World Cups and Solar Eclipses

As the crowds gather in Johannesburg for the FIFA World Cup Final between Spain and the Netherlands an estimated 4000 umbraphiles are hoping for clear skies over Easter Island – and no vuvuzelas.

They’ve travelled there to be able to observe 4 min 41 secs of the total solar eclipse of July 11, 2010, which is due to occur at the same time that 22 men are chasing after a very round ball on a large patch of grass…  9.11pm BST start for the Easter Island hopefuls.

In the New York Times, Professor Jay M. Pasachoff notes some of the other 50 total solar eclipses he’s witnessed.

Btw, the many-tentacled oracle has tipped Spain…

Update  And he was right, again.

Added  Low definition image of total solar eclipse of July 11, 2010, Easter Island.  Image credit: astromatica.