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10/23/2014 – Ephemeris – Partial solar eclipse tonight for most of the US

October 23, 2014

Ephemeris for Thursday, October 23rd.  The sun will rise at 8:08.  It’ll be up for 10 hours and 36 minutes, setting at 6:44.  The moon is new today, and won’t be visible.

This evening there will be a partial solar eclipse, in which we will see only the first part before the sun sets.  The eclipse will be visible for all but the extreme eastern part of the country.  It will be a partial eclipse for all who can see it because the core of the Moon’s shadow will miss the Earth to the north.  For the Interlochen Public Radio listening area (Northwestern Lower Michigan) the eclipse will star a couple of minutes before or after 5:32 p.m. and will end at sunset around 6:44 p.m.  The low position of the sun make a lack of cloud cover necessary to be able to see it.  Proper approved solar filters, or a projection method are necessary to view the eclipse.  Do Not Look Directly at the Sun!  The NMC Observatory south of Traverse City will be open, weather permitting starting at 5 p.m.  Also the Platte River Point location at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore will also be available.

An added attraction for this eclipse is the appearance of the largest sunspot group to appear on the sun in years.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan.  They may be different for your location.

Addendum

Solar Eclipse coverage

Coverage of the partial solar eclipse of October 23, 2014. Credit: NASA.

Setting partially eclipsed sun

The setting partially eclipsed sun from Traverse City. Created using Stellarium.

Pinhole projection

Partially eclipsed sun using a series of pinholes projected on a reasonably white surface.

Big Sunspot

The Sun at 1:30 a.m. 10/23/2014 with large sunspot group AR 2192. Credit NASA – Solar Dynamics Observatory.

This baby gave off a X Class flare yesterday (10/22/2014).  Could be more in store.  Maybe we’ll see an aurora later this week.

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