Partial solar eclipse Sunday morning

Partial solar eclipse Sunday morning

NEW YORK, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Early-risers on the East Coast -- and those in parts of Europe and Africa -- will be able see a rare solar eclipse Sunday morning.
NASA rover on Mars captures sharpest images ever of Martian eclipse

NASA rover on Mars captures sharpest images ever of Martian eclipse

PASADENA, Calif., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- NASA says its Mars rover Curiosity captured an image of the moon Phobos passing in front of the sun in the sharpest images ever taken of a Martian eclipse.

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ESA project to design new technology

PARIS, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- The European Space Agency says it's running an initiative to prove the feasibility of creating a new and promising technology within a very short time.

Solar eclipse darkens Asia

VARANASI, India, July 22 (UPI) -- Millions of Hindus bathed in India's holy rivers and throngs of gazers across Asia sought vantage points early Wednesday to view a rare total solar eclipse.

NASA awards two development contracts

WASHINGTON, June 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency says it has selected two science proposals for development into full missions as part of the agency's Small Explorer program.

Astronomers look skyward to track Odysseus

NEW YORK, June 24 (UPI) -- Astronomers from North and South America completed their odyssey determining when Odysseus slew his wife's suitors after returning home from the Trojan War.

Mars Express survives solar eclipse season

PARIS, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- The European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft has emerged from a demanding solar eclipse season during which it operated only on battery power.

Eclipse used to help solve mystery

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., March 29 (UPI) -- Scientists from around the world journeyed to areas from Brazil to Mongolia early Wednesday morning to view a solar eclipse -- and try to solve a mystery.

Half of the Earth to see a solar eclipse

WASHINGTON, March 28 (UPI) -- A major astronomical event occurs Wednesday -- a total solar eclipse in which the moon's shadow blocks Earth-bound views of the sun from Brazil to Mongolia.

Scientists prepare for a solar eclipse

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., March 20 (UPI) -- A team of Williams College faculty and students is preparing to observe the March 29 total solar eclipse that will sweep across the Earth.

Cloud obscures annular eclipse

LONDON, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Clouds obscured an annular eclipse for most sky-gazers across Europe and Asia Monday as the moon passed in front of the sun.

Solarscope to view sun during eclipse

HYERES, France, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- A French inventor has created the Solarscope, a device that makes it safe to look at the sun during a solar eclipse.

Solar eclipse visible across U.S. Friday

WAUKESHA, Wis., April 6 (UPI) -- A partial solar eclipse will be visible across much of the southern and eastern regions of the United States on Friday afternoon.

Tourists may flock to Libya for an eclipse

TRIPOLI, Libya, March 28 (UPI) -- Libya may be one of the Mediterranean's least popular vacation spots, but that may change next year when it will be a prime spot to watch a solar eclipse.
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Solar Eclipse
VAN2000080203 - 02 AUGUST 2000 - VANCOUVER, B.C. CANADA: A partial solar eclipse of the sun as seen over Vancouver reaches its maximun effect at 8:08 pm Sunday, July 31, with the moon blocking 32.7 percent of the sun. cc/hr/H. Ruckemann UPI

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Sun and the Earth so that the Sun is fully or partially covered. This can only happen during a new moon, when the Sun and Moon are in conjunction as seen from the Earth. At least two and up to five solar eclipses can occur each year on Earth, with between zero and two of them being total eclipses. Total solar eclipses are nevertheless rare at any location because during each eclipse totality exists only along a narrow corridor in the relatively tiny area of the Moon's umbra.

A total solar eclipse is a spectacular natural phenomenon and many people travel to remote locations to observe one. The 1999 total eclipse in Europe helped to increase public awareness of the phenomenon, as illustrated by the number of journeys made specifically to witness the 2005 annular eclipse and the 2006 total eclipse. The recent solar eclipse of January 26, 2009, was an annular eclipse (see below), while the solar eclipse of July 22, 2009 was a total solar eclipse.

In ancient times, and in some cultures today, solar eclipses have been attributed to supernatural causes. Total solar eclipses can be frightening for people who are unaware of their astronomical explanation, as the Sun seems to disappear in the middle of the day and the sky darkens in a matter of minutes.

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