Posts Tagged ‘Shadow’

An eclipse in Goa, India

14 July, 2009

If you’re in the northern part of India, even better if you’re in the northeastern part because then it won’t be too early before sunrise, there’s a good chance you can catch the total solar eclipse.

Here’s a shot of silhouettes in Goa to inspire you.

19 Mar 2007 (Photo: Joerg Schoppmeyer)

On Moonday, March 19, (2007) shortly before the equinox, locations in Asia and the Arctic were favoured by the New Moon’s shadow during a partial solar eclipse. Although the view from Goa, India found the eclipsed Sun near the horizon, photographer Joerg Schoppmeyer was still able to capture this lovely image, combining celestial with terrestrial silhouettes. The next eclipse season will begin in late August this year, featuringa total lunar eclipse on August 28, and another partial solar eclipse on September 11. Compared to the March 19th eclipse, the September 11th eclipse will be seen on the other side of our fair planet, from parts of South America and Antarctica. (Source: APOD)

8 more days to the Eclipse of the Century!


The space station with a view

7 July, 2009

Earlier we posted a picture of the March 29, 2006 eclipse taken from the International Space Station.

This one was taken by astronauts on the Mir Space Station. It was of the August 11, 1999 total solar eclipse over Europe. That spot of shadow you see on the surface of Earth spans over 160 kilometres (about 100 miles) across. Awesome.

Image: NASA/Mir

Shadow play courtesy of the sun

23 June, 2009

I made a video. Check it out. :)

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.