Visible in the western part of the United States, it will be the first central eclipse
of the 21st century in the continental USA, and also the first annular eclipse in the US since the solar eclipse of May 10, 1994.
When the moon is close enough to earth during a central eclipse
, the eclipse is total--all the sun's fiery disk is hidden and magnificent sights like the sun's pearly outer atmosphere appear in a sky dark enough for some stars to come out.
The central eclipse
begins at 20:36 Universal Time on November 13th, which is the morning of the 14th in Australia, when the Moon's umbral shadow first touches down about 190 kilometers (120 miles) east of Darwin in Australia's Northern Territory, along the northeastern border of Kakadu National Park.
detected the total central eclipse
which is the first of its kind in this
While the central eclipse
is likely to be dark, there is a better chance that at least part of the Moon will display dramatic color - perhaps an eerie, ruby red - during some stages at the end of the night.
It was a relatively rare central eclipse
where the moon passed in front of the center of the Earth's shadow.
But 73 seconds before central eclipse
, Robinson, while looking through his camera's viewfinder, spied the corona at the trailing edge of the Moon's limb.
Conference organizers Poitevin and Edmonds, who billed the meeting as "a crossroad on solar physics and eclipses of the Sun," plan to hold a similar conference in 2004, when no central eclipse
Before central eclipse
, the uninformed would have felt no less enlightened by the annular eclipse hidden in plain sight.
The Sun's altitude at the time of central eclipse
is at most 23 [degrees], and it is this low angle that produces a total-eclipse path up to 230 miles wide.
Naval Observatory, IOTA director David Dunham noted that the bead pattern at central eclipse
seemed to form a "complete thin line for several seconds.
THIS SPRING the United States will get its last central eclipse
of the Sun until 2012.