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#Eclipse Path of Totality

21 Aug

Screen Shot 2017-08-21 at 12.35.19 PMExcitement is high. Photos on phones not so good. The temperature has dropped 6 degrees since crescent began crossing the sun.  By .1 second Makanda, Illinois near Carbondale, Illinois has the longer totality.

The point of greatest eclipse is where the axis of the Moon’s shadow passes closest to the center of the Earth. Since this is a strictly geometric concept, scientists use this point to compare different eclipses with each other. For example, each eclipse on NASA’s list of past and future eclipses is described by the date and time at its point of greatest eclipse. The point of greatest eclipse for the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse will see 2 minutes, 40.1 seconds of totality. The closest towns to this location are Cerulean and Hopkinsville, Kentucky, which each will experience 2 minutes, 40 seconds of totality.

NASA: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2017/greatest-eclipse-and-greatest-duration-what-s-the-difference

More later…

 

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Posted by on August 21, 2017 in Living in Holland

 

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