How the partial eclipse looked from Nashville, Tennessee at 5:17pm CDT on April 8, 2005 at 13%.
This animated map of the partial solar eclipse of the Sun on April 8, 2005 for the United States is generated at a frame rate of one frame per minute; thus, there are 240 frames spanning a four hour period. You can use the green buttons to stop or resume play of the above map. You can also right-click your mouse button (with the cursor within the field of the map) to zoom in to a particular city.
This is a hybrid eclipse of the Sun: which means that part of the eclipse is annular and the other part is total. The eclipse path will begin near New Zealand in the south Pacific in an annular phase with the Moon's shadow eventually becoming total as it traverses the large body of water. Then, once again, the total eclipse turns back into an annular eclipse before touching central america with the eclipse path ending over Venezuela South America. The only land mass close to seeing a total eclipse of the Sun will be Oeno Island in the South Pacific near Fletcher Christian's last stand. More information about this very unique eclipse can be found at Fred Espenak's website.
The next partial eclipse of the Sun, for the lower 48, can only be seen from the northern part of Maine on August 1, 2008. On May 20, 2012, the western half of the lower 48 will view an annular eclipse. The next total eclipse to be experienced from the west coast to the east coast here in the United States will occur on August 21, 2017 (thank God!).
The New Moon on April 8, 2005 at 5:15pm.
This is how your unprotected eye will see the partial eclipse on April 8, 2005.
DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN -
it will BLIND YOU!
Please visit Sky & Telescope's website to learn how to view today's eclipse safely.
(Main image of landscape and constellations created in Starry Night Pro.)
A visual presentation of astronomy by way of animated and static graphics. Many events happening in both the day and night time sky can be better explained by animated and visual graphics of the event. A total eclipse of the Moon (lunar eclipse) can be better appreciated by seeing how the Moon passes through the Earth's shadow by way of an animated graphic. An eclipse of the Sun (solar eclipse) can be enjoyed more if an animated graphic can show where the shadow of the Moon crosses the Earth, or how it appears to the observer on the ground. A comet crossing the sky can be better understood if one knows how it is traveling around the Sun, as well as, how it moves between the planets. A picture is worth a thousand words. Graphics showing these events are visually helpful in conveying the wonder and fulfilling the understanding of our universe.
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Updated on April 8, 2005