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  Solar eclipse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The magnitude of an eclipse is the ratio of the apparent size of the Moon to the apparent size of the Sun during an eclipse.
During a central eclipse, the Moon's umbra (or antumbra, in the case of an annular eclipse) moves rapidly from west to east across the Earth.
A solar eclipse of 15 June 763 BC mentioned in an Assyrian text is important for the Chronology of the Ancient Orient.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Solar_eclipse   (4442 words)

 Eclipse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For solar eclipses, the viewer is in the penumbra part of the Moon's shadow.
For solar eclipses, the viewer is in the antumbra part of the Moon's shadow.
The ratio between the apparent sizes of the eclipsing body and that of the luminary is called the magnitude of the eclipse.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Eclipse   (1300 words)

 The TOTAL Solar Eclipse Web Sight - The Science AND Religion
A total eclipse of the sun is probably the single most spectacular and genuinely awe inspiring cyclical and regularly occurring astronomical phenomenon that human beings may directly witness with their own eyes and live to tell about it.
In fact a whole flock of mythical birds of the sun were inspired by this total solar eclipse sunbird such as the ancient Egyptian solar falcon god Horus, Garuda, the roc (rukh) and, in all probability, the legendary Thunderbird of Native American religious beliefs and mythology.
aka total/annular eclipse that, because of the virtually identical apparent sizes of the sun and moon during this solar eclipse and ALL hybrid solar eclipses, combines a brief total solar eclipse in the central portion of the eclipse path with an annular eclipse at the eastern and western extremities of the eclipse path.
totalsolareclipses.homestead.com   (882 words)

 Solar Eclipse - Astronomy for Kids
When a solar eclipse occurs, what has happened is that the Moon has passed in front of the Sun and either partially or totally blocked it from our view.
The most impressive, of course, is a total solar eclipse, which is an eclipse where the Moon completely covers the face of the Sun.
In fact, eclipses should be possible anywhere in the solar system where a planet's moons are the right distance to cast a shadow on the surface of the planet.
www.dustbunny.com /afk/skywonders/solareclipse   (769 words)

 ipedia.com: Solar eclipse Article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
A solar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Moon and Earth are on a single line with the Moon in the middle.
Total and annular eclipses both occur when the Moon lines up with the Sun exactly, but since the Moon's orbit is not perfectly circular it is sometimes farther away from Earth and doesn't always cover the entire solar disc from an Earthly vantage point.
A total eclipse of the Sun was visible from the Greek island of Ithaca on April 16, 1178 BC.
www.ipedia.com /solar_eclipse.html   (2044 words)

 Solar Eclipses
The common perception that eclipses are infrequent is because the observation of a total eclipse from a given point on the surface of the Earth is not a common occurrence.
Annular Solar Eclipses occur when a region on the Earth's surface is in line with the umbra, but the distances are such that the tip of the umbra does not reach the Earth's surface.
Because solar eclipses are the result of periodic motion of the Moon about the Earth, there are regularities in the timing of eclipses that give cycles of related eclipses.
csep10.phys.utk.edu /astr161/lect/time/eclipses.html   (1104 words)

 NASA - NASA Shares Solar Eclipse With the World
A total solar eclipse is very rare because all parts of this puzzle must line up correctly in order for it to occur.
Though SOHO can observe the solar corona on the face of the Sun and can observe the outer part of the solar corona, the "doughnut" between those images is not visible from Earth except during total solar eclipses.
Merging the eclipse image with the space image from SOHO allows astronomers to trace features in the corona from their bases on the Sun's surface up until the gas escapes into interplanetary space; some of this gas winds up hitting our Earth's upper atmosphere.
www.nasa.gov /vision/universe/solarsystem/sun_earthday2006.html   (799 words)

 Solar Eclipse June 2001
A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon comes between the Sun and the observer.
Eclipses have always been associated with legends, myths and symbols which constitute a rich source of inspiration in different cultures and epochs.
A solar eclipse is one of Nature's most glorious spectacles.
sci2.esa.int /specialevents/eclipse2001   (266 words)

