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Partial Eclipse Sunday.
July 26, 2000
It's eclipse time... again.
This is the last one for a while... I promise. There'll be a partial solar eclipse visible happening on Sunday, July 30th visible from the Northwest US (San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Alaska) and from Western and Northern Canada. The eclipse maximum of 33% will be visible here in Vancouver just after 8:00pm.
For a list of eclipse times in your city, check out this link:
Be careful though, the times aren't adjusted for Daylight Time. So if you're in Daylight time right now, make sure you add an hour to the time.
As always, we'll have live coverage of the eclipse on the Internet (in fact, veteran eclipse chaser Olivier Staiger is flying to Baffin Island to bring you the best possible coverage), so if you aren't in the direct area of the eclipse, or the weather doesn't behave, our doors are always open. :-) And, if you haven't entered the eclipse contest yet, now's your chance.
We're looking for more volunteers, so if you want to take part by broadcasting images of the Sun from your location, please let me know at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
If you do watch the eclipse live, DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE Sun WITH UNPROTECTED EYES. The NASA eclipse page has good information about how you can protect your eyes (http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse/extra/PSE2000Jul31.html), so please be careful.
After this, the next eclipse will be a partial solar on December 25th.
Zvezda Docks Successfully with Space Station
Partial Eclipse Sunday
Tough Bugs Ready for Spaceflight
ZVEZDA DOCKS SUCCESSFULLY WITH SPACE STATION
Everyone breathed a collective sigh of relief last night as the Russian-built Zvezda Service Module successfully docked with the Zarya Control Module on the International Space Station - the actual link-up happened at 8:45 EDT. Zvezda launched two weeks ago on board a Proton rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The next launch associated with the station will be a Progress resupply vehicle which will launch on a Soyuz rocket on August 6th. The supplies will be in preparation for the upcoming October 3rd Space Shuttle launch.
PARTIAL ECLIPSE SUNDAY
Lucky viewers in Northwest North America will have the opportunity to watch a partial solar eclipse on Sunday, which will be visible in the Northwest United States and in Western and Northern Canada. In San Francisco, the maximum eclipse (15%) will be visible at 8:20pm PDT, while Vancouver will see a 33% maximum at 8:08pm PDT. Looking directly at the Sun without proper eye protection can damage your eyes, even during an eclipse, so take proper precautions.
Universe Today will have live coverage of the eclipse from Astrocameras positioned from Seattle to Northern Canada, so if you can't see it in person, come at watch on the Internet.
TOUGH BUGS READY FOR SPACEFLIGHT
Hardy microbes found in Yellowstone National Park hot springs are about to find out if they've got the right stuff. Researchers at the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute and NASA are working to send the microbes on a brief, suborbital flight later today, where they will be exposed to the vacuum of space and solar radiation for 10 minutes. The experiment will help test the theory that life could have travelled to Earth on board a meteorite.
A few more astronomy clubs, web pages and space societies.
Hellenic Astronomical Society - http://www.astro.auth.gr/elaset
The Society was established in 1993, is an affiliated member of the European Astronomical Society and is the major organization of professional Astronomers in Greece."
Science@NASA - http://science.nasa.gov
This website features stories covering some of the most exciting research in NASA. Space and Earth science, materials and biomedical research, and advanced propulsion: Science@NASA covers them all for the non-scientist.
COSETI - http://www.coseti.org
The Optical Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence, otherwise known as Optical SETI (OSETI), seeks to detect pulsed and continuous wave laser beacons signals in the visible and Infrared spectrums.
The Lawnchair Zone - http://members.aol.com/thestarman/index.html
FREE monthly astronomy features and how-to's for stargazers. By Author and Teacher Gerry Descoteaux, The Lawnchair Astronomer.
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