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==Understand==
 
==Understand==
A solar eclipse is an astronomical phenomenon, in which the Sun is obscured by the Moon (wholly - '''total eclipse''' or partialy - '''partial eclipse''' or '''annular eclipse'''). A total eclipse is a very strange and beautiful spectacle as an observer can see the Sun's atmosphere with the naked eye.
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A solar eclipse is an astronomical phenomenon, in which the sun is obscured by the ,oon. There are several types of solar eclipse:
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* '''total''' in which the normally visible parts of the Sun are totally obscured, causing night-like darkness to fall for several minutes, and the conorna — the sun's normally invisible atmosphere — to be seen radiating around the black circle of the moon
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* '''annular'' in which the ,oon obscures the centre of the sun, causing a bright ring to be seen around the dark moon
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* '''hybrid''' in which at various points along the eclipse's path either a annular or total eclipse is seen
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* '''partial''' in which a fraction of the sun's surface is obscured by part of the moon
  
The event takes place several times a year, but is visible only for a few minutes or seconds and only from a narrow ribbon of Earth. That makes it a great travel destination with once-in-a-lifetime show.
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Total eclipses are the most dramatic solar eclipse, a very strange and beautiful spectacle. A total solar eclipse occurs somewhere on Earth once or twice most years but is only visible from a narrow ribbon of the surface — the eclipse's path — with a partial eclipse experienced in a wider area. Partial eclipses are the least dramatic: unless one is viewing the eclipse deliberately it often just appears to be a somewhat dim day, as if overcast.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
Here is the list of several solar eclipses in near future. Total ones are '''emphasized'''.
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Here is the list of several total, annular and hybrid solar eclipses in near future.
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* 2012, November 14 (total). The pathway of totality crosses in far north-eastern [[Australia]], including the resort towns of [[Cairns]] and [[Port Douglas]], as well as [[Cape York]] and [[Kakadu National Park]]. [http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle2001/SE2012Nov13Tgoogle.html NASA interactive eclipse map]
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* 2013, May 10 (annular), visible from parts of central and northern [[Australia]]. [http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle2001/SE2013May10Agoogle.html NASA interactive eclipse map]
  
* '''July 22, 2009 - Total eclipse''' visible from [[India]], Eastern [[Nepal]], Northern [[Bangladesh]], Northern [[Myanmar]], [[Bhutan]], [[China]] and [[Tokara Islands]] and [[Ogasawara Islands]] of [[Japan]].[http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEmono/TSE2009/TSE2009.html 1]
 
* January 15, 2010 - Annular eclipse visible from [[Central Africa]], [[Maldives]], [[India]], [[Sri Lanka]], [[Myanmar]], [[China]].
 
* '''July 11, 2010 - Total eclipse''' visible from [[Argentina]], [[Chile]] and [[Easter Island]].
 
  
 
==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==

Revision as of 09:50, 4 November 2012

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Understand

A solar eclipse is an astronomical phenomenon, in which the sun is obscured by the ,oon. There are several types of solar eclipse:

  • total in which the normally visible parts of the Sun are totally obscured, causing night-like darkness to fall for several minutes, and the conorna — the sun's normally invisible atmosphere — to be seen radiating around the black circle of the moon
  • 'annular in which the ,oon obscures the centre of the sun, causing a bright ring to be seen around the dark moon
  • hybrid in which at various points along the eclipse's path either a annular or total eclipse is seen
  • partial in which a fraction of the sun's surface is obscured by part of the moon

Total eclipses are the most dramatic solar eclipse, a very strange and beautiful spectacle. A total solar eclipse occurs somewhere on Earth once or twice most years but is only visible from a narrow ribbon of the surface — the eclipse's path — with a partial eclipse experienced in a wider area. Partial eclipses are the least dramatic: unless one is viewing the eclipse deliberately it often just appears to be a somewhat dim day, as if overcast.

See

Here is the list of several total, annular and hybrid solar eclipses in near future.


Stay safe

Never look at the Sun with the unaided eye or with a telescope, not even for second and not even if only 1% of the Sun is visible. This may seriously damage your eye and even make you blind. Always use the dedicated filter, which you can buy in an astronomy shop or at least use a diskette or fully exposed and developed negative photographic film to protect your eye.

As the moon fully obscures the sun (only during total eclipses) it becomes safe to look directly and see the beautiful corona (Sun's atmosphere).

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