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Post by George on August 1st 2008, 5:22 am

There is an eclipse taking part now as i type this message i have had to turn the lights on.
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Post by Guest on August 1st 2008, 6:35 am

Awesome. I knew it was happening today but we can't see it from here, we're too far away from the Moon's shadow and anyway, the Sun has just set here about half an hour ago.

Here's the position of the Sun and Moon viewed from here as of about 5 minutes ago (if they were still visible):



That's about as close as the Moon gets to the Sun from where I am. I can't see it, of course. That screenshot was taken from the program Stellarium.

http://www.stellarium.org/

Great program. cool


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Post by George on August 1st 2008, 6:37 am

Yeh i am looking at vids on youtube.
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Post by Guest on August 1st 2008, 6:53 am

Couldn't have gotten too dark there, George? Here's another screenshot showing the maximum eclipse visible from the UK (about one and three quarter hours ago):



A view of the total eclipse would have been spectacular.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_eclipse_of_August_1,_2008

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Post by George on August 1st 2008, 6:55 am

We did have it a little bit it was on the news aswell it went dark and we needed the lgights on.
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Post by Guest on August 1st 2008, 7:37 am

The next one will be on January 26th, 2009 and it'll be visible from here in Perth, WA, at about 5 in the afternoon.



The Moon will be covering the Sun by about the same amount as it just did for you, George.

Here's what it will look like from the middle of the Indian Ocean, about halfway between Perth, WA and Cape Town, in South Africa.



It will be an Annular Eclipse.


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Post by George on August 1st 2008, 7:38 am

cool we wont c it will we
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Post by Guest on August 1st 2008, 7:48 am

windowsvista wrote:cool we wont c it will we

Nope, it'll be happening just after sunrise your time that day. But, the Moon will 'miss' covering any part of the Sun by just over one Sun (or Moon) diameter from where you are.

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Post by George on August 1st 2008, 8:47 am

Cool ok.
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Post by Guest on August 1st 2008, 10:15 am

This is a great picture:

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap990830.html

First time I've seen that one. Cool

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Post by George on August 1st 2008, 10:16 am

Cool u r knowledgeable
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Post by Doc on August 1st 2008, 10:58 am

windowsvista wrote:Cool u r knowledgeable

Yep! That's our ole knowledgeable Carl!

But it's the Observer that's REALLY knowledgeable! That guy knows everything (about everyone)! amigo
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Post by George on August 1st 2008, 11:03 am

Er no.
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Post by Doc on August 1st 2008, 11:51 am

windowsvista wrote:Er no.

That's what Jimmy Hoffa thought, too.

BIG mistake, for him!
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Post by Guest on August 1st 2008, 1:22 pm

Here's a short video I made of today's eclipse using another program called Celestia.

http://tinypic.com/player.php?v=2m3lrf6&s=4

You can see the shadow of the Moon moving across the top of the Earth. cool

Time has been sped up x1000, of course. Laughing

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