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06/19/2020 – Ephemeris – Summer arrives tomorrow with an eclipse of the Sun the next day

June 19, 2020 Comments off

This is Ephemeris for Friday, June 19th. Today the Sun will be up for 15 hours and 34 minutes, setting at 9:31, and it will rise tomorrow at 5:57. The Moon, 2 days before new, will rise at 5:25 tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow afternoon at 5:43 pm summer will begin, as the Sun reaches its greatest northerly excursion, right over the tropic of Cancer, 23 ½ degrees north latitude on the Earth’s surface. It’s called the summer solstice for those of us north of the equator. Early Sunday morning there will be an annular eclipse of the Sun. We won’t see it in the United States, however it will be visible for parts of Africa and southern Asia. The Moon will be too far away to completely cover the face of the Sun leaving a ring or annulus at maximum eclipse, a so-called Ring of Fire. It is the second of a triad of eclipses this eclipse season. Two weeks ago there was a slight eclipse of the Moon and two weeks from now another slight eclipse of the Moon to finish the season.

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


Annular Eclipse

Eclipse Map for june 21, 2020

Areas of the Earth where the solar eclipse of June 21, 2020 will be visible. The central double red line delineates the path of annularity. Click on the image to see the original chart. Credit NASA GSFC, Fred Espenak.

Annular eclipse May 10 1994

My photograph of the Annular eclipse May 10 1994 taken east of Toledo, Ohio, May 10, 1994.

Summer Solstice

Earth and local area near summer solstice

Earth and magnified local area near summer solstice. Image taken near local noon June 17, 2020. Credit NOAA DSCOVR satellite orbiting the Sun-Earth L1 point 994,970 miles (1,601,432 kilometers) sunward from the Earth. For once it’s clear enough to see the mitten of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.

The Sun's path on the summer solstice

The Sun’s path through the sky on the summer solstice day from Traverse City, MI. Created using my LookingUp program..

05/09/2013 – Ephemeris – There’s an annular eclipse in the Pacific Ocean today

May 9, 2013 Comments off

Ephemeris for Thursday, May 9th.  The sun rises at 6:21.  It’ll be up for 14 hours and 35 minutes, setting at 8:57.  The moon is new today, and won’t be visible.

Solar eclipse  in Pacific.   Later this afternoon our time there will be an annular eclipse of the sun.  However it will only be visible from parts of the Pacific Ocean including Australia.  Since the shadow crosses the International Date Line and the moon’s shadow moves west to east, it start in Australia on the morning of  the 10th, and end far southeast of Hawai’i on evening of the 9th.  An annular eclipse is one in which the moon is farther than average from the earth and cannot cover the whole face of the moon for observers on the earth.  He moon’s farthest distance from the earth this month is called apogee at 252,000 miles next Monday.  The lunar eclipse paired with this is a very slight penumbral eclipse on the 25th, too slight to be noticeable.

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


Annular eclipse path

Annular eclipse path May 9-10, 2013.
From the Astronomical Almanac Online (USNO, HMNO).

The PDF version of the above image and eclipse times click here.