 Solar Eclipses for Beginners
An earlier total eclipse occurred on February 26, 1998 and was visible from the Caribbean.
A total solar eclipse was visible from Hawaii and Mexico on July 11, 1991.
The next two total solar eclipses visible from the United States occur on Aug. 21, 2017 and Apr. 8, 2024.
www.mreclipse.com /Special/SEprimer.html   (1630 words)

 NASA - Total Solar Eclipse of 2006 March 29
A partial eclipse will be seen within the much broader path of the Moon's penumbral shadow, which includes the northern two thirds of Africa, Europe, and central Asia.
The material here is adapted from the NASA Technical Publication "Total Solar Eclipse of 2006 March 29" (NASA/TP-2004-212762).
All eclipse calculations are by Fred Espenak, and he assumes full responsibility for their accuracy.
sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov /eclipse/SEmono/TSE2006/TSE2006.html   (1031 words)

 Solar Eclipse
Of course, eclipses are easily predictable, and even in Talmudic times the astronomers were already able to accurately predict celestial cycles.
Because the orbits of the moon and earth are tilted at an angle, and the line-up is usually not precise enough for an eclipse.
Rabbi Simmons is incorrect in one respect: It is potentially dangerous to look at a solar eclipse only during the partial phases, when some part of the solar photosphere is still visible.
www.aish.com /societywork/sciencenature/solar_eclipse.asp   (1166 words)

 Solar Eclipse 2005   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
During a partial eclipse of the sun, the moon covers only a fraction of the solar disk, taking a curved "bite" out of our star.
The eclipse there will be total, with the moon briefly covering all of the sun.
Astronomy trivia: Eclipses that are total in some places and annular in others are called hybrid eclipses.
science.nasa.gov /headlines/y2005/01apr_solareclipse.htm   (654 words)

 BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Moon's shadow moves across Earth
The annular eclipse, as it is known, cast a dark shadow over much of Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Further north and south of the darkest path, a partial eclipse was seen, with the Moon observed to take a large chunk out of the Sun.
The effect of an annular eclipse is to throw an "antumbra", or "negative shadow", on the Earth's surface as the Moon moves across the face of the Sun.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/sci/tech/4299074.stm   (643 words)

 BBC - Science & Nature - Space - Solar Elipses
A solar eclipse occurs when the Sun, the Moon and the Earth all line up.
Hybrid - A hybrid eclipse is one which appears as a total eclipse in some parts of the world, and as an annular eclipse in others.
The Moon is moving slowly away from the Earth (at a rate of a couple of centimetres a year.) In a billion years time, the Moon will appear too small for there to be any total solar eclipses at all.
www.bbc.co.uk /science/space/solarsystem/sun/solareclipse.shtml   (578 words)

 Solar Eclipse   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
These are the places to be on Saturday, May 31st, to see the first solar eclipse of 2003.
May 30, 2003: Total eclipses of the sun are breathtaking, jaw-dropping.
Europe, Canada and Alaska are good places to be because the eclipse occurs at special times: In Europe the event happens at sunrise (Saturday morning, May 31st); in Alaska and Canada at sunset (Friday evening, May 30th).
science.nasa.gov /headlines/y2003/30may_solareclipse.htm   (911 words)

 Eclipses Online: Solar and Lunar Eclipses past, present and future   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Eclipses Online is HMNAO's canon of eclipses which contains a wealth of information on solar and lunar eclipses past, present and future.
This canon provides global and local circumstances, animations and eclipse panoramas for partial, annular, total and hybrid solar eclipses in the period 1501 CE to 2100 CE.
Similarly, global circumstances of penumbral, partial and total lunar eclipses are available for the same period.
www.eclipse.org.uk   (165 words)

 eclipse, total solar eclipse -- The Earth View ECLIPSE Network
"Eclipses Throughout the Ages", adapted from Chapter 1 of the book ECLIPSE by Bryan Brewer, recounts famous eclipses in history, and explores eclipse myths and folklore from a diversity of cultures around the Earth.
ECLIPSE author Bryan Brewer takes a look at selected eclipses of the next four decades that offer appealing travel opportunities, interesting coincidences in time and space, or unique attributes to intrigue the mind.
The goal of the Earth View ECLIPSE Network is to serve as a focal point for sharing of information, ideas, and experiences related to eclipses.
www.earthview.com   (246 words)

