View Full Version : Total Solar Eclipse: 29 March 2006

2006-Mar-26, 11:35 AM
Total Solar Eclipse: 29 March 2006 (http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/OH/OH2006.html)

Totality will be visible in Brazil, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia between 8:36 UT (Brazil) and 11:48 UT (Mongolia).

A partial eclipse will be observable over most of Europe and Western Asia, however.

2006-Mar-27, 04:37 AM
NASA TV Schedule (http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/MM_NTV_Breaking.html)

March 29, Wednesday
5 - 6:15 a.m. [EST; 0200 - 0315 PST; 1000 - 1115 UTC] - NASA/Exploratorium Live Coverage of Solar Eclipse (Commentary and Interviews) - GSFC via Side, Turkey (Special Program) (Public Channel)

Watch NASA TV (http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html)

2006-Mar-28, 08:50 PM
Our club is organising an event for local school children (aged 8 to 11 I think). We will have two Coranado Solar telescopes, one with a video feed to a PC near the reception desk of the building we use for our meetings. The image from that PC is fed using VNC software upstairs to the lecture theater and projected onto a large screen. We will also be taking live video from turkey for the full totality (only a partial here in the UK). A short talk will also be given explaining what an eclipse is and how they occur.
The only problem is that we have had nothing but cloud and rain all week and the forcast for tomorow is not much better :sad:, does anyone make a waterproof solar telescope? :)

It should be a fun day for everyone and a chance to get some real science into the kids heads!

2006-Mar-28, 10:35 PM
Here we'll be treated to a common double eclipse. The Moon will pass in front of the sun at the same time the Earth will be in front of the Moon. ;)

2006-Mar-28, 10:55 PM
12 hours until webcast totality, at 1055 UTC, 0555 EST, 0255 PST

NASA Sees Eclipse in a Different Light (http://www.nasa.gov/vision/universe/solarsystem/sun_earthday2006.html)

Exploratorium Webcast Schedule
(Eastern Standard Time)
5:00 a.m. Welcome
5:02 a.m. What is an eclipse?
5:05 a.m. How are we seeing it?
5:09 a.m. Where we are and why
5:12 a.m. What is the sun?
5:24 a.m. Crowd reactions
5:27 a.m. What will we see looking down?
5:33 a.m. What will it be like for us?
5:39 a.m. Crowd reactions
5:41 a.m. What will we see looking up?
5:47 a.m. What we learn from eclipses (past/present)
5:54 a.m. Prepare for totality
5:54:59 a.m. Totality begins
5:58:44 a.m. Totality ends
6:00 a.m. Crowd reactions
6:06 a.m. Commentary and replay of eclipse and sky darkening
6:12 a.m. Thank you and sign off

Watch NASA TV (http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html)

Maha Vailo
2006-Mar-29, 02:02 AM
Cool. I'll make sure my dad wakes me up then. I'll imagine I'm in Georgia (the country, natch) with my Pokemon near me... ;)

- Maha "the Internet and your imagination can take you anywhere" Vailo

2006-Mar-29, 09:47 AM
Wow! cloudless skies here in Dublin with less than five minutes to go!

2006-Mar-29, 09:49 AM
Watch NASA TV (http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html)

It's early, but NASA TV had some eclipse pictures up. They're playing an audio tone now. Oops they just put up a "Solar Eclipse Path to Totality" graphic, "Coming up on NASA Television". Thankfully the tone has ceased.

Real coverage begins in about 13 minutes, 0200 PST, 0500 EST, 1000 UTC.

The eclipse has been moving away from Brazil for about 75 minutes, now.

Path Map (http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/144917main_sed_f_path_full.jpg):

http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/144918main2_sed_f_path_image.jpg (http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/144917main_sed_f_path_full.jpg)

2006-Mar-29, 09:54 AM
9:50 (UTC): first contact near the southern limb is easily discernible in my 10x50 binoculars.

2006-Mar-29, 10:06 AM
The Exploratorium dude on NASA TV is in Side Turkey (Google Map (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=side+turkey&t=k&ll=36.769211,31.392231&spn=0.031283,0.064116)), near some old amphitheater. It looks like the weather in Turkey is nice and sunny -- for the moment.

2006-Mar-29, 10:35 AM
Been watching it on NASA TV for the last half an hour or so. It should reach totality in about five, ten minutes by the looks of things. Really good picture, should be awesome.

Baffles me why they spend most of the time looking at random people in the crowd instead of the eclipse feed, though. Gah!

2006-Mar-29, 10:45 AM
Temperature's dropped from 70F to 67F already in Side.

11 minutes to totality.

2006-Mar-29, 10:54 AM
They keep talking about being cool.

Yeah, the eclipse I saw was cool, too, but that was in Manitoba, Canada in February, so it was really cold.

2006-Mar-29, 10:56 AM
30 seconds. The crowd goes wild. They take the filter off the TV camera.

Yes! Bailey's beads. Totality. Nice prominences.

2006-Mar-29, 10:59 AM
Halfway through.

The birds are coming in to roost at the amphitheater.

Edit (many minutes later due to BAUT server slowness): Oops. Over. Diamond ring.


