Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Live blogging the total solar eclipse

I will be live blogging the Total Solar Eclipse that is visible today across parts of West and North Africa, Turkey and Central Asia using images available via various live webcasts.

A total solar eclipse is one of the most remarkable sights of nature. Solar eclipses can only happen during the new moon and when the moon happens to be in the direct line of sight with the sun. The Sun is about 400 times as far from Earth as does the Moon and it is also about 400 times the diameter of the Moon. Therefore, the moon is seen to cover the sun completely during totality. Each year, there will always be at least two solar eclipses and as many as five but some are only visible as partial eclipse. The last total eclipse took place on November 23, 2003 visible only from a part of Antarctica.

The live blogging will start at approximately 5.30pm (Singapore time). Do check back later.

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