Solar Eclipse (1st August 2008)
There was a partial solar eclipse visible from the UK on Friday morning, and a couple of us were at the observatory to view it. Using both white-light solar filters, H-alpha filtered telescope and solar projection, we were able to observe the phenomenon with success:
A total solar eclipse was visible along a narrow corridor starting from Canada, through Russia, to China – passing through populated places like Novosibirsk, Russia to more remote regions like the Gobi desert.The greatest eclipse duration, of roughly two and half minutes, was observed near the town of Nadym, Northern Siberia.
A partial eclipse could be seen from the much broader path of the Moon’s penumbra, including eastern North America, Asia and Europe. Here in the UK, obscuration of the Sun by the Moon ranged from 10% in the South to roughly 35% in Scotland.