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Earthsky Tonight— July 10,Total solar eclipse over South Pacific on July 11
Posted By Gary Wamsley On July 9, 2010 @ 10:36 pm In Earth & Sky | Comments Disabled
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 A total eclipse of the sun rates as one of nature’s grandest spectacles. The new moon  completely covers over the solar disk, momentarily turning day into night, and bringing the planets and brighter stars into view. During a total solar eclipse, you can see the sun’s normally invisible yet beautiful corona  encircling the new moon silhouette.
This year’s only solar eclipse takes place tomorrow, on Sunday, July 11. A total solar eclipse can only happen at these rare times when the moon’s dark shadow actually hits the Earth’s surface. However, the lunar shadow falls primarily over the South Pacific Ocean tomorrow, so very few people will be in a position to witness Sunday’s solar eclipse.
The moon’s dark shadow first passes land at Mangaia of the Cook Islands in the early morning tomorrow. Then, the moon’s dark shadow continues to travel eastward across the Pacific Ocean, sweeping across the chain of atolls known as French Polynesia. Later on, on Sunday afternoon, the moon’s dark shadow shades out the skies over Easter Island (Isla de Pascua).
The moon’s shadow finally falls upon a single continent: South America. However, the total eclipse is only visible at the southernmost reaches of Chile and Argentina at sunset, though a partial solar eclipse can be seen all the way to Paraguay, southern Bolivia and southern Peru. Thereafter, the moon’s shadow lifts off the Earth’s surface, not to return until November 13, 2012.
If you are in a position to watch tomorrow’s solar eclipse, remember to use eye protection !
Written by Beth Lebwohl 
CHANDRA Photo Album 
StarDate Online 
Sky and Telescope 
National Geographic 
Space Com 
Amazing Space 
Scope City 
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 www.EarthSky.org: http://www.EarthSky.org
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 new moon: http://earthsky.org/tonightpost/moon-phases/new-moon
 corona: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap010408.html
 eye protection: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEhelp/safety.html
 When is the next total solar eclipse in the US?: http://earthsky.org/es-tonight/whens-the-next-total-solar-eclipse-in-the-us
 Total solar eclipse on July 11, 2010: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEmono/TSE2010/TSE2010.html
 Cool Animation of the July 11 solar eclipse: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEanimate/SEanimate2001/SE2010Jul11T.GIF
 Total Eclipse Path Through Cook Islands (Mangaia): http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEmono/TSE2010/TSE2010iau/TSE2010-fig02.GIF
 Total Eclipse Path Through French Polynesia: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEmono/TSE2010/TSE2010iau/TSE2010-fig03.GIF
 Total Eclipse Path Through Easter Island: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEmono/TSE2010/TSE2010iau/TSE2010-fig04.GIF
 Total Eclipse Path Through South America: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEmono/TSE2010/TSE2010iau/TSE2010-fig05.GIF
 Beth Lebwohl: http://earthsky.org/author/bethlebwoh/
 Astronomy Picture of the Day from NASA/JPL: http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/
 CHANDRA Photo Album: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/
 U.S. Naval Observator Astronomical Information cente: http://www.usno.navy.mil/USNO/astronomical-applications/astronomical-information-center/astronomical-information-center
 StarDate Online: http://stardate.org/
 Sky and Telescope: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/ataglance/
 National Geographic: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/
 Space Com: http://www.space.com/nightsky/
 Amazing Space: http://amazing-space.stsci.edu/tonights_sky/
 The York County Astronomical Society: http://www.ycas.org/tonights_sky.htm
 Scope City: http://www.scopecity.net/
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