Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October 23, 2014 Partial Solar Eclipse

If you enjoyed the total lunar eclipse on October 8, 2014, then you will definitely enjoy the partial solar eclipse that will take place on October 23, 2014.  A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon positions itself in a direct line between the Sun and the Earth.  The Moon is a much smaller object than the Earth, so total solar eclipses are very rare.  When one occurs, you have to be at a very specific location on the Earth.  See the map of past and upcoming paths of solar eclipse totality.

If you're outside the paths shown above, you'll still see a partial solar eclipse as long as you aren't too far from the path of totality.  More often, totality is never reached and one can only see a partial solar eclipse.  That's the case with the October 23 solar eclipse.  If you live in North America, you'll have a chance to see the eclipse.  Using a telescope with a solar filter, or proper glasses, you'll see the Moon blocking part of the Sun's disk.  The following site provides help on how to safely view a solar eclipse.

For more details and exact start/end times of the October 23, 2014 eclipse, visit the following website:

This is another great observing opportunity for you and your kids and it takes place during normal awake hours!  Don't miss out!

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