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Daily Astronomy Blurb: Total Solar Eclipse Below the Bottom of the World

Yesterday there was a total solar eclipse visible only at the end of the Earth. To capture the unusual phenomenon, airplanes took flight below the clouded seascape of Southern Ocean. The featured image shows one relatively spectacular capture where the bright spot is the outer corona of the Sun and the eclipsing Moon is seen as the dark spot in the center. A wing and engine of the airplane are visible across the left and bottom of the image, while another airplane observing the eclipse is visible on the far left. The dark area of the sky surrounding the eclipsed Sun is called a shadow cone. It is dark because you are looking down a long corridor of air shadowed by the Moon. A careful inspection of the eclipsed Sun will reveal the planet Mercury just to the right. The next total solar eclipse shadow will cross parts of Australia and Indonesia in April of 2023, while the one after that will cross North America in April of 2024. Notable Eclipse Submissions to APOD: Total Solar Eclipse of 2021 December
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And, now, for something similarly the same:For those of you that are interested there will be a Partial Lunar Eclipse (almost full) on the morning of Friday, 19 November. This will be one of the longest visible eclipses in many years.Partial eclipse (Moon moving into the shadow of the earth) begins at 3:19 am and the maximum eclipse occurs at 05:03 am and the partial eclipse ends at 6:47 am - Weather permitting?Look east any time between 3:20 am and 6:45 am. and you should see some of the eclipse. Best time to view the maximum partial eclipse will be between 4:45 am and 5:15 am.If visible the moon will appear pinkish in colour because the atmosphere of the earth bends sunlight toward the moon during the eclipse and only in the red wavelength.If skies are clear you won’t have problems finding the moon in the east under the Pleides or as commonly known as The Seven Sisters.In December there should be a good comet to see. I will send you more details on this later- Ron ... See MoreSee Less
Don't forget the ACAC has an early meeting this month, to make a reasonable break before the really early December, year-end, solsticy, Christmas - take your pick, or insert som'at else - dinner meeting on Dec. 12. Let Ron, or this page, know your dinner intentions a.s.a.p. so that we can inform the Brothers to be appropriately ready. (Dinner individually paid, off menu, but subsidized a modicum by the ACAC.) ... See MoreSee Less