Posts Tagged ‘29 Mar 2006’

In the details

13 July, 2009

Image: GerlosGerlos_Sequenzaeclissi

Here a sequence of a partial eclipse that was so detailed it made our heads spin. (Or maybe that’s just because it’s Monday and our brains haven’t warmed up yet.)

The sequence was shot every 3 minutes. Taken of the 29 March 2006 total solar eclipse, this view is from Palermo, Spain which experiences only a partial eclipse.


Black Sun in the sky

2 July, 2009

I’ve posted lots of shots of total solar eclipses up close. Breathtaking with the disc of the Sun totally blocked by the Moon, the corona of the Sun shining behind the black circle.

But I like this picture from the March 29, 2006 event, snapped form further back with the horizon in view.

The total eclipse in the sky, an edge of orange corona albeit partially blocked by clouds (I hope it’s not cloudy on July 22…). Totally surreal…

Photo: Helder da Rocha

The eclipse of March 29, 2006

19 June, 2009

Check out this wonderful video of the March 29, 2006 total solar eclipse. It was visible from a narrow corridor that traversed half the Earth.

The path of totality of this eclipse began in Brazil and extended across the Atlantic to Africa, across Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Biger, Chad, Libya and a corner of Egypt. It travelled across the Mediterranean Sea to Greece and Turkey, before crossing the Black Sea via Georgia, Russia and Kazakhstan.


A different view of the eclipse

1 June, 2009

Imagine you were an astronaut on the International Space Station and an eclipse is happening. By not being on the surface of the Earth, there’s nothing to see, right?

Not really. The sight you’ll get is the shadow of the Moon on the surface of the Earth.

It’s similar to being on a plane and watching the patches of shadows caused by clouds falling on the countryside below.

Only in this case, the shadow is caused by the Moon. We’ve grown used to seeing events of epic size and  proportion in Hollywood blockbusters, but to give a little perspective on the scale of this: the Moon’s diameter is 3,474km, about a quarter of that of the Earth. Its surface area is that of North America and Russia combined.

That is some gigantic object blocking the Sun and creating the shadow.

If the sight of an eclipse is rare, this view of it seen from space has got to be rarer.

Photo: NASA

Photo: NASA

This eclipse was the one that took place on March 29, 2006 across Africa, the Mediterranean and parts of Asia Minor.