If you can’t make it to Southern Africa to watch the solar eclipse tomorrow, you can catch it broadcast live from the Slooh Community Observatory, as reported in a detailed article on Space.com:
A partial solar eclipse will darken the skies above southern Africa early Sunday (Sept. 13), and the entire world can watch the spectacle live online. Sunday’s eclipse will be visible to observers throughout South Africa, as well as people in the southern parts of Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Madagascar. But wherever you are, you can view the eclipse live thanks to a free webcast hosted by the Slooh Community Observatory. The Slooh show begins at 12:30 a.m. EDT (0430 GMT) Sunday and can be viewed live on Slooh.com along with the observatory’s archive of night sky webcasts. It will run through 5 a.m. EDT (0900 GMT), with the time of maximum eclipse expected at 3 a.m. EDT (0700 GMT).
You can also watch the solar eclipse live on Space.com, courtesy of Slooh. The webcast will feature Slooh astronomer Bob Berman and solar researcher Lucie Green.
Ever wondered how it is that total solar eclipses can happen at all? The Space.com article answers that with this interesting factiod:
That total solar eclipses can occur at all is a strange accident of cosmic geometry. The sun is about 400 times wider than the moon, but it’s also 400 times farther from Earth, so the two objects are roughly the same size in Earth’s sky.
While partial solar eclipses are interesting events, total eclipses are more exciting both visually and scientifically, experts say.
“During a total solar eclipse, the moon is a near-perfect fit for the sun’s disk, so almost all of the corona is visible,” Jack Ireland, a solar physicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, said in a statement.
The corona is the sun’s thin atmosphere, which is ordinarily tough to observe because it gets lost in the overwhelming glare coming from the solar surface.
Therefore, total solar eclipses are the perfect opportunities for astronomers to study the sun’s corona.
Get all the facts on tomorrow’s eclipse in Space.com’s highly informative article.
Source: Space.com – “Watch Sunday’s Partial Solar Eclipse Live in Slooh Webcast“
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