Another awesome August eclipse

Photo: Aaron Scott Willeke

More about the total solar eclipse of August 1, 2008.

Almost a decade after the total solar eclipse of 11 August 1999, the solar eclipse of August 1, 2008 fell along the narrow corridor through northern Canada, Greenland, central Russia, eastern Kazakhstan, western Mongolia and China. Unlike that other eclipse, this one fell across mostly rural areas; the largest city on the part of this eclipse was Novosibirsk in Russia.

However, the unique feature about this eclipse was that it belonged to the so-called midnight sun eclipses — it was visible from regions experiencing the midnight sun. (See from the animation, it almost falls over the North Pole.)

Image: sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse (A.T. Sinclair ©2000)Still, a partial eclipse was seen from the much broader path of the Moon’s penumbra, including northeastern North America and most of Europe and Asia.

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