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March 2006 Solar Eclipse Photos
March 29, 2006 3:26 PM   Subscribe

There was a lovely total solar eclipse over parts of Africa, Europe, and Asia yesterday. See the photo galleries from Spaceweather, BBC, various Flickr users, and the International Space Station.
posted by brownpau (12 comments total)

 
Beautiful.
posted by arcticwoman at 3:33 PM on March 29, 2006


Meaning no disrespect, brownpau, but isn't it still March 29 where you are? (DC, I presume?) And yes, great pics and links.
posted by Lynsey at 4:01 PM on March 29, 2006


I love a nice eclipse, but those space station shots appear so ominous. It looks like the monoliths on Jupiter in the movie 2010.
posted by borborygmi at 4:45 PM on March 29, 2006


I have always wanted to see what the earth looked like from space during a solar eclipse. That is frickin' amazing.
posted by gubo at 5:57 PM on March 29, 2006


My God... it's full of stars!

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actually they're just artifacts in the image, they're not even cities... but hey, let's pretend...
posted by CynicalKnight at 5:58 PM on March 29, 2006


quite inspiring.
I try to witness as many astronomical 'events' observable by the naked eye as possible; my town is so inclined, in that respect. buncha stargazers, Tucsonians are.
posted by blastrid at 11:27 PM on March 29, 2006


Anyone know how to predict when teh next eclipse for a given location will be?
posted by fcummins at 3:57 AM on March 30, 2006


Thanks!
posted by haikuku at 5:13 AM on March 30, 2006


fcummins, that's an surprisingly complicated problem. Jean Meeus's books on numerical methods of astronomy cover it well. Start with Astronomical Algorithms if you want to learn to do the computations. If you'd rather look up when eclipses are going to be then check out Fred Espenak's Fifty Year Canon of Solar Eclipses or Meeus's Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon, and Planets. Annual almanacs are also published (with more detailed information in eclipse years) in collaboration by Her Majesty's Nautical Almanac Office and the US Naval Observatory, and the many astronomy magazines and websites provide excellent resources as each eclipse date approaches.

brownpau, those shots from the space station are incredible. I've never seen eclipse photos from that perspective. Thank you!
posted by Songdog at 7:05 AM on March 30, 2006


Thanks, it was gray and snowing here so no chance of seeing anything.
posted by keijo at 7:56 AM on March 30, 2006


Thanks Songdog! This is an interesting table for those who don't want to work out the calculations on their own..
http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/solar.html
posted by mhh5 at 10:34 PM on March 30, 2006


That's a great page, mhh5. Thank you!
posted by Songdog at 6:50 AM on March 31, 2006


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