Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A Lifetime of Solar Eclipses

If you have been feeling upset because you will not be able to see this year's total solar eclipse then don't be. You can now tell the Washington Post your year of birth and they will show you the path of every solar eclipse happening in your lifetime on an interactive globe.

Here’s Every Total Solar Eclipse Happening in Your Lifetime tells you how many solar eclipses are going to happen around the world between now and your 100th birthday. More importantly the path of each of these eclipses is shown on an interactive globe. The darker the color of the path then the sooner it is going to happen. You can hover over the individual paths to view the date of that solar eclipse.

If you can attend the US solar eclipse on August 21st then you might want to consult NOAA's Cloudiness Map of the Eclipse. This map not only shows you where you can see a total eclipse (the umbral path) but also tells you the chance of avoiding clouds along the eclipse's path (based on historical weather data).

NASA's Total Solar Eclipse Interactive Map also shows the path of the eclipse across the United States. NASA's map doesn't include information about the likelihood of cloud cover but it does allow you to find out the duration of totality (how long the sun will be obscured) anywhere along the eclipse's path.
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