Friday, August 1, 2008

2008 August 1st - total solar eclipse

This eclipse of the Sun is a northern hemisphere event. The total eclipse starts at sunrise in the extreme north of Canada. At first it moves to the east into the Arctic, skirting northern Greenland and passing north Scandinavia. As it moves north of Russia the path turns to the south east passing through Siberia to skirt western Mongolia and on into China where it ends at sunset north of Wuhan.
On Friday, 1st August 2008, a total solar eclipse of the Sun is visible from a narrow corridor that traverses half the Earth. The path of the Moon’s umbral shadow begins in Canada and extends across northern Greenland, the Arctic, central Russia, Mongolia, and finally China where it will end at sunset. The path of totality begins in northern Canada and ends in northern China. The instant of greatest eclipse occurs at 10:21:07 UT (latitude 65° 39'N, longitude 72° 18'E) when the axis of the Moon’s shadow passes closest to the centre of Earth. Totality reaches its maximum duration of 2min 27s. The above information was obtained from http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/OH/OH2008.html

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