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Introduction to Astronomy


Total Solar Eclipse

1997 March 8-9


The total solar eclipse on March 8-9 1997 was visible from eastern Siberia, with a partial eclipse observable from a much larger area, including China, Japan, and Alaska. The animation on the left is how the total eclipse appears from 129° E. Longitude 57° N. Latitude, just south of Yakutsk (the time is Universal Time). The animation on the right shows the Moon's shadow on the Earth, and demonstrates the area of total eclipse (small circle) and partial eclipse (large circle). The animations are close to being, but are not quite, in synchronization.

These animations were produced on a Macintosh with the Voyager II program, and are ©1988-93 Carina Software, 830 Williams St., San Leandro, CA 94577, (510) 352-7328. Used under license.

©1997 Scott R. Anderson
Last update: 1997 February 2
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