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03/08/2016 – Ephemeris – View tonight’s total solar eclipse on the Internet

March 8, 2016

Ephemeris for Tuesday, March 8th.  The Sun will rise at 7:07.  It’ll be up for 11 hours and 33 minutes, setting at 6:40.  The Moon is new today, and won’t be visible.

Today’s new moon has a bonus, it will produce a total solar eclipse.  Not for us, but for Indonesia, some islands of Micronesia, and across the Pacific Ocean.  We do have a shot at seeing it, however.  NASA and the The Exploratorium has sent an expedition to the Woleai Atoll near the point of the greatest eclipse, allowing over 4 minutes of totality.  So if it’s clear there NASA and the Exploratorium will have Web and TV feeds.  There will be two feeds, An educational feed running from 8 to 9 p.m. covering the heart of the eclipse and a telescope only feed covering the entire eclipse running from 7 to 10:15 p.m.  For NASA TV go to NASA.gov and click on NASA TV.  The other place to go is exploratorium.edu and you can’t miss it.

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


March 9, 2016 total solar eclipse

Eclipse chart for the March 9, 2016 total solar eclipse. Credit NASA/GSFC/Fred Espenak.

These are my photographs from prior eclipses that will give one feel as to what an eclipse looks like.  The corona will be visible the whole time of totality.  The diamond ring and Baily’s Beads will be visible for only a few seconds at the end of totality.  They are generally not seen as totality starts because filters will stay on the equipment until totality actually starts.

Solar Corona

The solar corona displayed during the July 10, 1072 total solar eclipse from Prince Edward Island. Credit Bob Moler.

Diamond Ring

Diamond ring at the end of totality of the total solar eclipse July 10, 1972. Credit Bob Moler.

Baily's Beads

Baily’s Beads at the end of totality of the March 7, 1970 total solar eclipse from Bladenboro, NC. Credit: Bob Moler.

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