Friday, August 1, 2008

See It Now Or You'll Have To Wait Until 2026

Sweden will witness something beautiful today, something rare, weather permitting, that will not be seen again in the country until the year 2026. A solar eclipse will be viewable from Sweden. If you live in the far north of Sweden, you will be able to see the moon pass between the sun and the earth around 11:45 this morning (Central European Time). In Kiruna, Luleå and Piteå, you will witness a solar eclipse of nearly 80 percent. That would be enough to satisfy my solar eclipse curiosity. In Stockholm and Uppsala, a 40 percent partial eclipse will be viewable from about 10:40 in the morning until 12:45 in the afternoon. After today's celestial event, Sweden will have to wait until 2026 to witness a total solar eclipse. Earth's last full solar eclipse over the Atlantic Ocean and Africa on March 29th, 2006 could not be seen from Sweden.

Today's full eclipse will be best viewed from Northern Canada, Northern Greenland, Siberia, Mongolia and Eastern China. Here in San Francisco, the eclipse will not be viewable. But you can always witness it online. To see it live from San Francisco, you will need to wake up around (or stay up past) 3am. Ouch.

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