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Here is the list of several total, annular and hybrid solar eclipses in near future.
 
Here is the list of several total, annular and hybrid solar eclipses in near future.
  
* 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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* 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])
* 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]
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* 2013, May 10 (annular), The pathway crosses parts of central and northern [[Australia]]. ([http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle2001/SE2013May10Agoogle.html NASA interactive eclipse map])
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* 2013, November 3 (hybrid). The pathway crosses central [[Africa]]. ([http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle2001/SE2013Nov03Hgoogle.html NASA interactive map])
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* 2014, April 29 (annular). Only visible from a small area of land in [[Antarctica]]. ([http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle2001/SE2014Apr29Agoogle.html NASA interactive map])
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* 2015, March 20 (total). The pathway crosses the northern Atlantic between [[Iceland]] and the [[United Kingdom]], and is visible from [[Svalbard]]. ([http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle2001/SE2015Mar20Tgoogle.html NASA interactive map])
  
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There are also NASA maps of all annular and total eclipes [http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEatlas/SEatlas3/SEatlas2001.GIF between 2001 and 2020] and [http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEatlas/SEatlas3/SEatlas2021.GIF 2021 and 2040].
  
 
==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==

Revision as of 10:14, 4 November 2012

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This is an article on how to travel to and observe the solar eclipse.

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.

There are also NASA maps of all annular and total eclipes between 2001 and 2020 and 2021 and 2040.

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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