Mar
29
2006

Images from the solar eclipse

Early this morning (4am Minnesota time) the moon moved directly between the sun and the earth, causing a total solar eclipse over a portion of the eastern hemisphere.

Collage of solar eclipse imagesSolar Eclipse 2006 Collage. Images courtesy, Nedko, ~srozekrans, dsevilla, Al- Fassam


Solar eclipse path for March 29, 2006: Courtesy NASA's Eclipse Website

Head on over to Flickr for a wide array of pictures of the eclipse tagged with some key words: eclipse2006, eclissi (italian for eclipse), the solar eclipse cluster, and eclipse+turkey.

You can only see the total eclipse for a small slice of the earth's rotation, also known as the moon's umbral shadow. But those lucky folks living between Brazil and Central Asia got to see quite a show. To learn more about this year's eclipse check out the Exploratorium's webcast from Side, Turkey.

Part of the total eclipse path crossed over the dig site at the ancient city of Çatalhöyük. I can only imagine what it would have been like to see this phenomenon when humans had no way of knowing what was going on with the celestial bodies around us, much less knew it was even coming.

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