8 March 2016 Total Solar Eclipse

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Christopher K.
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8 March 2016 Total Solar Eclipse

Post by Christopher K. » March 7th, 2016, 4:54 pm

The total solar eclipse tomorrow evening cannot be seen from the contiguous United States, but that doesn't mean we can't watch it!

At 5am tomorrow on NASA-TV2 there will be live media interviews concerning the eclipse. At 6pm tomorrow, also on NASA-TV2, various live telescope views will begin to be shown. These views will be unedited and without commentary. At 7pm on NASA-TV1 and NASA-TV3 live coverage from Micronesia begins. (This eclipse is on 9 March at many of the affected locations.)

Totality will occur from 7:38pm CST to 7:42pm CST. Nelson Reginald from Goddard states that the amount of light from a totally-eclipsed Sun is equivalent to the amount of light from the Full Moon.

Interactive Map:
http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/S ... oogle.html

More information:
http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa- ... ar-eclipse
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronom ... 030420165/

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Re: 8 March 2016 Total Solar Eclipse

Post by Christopher K. » March 8th, 2016, 6:57 pm

Don't forget to tune in, in just a few minutes! During total eclipses songbirds go silent (replaced by frogs and crickets), ants return to their nest and sheep walk back to their sleeping areas. This is the only total eclipse of 2016 (the eclipse will be partial in Guam and American Samoa); totality will be about two minutes.

The latest ScienceCast is entitled "Indonesia Solar Eclipse". This video is currently the first one listed at NASA's video archive...
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html

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Re: 8 March 2016 Total Solar Eclipse

Post by Christopher K. » March 11th, 2016, 7:44 pm

Well, it has come and gone. I watched the live feed on NASA. It was very thrilling even indirectly; a nice flare appeared right before totality. Of course several beautiful photos now grace the internet.

A nice shot of totality from Indonesia (note the men in the coconut tree):
http://spaceweathergallery.com/full_ima ... 495071.jpg

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