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03/19/2015 – Ephemeris – A remarkable solar eclipse tomorrow, however we, in the US, won’t see it.

March 19, 2015

Ephemeris for Thursday, March 19th.  The Sun will rise at 7:48.  It’ll be up for 12 hours and 5 minutes, setting at 7:53.   The Moon, 1 day before new, will rise at 7:50 tomorrow morning.

There will be a rare solar eclipse tomorrow.  The bad news is that it won’t be visible from here. Be that as it may, it is total for a circle of ocean near Greenland, and because tomorrow is also the vernal equinox the it is also sunrise at the north pole.  As it happens the path of the eclipses totality tracks to the north pole, so the eclipse, partial and total will be visible from there.  I’m not sure how long it’s been since an eclipse totality was visible at the pole on an equinox.  The next solar eclipse visible from the United States will be on August 21, 2017.  This is an eclipse, whose path of totality crosses the continental United States.  In about 2 weeks we’ll have a lunar eclipse whose first stages can be seen from northern Michigan in morning twilight.

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

Addendum

Eclipse map

Pertinent section of the March 20, 2015 total solar Eclipse map. Click on image above for the entire image. Credit: Fred Espenak, NASA’s GSFC.

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