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12/14/2020 – Ephemeris – A total solar eclipse will occur today

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This is Ephemeris for Monday, December 14th. Today the Sun will be up for 8 hours and 49 minutes, setting at 5:02, and it will rise tomorrow at 8:13. The Moon is new today, and won’t be visible.

Some lucky folks in South America, specifically located in a narrow path crossing Chile and Argentina will see a total eclipse of the Sun in a few hours. For us, the Moon is too far south to cover the Sun. This is the last eclipse of the year. We will get to see part of the next solar eclipse to occur. On the morning of June 10th, next year the Sun will rise as it is partially eclipsed for Michigan, with the Moon already leaving the Sun’s disk. That eclipse will not be total, but an annular eclipse, with the Moon too far away to cover the Sun completely, leaving a bright ring or annulus of the Sun, what some describe as a ring of fire. That effect will be seen in western Ontario, through the arctic, ending in Siberia.

The event times given are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.

Addendum

Animation of the path of the December 14, 2020 total solar eclipse

Animation of the path of the December 14, 2020, total solar eclipse. The penumbra of the Moon’s shadow is shown in gray, where the Sun will be partially eclipsed. The black dot near the center of the penumbra is the Moon’s umbra, where the face of the Sun is totally eclipsed. Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center.