 Hermit Eclipse   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
With a magnitude of just 0.190, the partial phase won't be very easy to see; but the shading caused by the penumbral phase should be visible to careful observers.
What is an eclipse, and the effects that eclipses have on the Earth.
Explanation of the the types of solar eclipses, and why they occur.
www.hermit.org /Eclipse   (480 words)

 Iran 1999 eclipse report
Solar crescents formed by multiple pinhole projection during the eclipse.
The initial reason was the total solar eclipse, but I was also looking forward to seeing a country that is almost unknown to most Americans.
We had three days until the eclipse and were going to sample the history and many cultures of the country before and for a few days after the natural event that had brought us to Iran.
www.mssimmons.com /ms/Iran/Eclipse99/Report.html   (2213 words)

 Annular solar eclipse 31 May 2003
On Saturday, 2003 May 31, an annular eclipse of the Sun was visible from within a broad corridor which traverses the far Northern Hemisphere.
A partial eclipse was observed within the much broader path of the Moon's penumbral shadow, which included most of Europe (except Spain and Portugal) and the Middle East as well as from central and northern Asia.
In northern Europe a large partial eclipse was visible the early morning.
www.xs4all.nl /~carlkop/zoneclips/eclipse.html   (568 words)

 Solar Eclipse Photography and Sound
Likewise, the sounds of the eclipse (before, during and after) are an integral part of your memory of the event.
I watched and listened to the eclipse of March 29, 2006 in Salloum Egypt, and recorded sound continuously for 4 1/2 hours as I wandered around the viewing site and the event unfolded.
Since photographing this Eclipse in 1991, I've made it a point to schedule vacations around the possibility of viewing another solar eclipse.
www.andromeda.com /people/ddyer/photo/solar-eclipse.html   (1441 words)

 Solar Eclipse Animation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
This animation illustrates a total solar eclipse as the umbra of the Moons shadow passes over a narrow region on the surface of the Earth.
Not shown is the penumbra, which will cause a partial eclipse on either side of the path of totality.
Distances are not to scale, and we have idealized the illustration by fixing the Earth in space relative to the Sun.
csep10.phys.utk.edu /astr161/lect/time/eclipse_anim.html   (83 words)

 Solar Eclipse 1999
A wealth of information about past and future eclipses, including both solar and lunar eclipses, is now available at the main hermit.org Eclipse site.
partial eclipse (blue) and the much narrower track of the total eclipse (red).
Since Cornwall has special problems due to the tiny area of land which sees the eclipse, there is also a special page of Cornwall news for the eclipse.
www.hermit.org /Eclipse1999   (299 words)

 SPACE.com -- Viewer's Guide to the June 10 Solar Eclipse
One unusual circumstance of this eclipse is that because the Moon's shadow falls upon the Earth's surface to the west of the International Date Line, the eclipse will begin on Tuesday, June 11th.
The eclipse will still be in progress eight minutes later when the Sun sets with only eleven percent of its diameter obscured.
At all of these locations, enough of the Sun will be obscured at maximum eclipse to possibly cause a subtle diminution in the overall illumination of the sky.
www.space.com /spacewatch/ecplise_2002_020607-1.html   (1168 words)

 APOD: 2005 April 7 - Solar Eclipse in View   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
appearing as either an annular eclipse or a total eclipse when viewed from along the narrow track of the Moon's shadow.
Skywatchers along the beginning and end of the shadow track will see an annular eclipse of the Sun, with the Moon's silhouette briefly surrounded by a bright ring of fire, while observers along the middle of the track will witness a total eclipse phase.
But the good news is that over a much broader region of the globe, including New Zealand and much of South and North America, a partial eclipse can be seen as the Moon appears to take a bite out of the Sun.
antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov /apod/ap050407.html   (223 words)

 A Rare Solar Eclipse
Sunglasses can only filter harmful rays during total solar eclipses at their greatest magnitude.
Find three websites on solar eclipses and compare them based on five points of website evaluation: Authority and Credibility, Citation and Accuracy, Content, Design, and Timeliness or Currency.
If you want to watch a solar eclipse, be sure to use solar eclipse glases to protect your eyes from view the sun.
www.esl-lab.com /sun/sunrd1.htm   (253 words)

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