Perseid Meteor Shower on August 12-13, 2014 at 11pm local time.
Full Moon will be on the night of August 10th.
The Moon will interfere with this year's view of the meteor shower!

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Illinois is THE only state with the longest time of darkness on August 21 2017 which will be near Carbondale Illinois at 2 minutes and 44.3 seconds. It's not in Kentucky. USNO and NASA agree that the longest duration of darkness will be in the Shawnee National Forest. The term NASA uses, "greatest eclipse," is only of importance if you are an astronomer; for everyone else, it is meaningless: you won't be able to see the moon's shadow pointing near the center of the Earth from near Hopkinsville Kentucky. USNO only uses the term maximum duration. USNO shows only one point on the map for maximum duration -- which is smart! Why NASA has to show two points is beyond me! You can download the word file showing more detail for each city seen above obtained from USNO.

 

The next lunar eclipse, as seen from the states, will be on October 8th during the morning hours.
The next solar eclipse, which will be partial, will be on October 23rd and can be seen from North America.

Our Moon, 45 minutes after sunset, for July 29th.
New Moon will be on the 26th.

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The software for this image is free and can be found at http://www.stellarium.org/. It's also great to use if you want to know what the Moon looks like three days or three years from now. It's very easy to use! (My fireflies are rugged in all weather conditions!)
A very nice manual simplified down to 18 pages with lots of pictures in how to use Stellarium!

What time is sunrise or sunset for you? Check this website out (time and date.com).

The Moon, Saturn and Mars on August 31, 2014 some 45 minutes after sunset in the constellation of Libra.

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Partial Eclipse of the Sun on October 23, 2014 which can be seen from the states!

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The disappearing suns, as seen above, is due to the sun setting below the horizon. Most of this is happening inside the three curved lines labeled Eclipse begins at sunset (dark-green), Maximum Eclipse at Sunset (pink) and Eclipse ends at Sunset (light- green) as seen above.

If you look at Washington D.C. on the map and to the left of the dark-green curved line, you will see the sun setting quite rapidly with the partial eclipse just barely getting started. Partial eclipses in this area do not reach maximum phase between the dark-green line and the pink line. Take a look at the animation below for Washington D.C. People living in most of the Atlantic states will see a rather short show (if you are in and between the dark-green line and the pink line). Tampa citizens will see the partial eclipse of the sun for only 35 minutes. The eclipse for Washington, D.C. will last for 26 minutes.

As you look along the map between the pink and light-green lines, people will see the maximum phase of the partial eclipse, but they will not see the end of the show. I setup animation below showing Nashville Tennessee. As you can see, the Sun is still in a partial phase as it is setting in Music City with the partial eclipse of the sun reaching maximum before going below the horizon!

If you happen to live in any of the cities to the left of the light-green line, as seen below, then you will be able to see the partial eclipse of the sun from beginning to end. I have set up animation below showing this for Denver Colorado. (You will note Regina Canada has a setting Sun, but this happens soon after the eclipse has ended.)

Denver, Colorado Nashville, Tennessee Washington, D.C.

Denver, Colorado
Nashville, Tennessee
Washington, D.C.

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Total Lunar Eclipse October 8, 2014

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Total Eclipse of the Sun - August 21, 2017 - USA
LESS than three and a half years from now... are you ready?


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New information about the August 21, 2017 Total Eclipse of the Sun as of June 5, 2014 showing the state of Kentucky up-close!

Wikipedia, on April 25th, has completely dropped the NASA reference to Hopkinsville Kentucky as being the area with the longest duration of darkness at 2 minutes and 40 seconds. They have decided to use USNO's data which places maximum duration of darkness near Carbondale Illinois in the Shawnee National Forest with a maximum time of 2 minutes and 44.3 seconds.

USNO does not recognize NASA's data for this eclipse with NASA not recognizing USNO's data which is weird (and the federal government showing two locations is discombobulated)! I have asked if the two agencies would like to get together and work out their differences, but both are firm with their results. USNO, by the way, is United States Naval Observatory.



New eclipse website showing the state of Kentucky on August 21, 2017!!!


Past Animations

Click on the lunar eclipse graphic above for past animations of eclipses, meteor showers and more.


Click the graphic to see photos!

Past Photographs

November 7, 2004

January 30, 2001


April 1, 1997

May 15, 2005

November 20, 2003



September 22, 2013

 

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1996

July 2000

March 2002


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Updated on July 29, 2014