December 18, 2017

AstroEvent: A Total Solar Eclipse “Down Under!”

(Animation credit: A.T. Sinclair/NASA/GSFC).

All hail the saros… eclipse season 2 of 2 is upon us for 2012. This coming Tuesday as the Moon reaches its ascending node along the ecliptic also represents the only total solar eclipse of the Sun for 2012. [Read more...]

AstroEvent: A Pacific-Spanning Annular Eclipse!

(Credit: NASA/A.T. Sinclair).

Live on the west coast of the United States? This weekend, you will get to witness a rare astronomical spectacle, the likes of which the continental U.S. has not seen since 1994.  On May 20th (21st across the International Date Line) an annular solar eclipse graces our fair planet. This eclipse is “annular” in the aspect that the Moon will be only 31 hours from an apogee of 406,450 kilometers around the time it passes between the Earth and the Sun, and thus will appear too small to cover the disk of our nearest star, as it normally does during a total solar eclipse. [Read more...]