Friday, July 18, 2008

Total Eclipse Of The Sun 8/1 - Partial Lunar Eclipse Later in August

Both dangerous and awe-ful, amazing and still able to blind you if not careful - the first TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN since 2006 is headed our way for August 1st.

                    

The above partial eclipse was made using metal-covered glass solar filters.  Gazing at the Sun, eclipse or not, is dangerous but more so at the time of an eclipse, as you're prone to keep gazing for a length of time you wouldn't normally do.  That's how the optical damage occurs.

More than a billion people will get to see a bite taken out of the Sun that day.  From sunrise on the northeastern fringes of North America, to sunset in China, Korea and Southeast Asia, a partial eclipse of the Sun sweeps across a wide area of the world.  But there's more, of course.

                

Remember February's lunar eclipse, phases shown above?  We'll also be getting a PARTIAL LUNAR ECLIPSE later in August.  The shadow of the Earth will be cast onto the moon once again, visible. 

Heads up in August.    

 

 

6 comments:

pharmolo said...

Thanks Cathy, have relayed

jeanno43 said...

With our weather forecast here, I doubt we will see much of anything in the skies.  They say it will be chilly, overcast and raining.  Ho hum

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jmorancoyle said...

    You know one of the coolest things I've ever done with my kids was when we went Downtown to watch the eclipse over Lake Michigan. We stood in the parking lot at Soldier Field with thousands of others. Lake Shore Drive barely moved because so many had come Downtown to watch. There were other times when the eclipse took place either on the weekend, during the summer months, or early enough where the kids didn't have to worry about losing sleep and affecting school the next day, where we brought lawn chairs out and watched. I'm still in awe of lunar eclipses. I barely remember solar eclipses from when I was little.
Jude
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gazker said...

Knowing my luck in Blighty, it'll be chucking it down.
Gaz ;-)

malagutigrrl said...

Wow.  Glad you mentioned this otherwise I'da thought the sky was falling!
xo
MJ

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