Thursday, October 15, 2009

For anyone who thinks that stars are inexistent during the day time

This picture of a solar eclipse was taken on August 1st, 2008 in Mongolia. It's amazing how well this picture displays the prominence of the Sun's corona as the Moon blocks out the Sun's glare. Also, I love how the Moon blocks out enough light so that the stars become completely visible in the sky. This picture really helps to understand how stars are always existent in the sky and that they simply do not "disappear" once the Sun comes up. Stars in the day time was something I never considered before it was discussed in my astronomy class this semester, but it's something that I really want to see in the future. My professor was talking about people who are "eclipse chasers", in that they chase eclipses as they happen all over the world. An expensive hobby, but something that I might consider doing. 

Future dates for partial/total lunar eclipses

Dec. 31st, 2009: Partial eclipse visible in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia 
June 26th, 2010: Partial eclipse visible in East Asia, Australia, Pacific, West Americas
Dec 21st, 2010: Total eclipse visible in East Asia, Australia, Pacific, Americas, Europe 

Yours truly. 

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