the month. Total solar eclipse will occur on November 13 and penumbral lunar eclipse on November 28, 2012. On November 13, residents of northeastern Australia will see the sun fully obscured by the moon, whose shadow will darken the

November 09, 2012

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Sun turns black! Fear not, it's only SDO eclipse season

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has moved into its second eclipse season of 2012. September 6, 2012, marks the first day of the SDO Fall Eclipse Season. Today's eclipse lasted 8 minutes and 15 seconds only.  Earth blocks SDO's view of the sun for a period

September 06, 2012

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Annular solar eclipse today

An annular solar eclipse will be visible from a 240 to 300 kilometre-wide track that traverses eastern Asia, the northern Pacific Ocean and the western United States. A partial eclipse is seen within the much broader path of the Moon's penumbral shadow, that includes

May 20, 2012

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Partial solar eclipse seen from space

The new Moon passed briefly in front of the sun, positioning itself between SDO spacecraft and Sun, producing a partial solar eclipse on February 21 at 14:11 UTC (about 9:11 a.m. EST). No ground observers could spot it, it was visible only from space.  It was a fairly

February 22, 2012