exploratorium.edu eclipse pre-show
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wednesday, December 4, 2002. 9:30-10:00 p.m. Pacific Time

From the Exploratorium's Phyllis C. Wattis Webcast Studio

During the only total solar eclipse of 2002, the shadow of the moon will race across Southern Africa, the Indian Ocean, and then on to the west coast of Australia at sunset. Totality is expected to last a brief two minutes or less. Because it’s the rainy season in Africa, viewing will be chancy, so our Live@ crew will be watching from San Francisco. Join our experienced eclipse watchers, Ron Hipschman and Paul Doherty, for a play-by-play warm-up to view live images from other sites. They'll point out what to look for when watching a total solar eclipse, show how to safely observe an eclipse, model how eclipses happen, and tell about upcoming eclipses. As the shadow of the moon strikes the earth, our pre-show will end and the celestial show will begin.

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please note

Be careful when watching a solar eclipse! Never look directly at the sun, either with the naked eye or through any optical device, including cameras, binoculars, or telescopes.

    • How to view an eclipse
    • What to see during an eclipse
    • Why eclipses happen

related links

Astronomy Picture of the Day
Reuters Eclipse Report
Live from Africa & Australia
World map showing regions of visibility
Astronomical Society of South Australia
International Astronomical Union
FEST Eclipse page
Total Solar Eclipse in Southern Australia
Eclipse Photography
Watch the Eclipse from South Africa
A solar eclipse gallery
Baily Bead Predictions
Syzygy in Ceduna

PLEASE NOTE: The links above go to outside websites. The Exploratorium is not responsible for the content (or lack thereof...) of these sites. We provide them for the viewer's convenience.


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