solar eclipse

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the moon interrupts light from the sun

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A NASA camera orbiting the moon turned its lens toward Earth during the total solar eclipse last week, capturing a photo of the black shadow that swept across the United States and blocked out the sun to viewers on the ground.
What to do with those eyesight-saving solar eclipse glasses - so treasured on Monday, so useless on Tuesday.
Nordgren shows how the Greeks used eclipses to measure the size of the cosmos, how 19th-century scientists worked out the Sun's composition thanks in part to observations made during total solar eclipses, and how 20th-century astronomers used a total eclipse to test Einstein's theory of relativity--all important topics that reveal how studying the Sun-Moon-Earth relationship continues to change our view of the world.
Total solar eclipses like this are possible because of very precise planetary geometry: The sun is 400 times wider than the moon, but it is also a little more than 400 times farther from Earth than the moon during total solar eclipses, so to our eyes they appear the same size in the sky.
Nevertheless, in some ancient and modern cultures, solar eclipses have been attributed to supernatural causes or regarded as bad omens.
A total solar eclipse visible from Vagar on the Faroe Islands
There are anecdotal reports of an "eclipse wind" - a breeze that appears as a solar eclipse reaches its peak - and breaks in the cloud appearing as the atmosphere cools.
Hundreds of people on Friday donned protective glasses to view the solar eclipse, which covered the sun by around 20 per cent when viewed from Cyprus though in some parts of the world coverage was as high as 90 per cent.
There were partial solar eclipses visible from around the UK during 2003, 2006, 2008 and 2011 - but the incoming eclipse will see Scotland have 94 per cent of its sun rays blocked out, making it the biggest eclipse since 1999.
In 2003, 2006, 2008 and |2011 there were solar eclipses visible from the UK, but they were only partial.
Solar eclipses are observed throughout the human history.
During tomorrow's event, ESA's Sun-watching Proba-2 satellite will pass through the Moon's shadow several times, catching three partial solar eclipses as it orbits around Earth.
This particular eclipse is the third of four partial solar eclipses in 2011, with the others occurring on January 4, June 1 and November 25.
The partial eclipse of the sun will be the third of the total four solar eclipses in 2011.
This eclipsing of Venus by moon is called occultation, similar to what happens in solar eclipses (when the moon covers the sun)," explained Zaki A.
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