Total Solar Eclipse of 2006 March 29
Fred Espenak and Jay Anderson
The following is a
brief description of the NASA Technical Publication "Total Solar
Eclipse of 2006 March 29" (NASA/TP-2004-212762):
On 2006 March 29, a total eclipse
of the Sun will be visible from within a narrow corridor
which traverses half the Earth. The path of the Moon's
umbral shadow begins in Brazil and extends across the
Atlantic, northern Africa, and central Asia where it ends at
sunset in western Mongolia. A partial eclipse will be seen
within the much broader path of the Moon's penumbral shadow,
which includes the northern two thirds of Africa, Europe,
and central Asia.
Detailed predictions for this event
are presented and include besselian elements, geographic
coordinates of the path of totality, physical ephemeris of
the umbra, topocentric limb profile corrections, local
circumstances for approximately 350 cities, maps of the
eclipse path, weather prospects, the lunar limb profile and
the sky during totality. Information on safe eclipse viewing
and eclipse photography is included.
Number of Pages: 74.
Publication Date: 2004 November.
eclipse bulletins contain detailed
predictions, maps and meteorology for future central solar eclipses
of interest. These publications are prepared in cooperation with the
Working Group on Eclipses
of the International Astronomical Union and are provided as a public
service to both the professional and lay communities, including
educators and the media. In order to allow a reasonable lead time
for planning purposes, subsequent bulletins will be published 18 to
24 months before each event.
The document "Total
Solar Eclipse of 2006 March 29" (NASA/TP-2004-212762) was written by
Fred Espenak (NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt,
Maryland, USA) and Jay Anderson (Prairie Weather Center, Winnipeg,
Manitoba, CANADA). Hard copies of this publication may be ordered
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eclipse publication is also available in electronic format as two
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Permission is freely
granted to reproduce any portion of this NASA publication. All uses
and/or publication of this material should be accompanied by an
appropriate acknowledgment of the source (e.g.- Eclipse maps and
data courtesy of Fred Espenak and Jay Anderson, NASA/TP-2004-212762
"Total Solar Eclipse of 2006 March 29").
and corrections are solicited to improve the content and layout in
subsequent editions of this publication series.
Fred Espenak Jay Anderson
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Environment Canada
Planetary Systems Branch, Code 693 123 Main Street, Suite 150
Greenbelt, MD 20771 Winnipeg, MB,
USA CANADA R3C 3V4
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