Wednesday, June 29, 2011

July 1, 2011: Partial Solar Eclipse

As the month of June passes, the last eclipse of this month's eclipse trifecta comes to a close. You should that that this would be the grandest of all, but actually it will be one of the poorest eclipses viewed in years. The moon's shadow just passes over the South Atlantic Ocean/East Indian Ocean, so that no land is in view (only a tidbit of Antarctica: but who lives there!) Only people in ships or boats will be able to view the moon block out only 9.7% of the Sun's disk - which is nothing. Below is a visibility chart.

But, on a higher note, This eclipse starts a new Saros! This is incredible! praises, "The Saros family of eclipses is famous for bringing about a succeeding eclipse every 18 years and 11 and 1/3 days – or sometimes 10 and 1/3 days – depending on the number of intervening leap years. Saros series 156 will present its last eclipse on July 14, 3237."

The greatest eclipse occurs at 08:39:11 UT with a magnitude of 0.096 at latitude -65° 09.5’, longitude +28° 38.9’. You can watch this live here (when the time comes). Below is an image of the moon's shadow passing over the earth.

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