Upcoming Solar Eclipse

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  1. stubeeef macrumors 68030

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    While totality will be over open ocean, much of the US will see a partial solar eclipse on the 8th of April near sunset.
     
  2. iSaint macrumors 603

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    Cool, thanks for the link. I try to keep up with celestial events at Heavens Above . Ever watche the space station fly over?
     
  3. stoid macrumors 601

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    What I would like to see, rather than a picture of the moon obscuring the sun, it a picture of the Earth taken from space during the eclipse. If the shadow of the moon it visible from space, I think that would be wicked awesome!
     
  4. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    John Paul II was born during an eclipse, and now lies close to death as another eclipse approaches - it would indeed be an eerie coincidence if he passed the day it occurs...
     
  5. stubeeef thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Good point, didn't think of that! :eek:
     
  6. crap freakboy macrumors 6502a

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    Whoa be careful, linking coincidental events is how religions get started. :)
     
  7. stubeeef thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Don't worry no one will deify mark twain.
     
  8. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    cool i love astronomy, ill definately be keeping an eye out for this one
     
  9. AppleAce macrumors regular

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    Just registered at heavens-above. That's a pretty cool site, thanks. I enjoy that kind of stuff. Looks like there won't be a visible pass of the ISS over my location for a week or so though.
    I can't remember how long ago it's been since I've seen a solar eclipse. I can remember seeing a few lunar eclipses over the past few years, but solar eclipses are a little rarer.
     
  10. tech4all macrumors 68040

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    Awsome, thanks for the info. Now to get my camera ready. Hopefully we'll have clear skies :D :rolleyes: <-looking up
     
  11. Apple Hobo macrumors 6502a

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    Astronomy software (free)

    Solar System Simulator. You can set the date/time and viewing point to simulate this upcoming solar event. :cool:

    Celestia allows you to explore the universe in 3D motion.

    For Unix-literate astro-geeks, I recommend:

    XEphem

    Use Predict to track satellites (and any other orbiting object that has available Keplerian data, including the ISS) and predict their visible passes for your location.
     
  12. wdlove macrumors P6

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    Thank you for the link. The pictures at the site are awesome. Helps to put everything into perspective. There is nothing quite like seeing it on a Mac. :cool:
     
  13. Lacero macrumors 604

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    It's raining here. :( I'll miss the event. Thanks for the link though.
     
  14. Doctor Q Administrator

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    I've used it for over a year to know when Iridium flares will occur over my area. I've been known to drive to another part of town and stand in the middle of a street or park watching for one from the right spot. And I haven't been arrested, mugged, or sent to the psychiatric ward yet!
     
  15. iSaint macrumors 603

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    If I ever go out in the country people always stop to see if I am in trouble or something. Of course their lights throw my eyesight for awhile. People really think I'm nuts when I look up at birds all the time.
     
  16. stubeeef thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Today is the day for many to get a partial solar eclipse, peak in NC is around 6:20pm at 15%.
     
  17. iBlue macrumors Core

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    I found a picture a few days back; here you go:

    (animated)
    http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/image/0212/eclipse_eumetsat_big.gif


    [​IMG]

    there are better pics of that out there, I just didn't want to post huge pictures.

    I love Astronomy, Cosmology, Quantum physics/mechanics, etc
     
  18. jayscheuerle macrumors 68020

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    I found this to be incredibly and awesomely interesting...

    (DAMN! I was SCOOPED!!) :D
     
  19. iBlue macrumors Core

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    by the way, the eclipse will be under a minute in duration, and only the southern areas of the US should be able to see it. I didn't want anyone to get their knickers in a bunch if there was nothing climactic.

    here is an estimated timetable
    of WHEN the eclipse should be visible in the US (ignore the dumb commentary written within, I just found the animation useful)
    http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2005/01apr_solareclipse.htm
     
  20. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    That was actually very cool and I liked the animation showing how much of the moon actually covers the sun. But I also noticed that even in Indianapolis (which is south of here) you could hardly see the moon touch the sun, so I guess I'll miss out on this one.

    D
     
  21. stubeeef thread starter macrumors 68030

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    all of those links and pix were awesome! Thank you!
     

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