New animated map of the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse for South Carolina

Our Moon for February 7th, 30 minutes before sunrise near Mercury and Venus.
New Moon is on February 8th (Chinese New Year)

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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).


Penumbral Eclipse of the Moon
March 23, 2016
This eclipse will favor the western states!

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Next total eclipse of the Moon will be on January 31, 2018
This eclipse will favor the western states west of the Mississippi River.

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Venus in the morning sky exactly forty-five minutes before sunrise
from August 23, 2015 to March 21, 2016

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I would like to thank Thierry Lombry for allowing me to use his most excellent photo. And...I also thank Guy Ottewell for his inspiration!

 

Next solar eclipse will be total on March 9, 2016



(Click the HD for higher definition)

A total eclipse of the Sun on March 9, 2016. Alaska and Hawaii will be the only two states that will be able to view it (as a partial). As you can see, this eclipse crosses the Pacific beginning in the eastern portion of the Indian Ocean. There are many tour ships and planes ready to view this event from many of the Indonesian islands.

Greatest eclipse will occur at 01:57:12 over the Pacific with the greatest duration lasting four minutes and ten seconds. Greatest duration will occur at 01:56:52. (It was nice when the times used to be at the same time.) The frame rate is 3 frames per minutes which comes to 1080 frames for this video.

There are a few sunrises in this animation which looks like the Sun is popping-up. Anchorage, Honolulu, and the end of the eclipse show the sun disappearing, because the Sun is setting at these points.

 

 

Total Eclipse of the Sun - August 21, 2017 - USA
This magnificent eclipse is now less than two years away! Are you ready?


Click on the map to see the full animation and maps

Total Eclipse of the Sun in the great state of Illinois for August 21, 2017
Greatest duration or maximum darkness for this eclipse will occur in Illinois and not Kentucky!
USNO says 2 minutes and 44 seconds, and NASA says 2 minutes and 40 seconds
I guess we will have to wait until 2017 to find out who was right!

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The ISS fading into the Earth's shadow.

 

Past Animations

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


October 8, 2014

October 23, 2014

March 20, 2015

April 4, 2015

Venus in the evening sky forty-five minutes after sunset.
from December 2014 through August 2015

Partial Eclipse of the Sun on September 13, 2015

Total Eclipse of the Moon on September 27, 2015

Past Photographs

November 7, 2004

January 30, 2001


April 1, 1997

May 15, 2005

November 20, 2003



September 22, 2013

 

Past Graphics

1996

July 2000

March 2002


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Updated on February 6, 2016