Total Solar Eclipse 2009

Solar EclipseIf you’re an insomniac, or just in another time-zone, you can join the other half of the world witnessing the longest total solar eclipse we’re likely to see for the next few hundred years – approximately six minutes and 40 seconds at its maximum point. Nasa’s Solar Eclipse website has all the details you never knew you wanted, as well as a Google Map of the eclipse path. And the all important live webcast links. University of Dakota from China – starting at, I think, 00.14 UTC [1.14am BST]). Or LIVE! ECLIPSE 2009 covering China, Japan and the Republic of Kiribati [broadcasting from 1am to 5am BST]. Adds Via Space Weather, a Nasa press release points to the details of additional webcasts at the website of the San Francisco Exploratorium.A reminder of the scalding soup of charged particles we’re talking about.

Although, I think I still prefer this view of a solar eclipse.