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Monday, March 13, 2006

Good day,

Some of you on the other side of the World from me may be able to see a total eclipse of the Sun on March 29.

Some links about same below.

I remember as a kid watching a Solar eclipse with smoked glass. Don't suggest you do that.
A pin hole method works well and looking at a projection won't burn holes in your retina.


Permanent eye damage can result from looking at the disk of the Sun directly, or through a camera viewfinder, or with binoculars or a telescope even when only a thin crescent of the Sun or Baily's Beads remain. The 1 percent of the Sun's surface still visible is about 10,000 times brighter than the full moon. Staring at the Sun under such circumstances is like using a magnifying glass to focus sunlight onto tinder. The retina is delicate and irreplaceable. There is little or nothing a retinal surgeon will be able to do to help you. Never look at the Sun outside of the total phase of an eclipse unless you have adequate protection.

Once the Sun is entirely eclipsed, however, its bright surface is hidden from view and it is completely safe to look directly at the totally eclipsed Sun without any filters. In fact, it is one of the greatest sights in nature.

There are five basic ways to observe the partial phases of a solar eclipse without damage to your eyes. We will describe each of them below. We'll also explain how to safely watch an eclipse with binoculars or a telescope.


The Pinhole Projection Method

One safe way of enjoying the Sun during a partial eclipse--or anytime--is a "pinhole camera," which allows you to view a projected image of the Sun.

There are fancy pinhole cameras you can make out of cardboard boxes, but a perfectly adequate (and portable) version can be made out of two thin but stiff pieces of white cardboard. Punch a small clean pinhole in one piece of cardboard and let the sunlight fall through that hole onto the second piece of cardboard, which serves as a screen, held below it. An inverted image of the Sun is formed. To make the image larger, move the screen farther from the pinhole. To make the image brighter, move the screen closer to the pinhole. Do not make the pinhole wide or you will only have a shaft of sunlight rather than an image of the crescent Sun. Remember, this instrument is used with your back to the Sun. The sunlight passes over your shoulder, through the pinhole, and forms an image on the cardboard screen beneath it.

Do not look through the pinhole at the Sun.



Thanks for looking up with me. (or instead of me, since I don't get to see this time.)

Larry Kellogg

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On Wednesday, 2006 March 29, a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible from within a narrow corridor which traverses half the Earth. The path of the Moon's umbral shadow begins in Brazil and extends across the Atlantic, northern Africa, and central Asia where it ends at sunset in western Mongolia. A partial eclipse will be seen within the much broader path of the Moon's penumbral shadow, which includes the northern two thirds of Africa, Europe, and central Asia.


This web site has been established for the purpose of providing detailed predictions, maps, figures and information about this important event. The material here is adapted from the NASA Technical Publication "Total Solar Eclipse of 2006 March 29" (NASA/TP-2004-212762). The document was published in 2004 November and is now available for distribution in hard copy and as either a low resolution (5 MB) or high resolution (27 MB) PDF file . It is part of NASA's official eclipse bulletin publication series. Instructions and a form for ordering a hard copy of this publication can be found at:

Order Form for NASA Eclipse Bulletins.
NASA Goddard's Solar Data Analysis Center has made the complete 2006 total eclipse bulletin available online as a series of separate web pages, figures and tables. The link to the main page is: Total Solar Eclipse of 2006 March29 .

Additional and supplemental material for the 2006 eclipse will be published here in the coming months.
Hi to all,

I made a website about TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE 29 th March 2006. You can see it
(it´s huge but I think you will enjoy...) In special the ones that read Portuguese language, Brazilian and the Spaniard. And for all the curious ones, of course! I hope you enjoy! Thanks a lot.

I made with help of a file *kmz which has the path of total solar eclipse. You can see it here:

For Brazilian I made an overlay that you can access here:

And I made other maps (for other countries) with Google Earth. See what I do (thanks to hermit eclipse) here:
(please use the browse to see more images)

Thank you for your attention.
Jorge Almeida

ps please feel free to contact me for any questions.
Um abraço,
Jorge Almeida
Last edited by jorgemotalmeida : 20-February-2006 at 04:38 PM.

Mapa 1: Mapa que mostra o plano geral do trajecto da sombra lunar sobre a superfície terrestre. Este eclipse solar total de 29 de Março de 2006 faz parte do ciclo Saros 139 † . Cortesia de Fred Espenak.


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A total solar eclipse is a unique and very rare natural event that one can see maybe only once in a lifetime! When you are near, do not miss it! But please note: do not attempt to observe the partial or annular phases of any eclipse with the naked eye. Failure to use appropriate filtration may result in permanent eye damage or blindness!


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Witness one of nature's most dramatic sights: a total eclipse of the sun.
Experience the drama of the sun rapidly disappearing behind the disc of the moon with the amazing progression of events. You will experience the drop in temperature as the sun disappears, and possibly see Bailey's beads, sunlight passing through the valleys of the moon. Watch for the solar corona and solar prominences which become visible only during totality. We may even see a few planets and stars before the first bright burst of sun known as the diamond ring signals the end of totality and a rapid return to daylight. All of this is in Turkey.


Partial Eclipse: This is the most common eclipse where only a portion of the sun's disk is covered by the moon. This is also how the eclipse appears outside of the area of complete shadow (the umbra) during a total eclipse.

Annular Eclipse: When the moon is farther from the earth, the relative size of the moon appears to be smaller than the sun, allowing a small rim of sun to shine all the way around the disk of the moon. This is the rarest kind of eclipse.

Total Solar Eclipse: Because the moon is 400 times smaller than the sun, and the sun is 400 times farther from the earth, the relative size appears to be the same. When this happens the moon is able to completely cover the sun, giving us the magic of a total solar eclipse. Only during totality is the sun's fainter corona visible to the naked eye. This is the only kind of eclipse that is safe to view without special filters.

Next Total Solar Eclipse in Turkey will occur on 29th of March 2006.
According to Kandilli Observatory of Bogazici University in Istanbul, duration of the centerline will be 3:48, and local times at cities are:



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