Posts Tagged ‘1 Aug 2008’

Planets, Total Eclipse, Great Wall of China

18 July, 2009

A breathtaking shot of the solar eclipse of August 2008, taking place over the Great Wall of China.

To stand on the ancient ramparts is a grand experience. To do so with a celestial event happening above would be simply surreal.

Photo: Terry Cuttle (Brisbane, Australia)

This dramatic skyscape was recorded during the August 2008 total solar eclipse. The Moon’s silhouette surrounded by a glistening solar corona hangs above the Jiayuguan Fort along the western edge of the Great Wall of China. Lined-up along the ecliptic plane, all the planets of the inner solar system, Mercury, Venus, Mars, (and Earth!) can also be seen along with Saturn and bright star Regulus, as the Moon’s shadow tracks across the landscape. Beyond the Moon’s shadow, outside the total eclipse track, sunlight still brightens the sky over mountains on the horizon 30 – 50 kilometers away. Much anticipated, the 2009 July 22nd total solar eclipse will again be visible from China. Planets and bright stars will briefly appear in darkened daytime skies, though a total eclipse won’t be seen from the Great Wall. Still, major cities and populated areas lie along the 2009 total eclipse track that begins in India and sweeps eastward across Asia and into the Pacific Ocean.

Astronomy Picture of the Day posted this in anticipation of the upcoming eclipse next Wednesday. The world is waiting with bated breath. We ourselves are packed and ready to fly up to China.

This will be some event. 4 more days, people. If you’re not in China, watch it LIVE on


The Total Solar Eclipse of August 1, 2008

11 July, 2009

Here’s something else to watch over the weekend.

The last eclipse that generated a fair amount of publicity was the total eclipse that happened on August 1, 2008. And the Exploratorium went up to China to catch that event. This is what they saw.


(The Exploratorium is based in San Francisco, and it’s a museum of science, art, humans and technology that created the “hands on” movement among museums around the world. About a thousand museums internationally that trace their exhibits or programmes to the Exploratorium. Its mission is to provide the general public, even those with the most limited scientific knowledge, the joy of discovery. And hopes inspire young and old, academic or artist, and provide a better understanding of science and nature.)

One event, three different countries

5 July, 2009

We posted a couple of pictures of the August 1, 2008 solar eclipse a few days ago, all of which were snapped in different parts of Russia.

These are of the same solar eclipse, but taken from Saratov in Russia, Chandigarh in Northern India and Bergen in Norway.

Photo: Deevrod

Photo: Gaganspidey

Photo: Michael M

16 days left to the most dramatic solar eclipse of our lifetime on 22 July 2009!

If you are in Surat, Varanasi, Patna, Thimphu in India, or Chengdu, CHongqing, Wuhan, Hangzhou and Shanghai in China, you’ll be able to experience the total eclipse.

Other parts of Asia will experience varying degrees of a partial eclipse.

But if you are nowhere in those areas, don’t fret. You can catch the eclipse via steaming live feed on

One event, three views

2 July, 2009

Three amazing views of the same eclipse on August 1, 2008. The three views were shot at different places in Russia. Top to bottom: Novosibirsk, Miensk and Moscow.

Will you be able to see the solar eclipse of the century this July 22?

Photo: Aaaron Scott Willeke

Photo: Cesco

Photo: Pavel Leman

A moment by moment view of a partial eclipse

14 June, 2009

Author: Lucky13proplayer

Here’s an image (many images actually) of the August 1, 2008 total solar eclipse mentioned in yesterday’s post. Only this sequence was seen from Romania, which experienced the partial eclipse. much of Europe fell in the penumbral shadow of the moon during the eclipse.

Another awesome August eclipse

13 June, 2009

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: (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.

Total Eclipse of the Sun, August 2008

12 June, 2009

Here’s a video of the total solar eclipse of August 1, 2008. Footage from NASA TV.

You can see how during the eclipse they used a proper solar filter. And during totality, when the Moon completely blocks the Sun, the only time it’s safe to view the Sun with our naked eyes, the filter was removed and we could see the brightness of the Sun’s rays pushing through behind the silhouette of the Moon. Breathtaking.

There is a longer version from which the above video was edited from here.