Re: annular eclipse october 3rd madrid/ attention: javi el zaragozano

Date: Sun Sep 25 2005 - 12:39:18 EDT

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    In a message dated 9/25/2005 1:39:32 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, writes:
    >>will the sky darken enough at the peak of the event to allow for  naked-eye
    observations of LEO objects? <-- That is the great  question.<<
    There was a annular eclipse here in San Diego several years ago (1995  or 
    thereabouts). The sun set while still eclipsed as a much-touted "ring of  fire" 
    event. Unfortunately, even the small amount of sun showing around the moon  was 
    far too dazzling to look at directly and we had to follow the eclipse by  
    projecting the sun's image onto a white sheet of paper through binoculars (one  
    half covered with a lens cap). There was noticeable but slight ambient dimming, 
     though absolutely no darkness, visible stars, etc. It was practically the 
    same  as full daylight. The only time you could look at the sun directly was 
    when it  was actually setting, and even then only for a few seconds, barely 
    enough  time to see the annular effect. To see the annular effect directly you'll 
    need  to view the sun through a fairly thick cloud cover, or with darkened  
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