An eclipse takes place late Monday night, my time. That’s early Tuesday morning back on the East Coast.
Academic. Neither place will see it.
The eclipse takes place Tuesday afternoon in Australia. They get a little touch of this annular eclipse.
Annular eclipses occur when the Moon is relatively close to the Earth. That makes it smaller in the sky than the Sun, allowing a small ring of the Sun to remain visible.
As eclipses go, this one just barely makes it.
Much of Antarctica and Australia will see part of the Sun blocked. Only in a tiny region of Antarctica will see the full annular eclipse. There it happens with the Sun on the horizon for just 49 seconds!
The small “D” shaped area where the maximum annular eclipse will be seen is so remote, even for Antarctica, it’s predicted no one will watch it live! No one!
I’m studying up. I’ll be hosting a webcast covering the eclipse late Monday evening on slooh.com. We should have access to live video from Australia where, in some spots, over half the Sun will be blotted out temporarily.
It’s a good chance to rustle up a little scientific curiosity.
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The chart you are showing in your blog, is that eastern or pacific time? It looks like a solar eclipse, not a lunar eclipse, but it is difficult to determine which one it is since in the early morning hours here. What is the chance of seeing it on either coast? It is interesting that it can be established years in advance when they will take place. When I was taking an astronomy class years ago, it showed in the text book some of the upcoming eclipses years in advance.