Solar EclipseMay 9th, 2013 at 11:57 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
There is a solar eclipse today. You can view it here (live broadcast starts at 5 PM EDT). Here’s a map that shows where the eclipse will be visible. This is called an annular eclipse. The moon is, on average, 238,900 miles from the Earth. However, this distance can vary from 221,600 to 252, 500 miles. Today, the Earth-Moon Distance is closer to 248, 700 miles. So, the moon is farther away than average. At this distance, the Moon does not quite cover the sun and it will produce a “ring of fire” as it passes in front of the sun. Check out the animation here. The next good solar eclipse here in the central U.S. will be in August 2017. Here’s this week’s skygazing summary. Here’s a list of times when you can see the Intl. Space Station flyover. Finally, check out this great picture of the Northern Lights over Lake Superior on May 7.