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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Don't Panic! It's Just a Total Solar Eclipse

Posted By on Tue, Mar 8, 2016 at 12:00 PM

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A solar eclipse! The cosmic ballet goes on...

This afternoon there will be a total solar eclipse over the western Pacific Ocean — the first that isn't in an extreme latitude since 2009 — and The Exploratorium has dispatched a crew of a dozen people plus 4,000 pounds of equipment to the remote coral island of Woleai to cover it. 

If you'd like to view it without flying to Micronesia or going totally blind, and you can't ditch work to head over to the Embarcadero for the viewing party at the museum itself, the staff has thoughtfully assembled a real-time webcast allowing you to do so. Starting this afternoon at 4 p.m., the telescope feed goes live, while from 5-6:15 p.m. you can see the eclipse itself. (Narration is provided in English and en español.)

Better still will be the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017, which will be the first of its kind visible from the United States since 1979! You'll have to drive just north of Eugene, Ore., though (or else happen to be in Nashville, Kansas City, Charleston, or a narrow swath of rural America in order to see it). 

So use science instead!

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Peter Lawrence Kane

Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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