I love this animated GIF produced by NASA. It really makes it clear to me how the shadow of the moon falls across the earth during the eclipse.
During the late afternoon of Oct. 23, 2014, a partial solar eclipse will be visible from much of North America before sundown. However, it is never safe to look at the sun with the naked eye.
Image Credit: NASA/Sinclair
When the moon begins it’s partial eclipse of the sun tomorrow do not look directly at the sun even for a split second – even with sun-glasses. One safe way to look at the sun is if you have special eclipse glasses like these.
Eclipse viewing glasses
Or… you can build a simple pin-hole camera
Or… check out the live broadcast of the eclipse from Griffith Observatory
Partial Eclipse – Streamed live from the Griffith Observatory
Tomorrow night (Monday April 14th) there will be a SPECTACULAR opportunity to view the total lunar eclipse. It’s visible just about everywhere in North America – and we have great viewing opportunities in So Cal.
Below is a photo I took at a lunar eclipse in 2011 from the Griffith Observatory.
Tomorrow the Griffith will be open until 2AM to allow the public to fully experience this event. I’ll be there too.
The eclipse won’t begin to be visible until about 10:30pm our time Monday night.. and it won’t be total until about 12am. The moon will take on a deep red tinge as the light from a million million sunsets from around the world converge on the moon.
The folks over at JPL have commanded the Cassini spacecraft currently orbiting Saturn to turn it’s cameras back towards the Earth today. From between 2:27 and 2:42pm PDT Cassini will be positioned behind Saturn… and the Earth will be positioned perfectly below the rings. Although the Earth will only be several pixels across it will still represent one of the iconic photos capturing our home in the cosmos.
Here is a video tour showing both the Saturn system – along with Cassini. At around the 59 second mark this shows approximately what Cassini will see when it takes our photo.
note: Original video provided by Southern Stars (makes of Sky Safari apps for iOS, Android and OSx). The video was slightly edited by LookUpTonight to include some additional text information during the video.