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Partial Solar Eclipse February 7

The first solar eclipse of 2008 occurs at the Moon’s ascending node in Capricornus. An annular eclipse will be visible from a wide track, that traverses Antarctica and southern regions of the Pacific Ocean. A partial eclipse will be seen within the much larger path of the Moon’s penumbral shadow, which includes the southeastern third of Australia, all of New Zealand and most of Antarctica.

The most unusual characteristic of this eclipse is that it begins and ends along Earth’s sunset terminator. Most eclipse paths that travel from west to east. However, the 2008 annular eclipse path begins by running east to west and slowly turns north before curving west to east near its terminus. Partial phases of the eclipse are visible primarily from eastern Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. Local circumstances for a number of cities are listed in Table 2. All times are given in Universal Time. The Sun’s altitude and azimuth, the eclipse magnitude and obscuration are all given at the instant of maximum eclipse.

Read the original article at: Nasa

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