Total eclipse favours the Pacific

The second total eclipse of the Moon of the year occurs this week – but few populated parts of the planet will be able to view the entire show.

Sky & Telescope illustrationThe Moon’s passage through the Earth’s dark shadow on Tuesday, 28 August, may be seen in full from the Pacific region stretching from the western half of the USA to the eastern side of Australia.

The whole of both countries, plus most of Canada and Asia, will see much of the main event. New Zealand is excellently placed to witness the entire eclipse with the Moon at a decent altitude in the sky. Sadly for those of us on the other side of the world, no part of the eclipse will be visible from Europe.

The attached illustration, courtesy of Sky & Telescope magazine, shows circumstances for different parts of the globe. More detailed timings can be found at the S&T website or at the site of Nasa’s “Mr Eclipse”, Fred Espenak.

A Nasa team will be taking a special interest in the eclipse. They will watching for meteor impacts caused by comet debris falling from the direction of the Sun.

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Paul Sutherland

Paul Sutherland

I have been a professional journalist for nearly 40 years. I write regularly for science magazines including BBC Sky at Night magazine, BBC Focus, Astronomy Now and Popular Astronomy. I have also authored three books on astronomy and contributed to others.
Paul Sutherland

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Paul Sutherland

I have been a professional journalist for nearly 40 years. I write regularly for science magazines including BBC Sky at Night magazine, BBC Focus, Astronomy Now and Popular Astronomy. I have also authored three books on astronomy and contributed to others.

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