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SOLAR ECLIPSE THIS WEEKEND: On Sunday, May 20th


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SOLAR ECLIPSE THIS WEEKEND: On Sunday, May 20th, the Moon will pass in front of the Sun, producing an annular solar eclipse visible across the Pacific side of Earth. The path of annularity, where the sun will appear to be a “ring of fire” stretches from China and Japan to the middle of North America

An animated eclipse map prepared by Larry Koehn of ShadowandSubstance.com shows the best times to look. In the United States, the eclipse begins at 5:30 pm PDT and last for two hours. Maximum coverage is around 6:30 pm PDT.

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  • Elders (Admins)

A total eclipse is one of the weirdest and most wonderful of experiences - or, so I'm told. The nearest I've got is when there was a partial eclipse over the UK a few years ago. As is typical for British weather, the sky was overclouded, so the light only got slightly duller.

I do wonder how people in the past felt about going through a total eclipse. It must have seemed like the end of the world.

Libby

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I was lucky enough to witness a parcial solar eclipse with a clear sky. Even tho it was not a tatal it was creepy to see shadows under a cloudless sky. Once again northern Illinois will be under cloud cover at the time we would have seen this parcial eclipse but I'll look anyway. Thanks for the post Sis !!

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Won't see it here in Oklahoma either, we've had a thunderstorm and rain all night and today. Oh well. At least there will be pictures posted of it online.

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Won't see it here in Oklahoma either, we've had a thunderstorm and rain all night and today. Oh well. At least there will be pictures posted of it online.

the internet makes it posible to know and witness events that would otherwise be missed by most of us...it truely is a window to the world!!

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Oh Randee yes, the Internet does have its positives. It's a shame it has negatives too, but hopefully some day that part will improve. It needs to.

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too long for  those who grieve; too short for those who rejoice.

But for those who love, time is eternity."

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An interesting factoid about solar eclipses is the coincidence:

The Sun is 390 times larger than the Moon; and is 390 times further away. That means that from Earth they both appear to be the same size in the sky, which is what allows solar eclipses to occur.

But the Moon was once much closer to the Earth, and has been slowly drifting away, and total eclipses are gradually becoming more rare and shorter in duration. But that's over astronomical time - it'll be about half a billion years before eclipses become a thing of the past.

Libby

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wonder what the effect will be when the moon is no longer close enough to effect tides and animal behavior??

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That's an interesting question. I don't know how much of the moon's effect on behaviour is due to gravitational attraction and how much is due to the variation of light levels at night.

Libby

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