Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Total Solar Eclipse LIVE

Live blogging of the total solar eclipse in Turkey has ended with the moon now slowly creeping out of the sun. It has been a great total solar eclipse.

Time: 6.58pm (Singapore time)
WOW! Totality! Look at the corona (surrounding the sun). The corona is the outermost layer of the solar atmosphere. Usually during solar minimum, the shape of the corona will be elongated like what we are seeing now.

Time: 6.55pm (Singapore time)
WOW! The diamond ring effect! This effect is caused by the last bit of sunlight shining through valleys on the edge of the Moon.

Time: 6.48pm (Singapore time)

Time: 6.31pm (Singapore time)
Totality is coming!

Time: 6.21pm (Singapore time)
A close-up shot showing the sunspots at the bottom of the sun. Sunspots are cooler regions of the sun. The appearance of these sunspots during the eclipse is a welcome surprise since the sun is in its minimum solar activity (least number of sunspots).

Time: 6.01pm (Singapore time)
The moon covers more of the sun. By now, the sky will get darker as less sunlight gets through.

Time: 5.46pm (Singapore time)
The eclipse is underway! The moon is creeping infront of the sun.

Time: 5.37pm (Singapore time)
The sun before the eclipse. Note the sunspots at the bottom

All images taken from the Exploratorium team's webcast in Side, Turkey.

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Anonymous said...

Amazing stuff!!!

Wish I was there to view it in person.

Anonymous said...

Nice work man.

Anonymous said...

I dig the diamond ring effect the most.

Anonymous said...

I was watching the live webcasts as well and noticed that the prominences and flares visible before totality through the the H-Alpha filter (I think) are no where to be seen during totality.

The corona is also a bit dissapointing. It did not stretch out as much as I think it would.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the commentary. I love it when you talk astronomy.

So sexy. :oP

Anonymous said...

Haiz...when will Singapore ever get a total solar eclipse?

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Anonymous said...

I've seen one in Thailand a couple of years ago. It was really a breathtaking site. A guy who was with our group who has been chasing solar eclipse told me before the eclipse that everyone should see a total eclipse at least once in their lifetime. After I watched it, I believe in what he said.

Anonymous said...

I can see why the ancient people n even some today are afraid n in awe of solar eclipse. Wat a sight!

Anonymous said...

I wanna see! I wanna see! When is the next one????

Anonymous said...

i heard that we can never see a total eclipse of the sun in singapore. is it true?

Daryl said...

Once upon a time I was falling in love... now I'm only falling apart.

Oh wait, that's a different kind of total eclipse.