2006-Mar-29, 11:17 AM
11:09 (UTC) - last contact here in Dublin. Perfect conditions. Pity it wasn't total.

Maha Vailo
2006-Mar-29, 11:36 AM
Saw the whole thing on NASA TV, and I must say: That. Kicked. So. Much. Butt! :cool: Only thing that would've been cooler would've been being there and seeing it myself.

That was one heck of a diamond ring effect, let me tell ya.

I also have this incredible urge to go and visit Turkey when I've saved up enough money. It looks like a beautiful place.

- Maha "Turkish delight" Vailo

2006-Mar-29, 11:50 AM
Great show from Turkey :) We had some breaks in the clouds to see the partial eclipse here. The school kids seem to have enjoyed it, We got some good pictures to help promote our club's interest in "Education in the comunity"!

2006-Mar-29, 01:18 PM
It was cool! The Sun is always cool to me. The feed from the Exploratorium site was not very smooth, however, but it worked. Interesting how the student used a collander to project the sun onto paper. I just wouldn't have thought of a collander, but it produced so many little eclipses.

It really makes me mad that this isn't shown on TV. I mean, there's so much stupid stuff on TV -- not one station can broadcast it for a lousy hour?? Something's wrong with this world....:evil:

Anyway, I'm looking forward to the plethora of photos that will come out. :razz:

2006-Mar-29, 03:56 PM
For the Russians among us (http://www.lenta.ru/news/2006/03/29/eclipse/)

2006-Mar-29, 04:53 PM
Nice videos and pictures on this (http://www.nasa.gov/vision/universe/solarsystem/sun_earthday2006.html) NASA website.

2006-Mar-29, 05:28 PM
The eclipse was very nice to see here in Ghana, West Africa

Total Eclipse lasted for 3.5 minutes in the Capital, Accra.

2006-Mar-29, 07:37 PM
I finally got to see the coverage on the MSNBC website... and was so taken by it I created a today screen for my Ipaq.

2006-Mar-29, 07:41 PM
The eclipse was very nice to see here in Ghana, West Africa

Total Eclipse lasted for 3.5 minutes in the Capital, Accra.
By the way, welcome to BAUT tkudesey. I think you are one of our first members from Africa. I hope you stay around.

2006-Mar-29, 07:57 PM
Now this is a good vantage point for viewing the effects of the eclipse:

Crew Experiences a Total Solar Eclipse (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/multimedia/ISS_eclipse_03292006.html)

http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/145648main_ISS012E21351_med.jpg (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/multimedia/ISS_eclipse_03292006.html)

2006-Mar-30, 12:16 AM
The Exploratorium has kindly archived this morning’s webcast (and ’scope-only feed), for anyone that missed the event. They can be viewed in their entirety from this page (http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/2006/index.html).

2006-Mar-30, 01:30 AM
Now this is a good vantage point for viewing the effects of the eclipse:

Crew Experiences a Total Solar Eclipse (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/multimedia/ISS_eclipse_03292006.html)

That would be a very cool vantage point...thanks for the link.

Spaceweather already has quite a gallery going on. I like the one on the 2nd page from Greece...a bit different:


Welcome tkudesey! (green with envy)

umop ap!sdn
2006-Mar-30, 01:41 AM
Crew Experiences a Total Solar Eclipse (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/multimedia/ISS_eclipse_03292006.html)
Ooooh, new desktop wallpaper! :D

2006-Mar-31, 06:12 AM
if you were living in London would you be able to see anything? if yes what??

2006-Mar-31, 06:35 AM
if you were living in London would you be able to see anything? if yes what??

If they looked up, and it wasn't too cloudy, they would have seen a partial eclipse, at mximum covering about 17 percent of the Sun.

popastro.com (http://www.popastro.com/sections/solar/total2006.htm)

London Start=09:45:09 Max=10:33:04 End=11:22:01 Magnitude=27.5% Obscuration=16.8%

2006-Mar-31, 08:29 AM
hey guys
thanks for the links
everyone is so kind to share

2006-Mar-31, 09:21 AM
The feed from the Exploratorium site was not very smooth, however, but it worked.
I think most of the roughness was due to the talent being less than well honed at television.

(Edit: Wait. The feed was rough. Like server issues? Oh. The NASA TV version was smooth for me. I was only thinking about the roughness of the presentation.)

The moment I was waiting for but never happened: Near the beginning they were talking about how the small Moon could cover the large Sun. They supposed that the Sun was the man's head and the Moon was the woman's thumb, and Socratically asked how a thumb could cover up a whole head. The woman backed up and I was fully expecting her to walk over to the camera and position her thumb before the lens so that the man's head was covered. Instead she just held her thumb up to her eye and said his head was covered. Bleah. Come on! Show the kids.

Well, maybe with the camera's wide iris, the thumb would have been so blurred that it didn't really cover anything, but something could have been worked out. Heck, she could have inserted a cut-out blown-up picture of her thumb before the lens. Who would have known?

Kullat Nunu
2006-Apr-03, 06:49 AM
I saw it! In Turkey, it was perfect weather, I even managed to burn my skin...

2006-Apr-11, 08:11 AM