Ring of Fire Solar Eclipse: Live Webcast




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On Tuesday, April 29 at 0517 GMT, the moon will begin to eclipse the sun in the first of two total solar eclipses set to happen this year. When the moon is directly between the sun and the Earth, only the edges of the sun will be visible, resembling a “ring of fire.”
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The best view of the eclipse will be a small D-shaped 500 km2 region in Antarctica, though a partial eclipse will be visible to many Australians. Those living in Perth will see about 55% of the sun eclipsed, while those in Sydney will see about 50%.

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Remember: staring at the sun is not a great idea. Trying to observe the eclipse through binoculars or a telescope without an appropriate solar filter will cause damage to the retina that cannot be fixed. Specialized solar eclipse glasses are available to make viewing the eclipse safer. If you don’t have time to get the proper protection, a pinhole camera can be used to view the eclipse safely. Punch a small hole into cardboard or heavy, dark paper and hold a piece of white paper under it. The eclipse will be nicely displayed, like this:
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Image credit: Eugene Kim

If you do not live in an area where the eclipse will be visible, you don’t have to miss out! The Slooh Space Camera will be providing a live webcast of the event, no special eyewear necessary!

Until then, check out this simulation of what the eclipse is expected to look like at its maximum.




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    WOW! Spent many years in Alaska and saw ice dogs, floating ice crystals and it got really cold sometimes. Saw many things involving ice and nature. But never anything that awesome and beautiful. Thanks for sharing AND explaining. Because I honestly thought you were going to say lights from town or something. But turned out to be a much more awesome thing.Thank you.

  2. Patty Arroyo says:

    Wonderful photos, thanks for sharing, and explaining, I live in the tropics, we have different kind of beauty here, but learning about this light pillars awesome !!!

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    JUST MAGNIFICENT.

  4. Pam says:

    Wow! Thank you for the pictures and the explanation! Beautiful!

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    I live in Minnesota and have seen light pillars once in my 63 years. I wasn’t sure what I was seeing at the time. I did research the phenomena with success.

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    Light Pillars are the Plato’s Pillars of Heracles, now misnamed Pillars of Hercules. They are Birkeland Currents (electron currents oriented South-North; Peratt, Springer, Physics of the Plasma Universe). These, not high mountain peaks guided sailors (and surveyors) at and before the time of the ancient Greeks.

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