Solar Eclipse

May 9th, 2013 at 11:57 am by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

solar eclipse ring   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.

14 Responses to “Solar Eclipse”

  1. Phil Lund says:

    Looking forward to the Great Eclipse in August, 2017. I am guessing it is a little early to predict the best viewing spots for the weather of that day. Would hate to be in a place that is overcast.

  2. Tim Ehlert says:

    These are always cool to see I used to have a really good telescope to watch them till someone needed it more than me I guess! But I still think its great to watch and check out ! Thank you for sharing .

  3. GunLakeDeb says:

    The Northern Lights photo is AWESOME!!!!!!

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      Indeed! Just may have to retire up there someday.

  4. Kevin(Rockford) says:

    Day after my birthday…how cool is that. Might have to take a road trip

    1. Kevin(Rockford) says:

      In regards to the 2017 eclipse

  5. Melissa says:

    will we be able to see any of the eclipse from here?… It is my daughters birthday tomorrow

    1. Bill Steffen says:

      No, unfortunately…not from Michigan. It’ll be cloudy here anyway.

  6. Cliff (Scotts) says:

    Bill, what model do you use for the rainfall totals? It’s going against everything else. Heavier rain north of 96? I think it will be heavier rain south of 96 with half to 3/4 and less north.

  7. Caroldee says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the BEST weatherman around.. Hope you had a wonderful day!!

  8. Skot says:

    So why Post a Blog on this???

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