Monday, July 16, 2007

Eclipse path total, hybrids and annular on Google Earth

I found this message on the starry night listserve that I get. It is a question about using Starry Night software to find eclipse paths. Here is some additional information I would like to coonvey.


Solar Eclipses

(1) The
Google Earth (available for MacOS X, Windows and Linux) files, draw the solar eclipses paths across Earth’s surface (calculations by Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC).
The northern and southern limits of a solar eclipse path are plotted in pink while the central line is blue.

(2) ( info at )
Google Earth 4 User Guide.

Xavier M. Jubier's information says
The "dynamic local circumstances predictions at the click’s location", a feature available with my
interactive Google maps, can’t be implemented as is because the Google Earth client application provides no means of getting the current pointer position.

However, by clicking on the framed cross-hair cursor always located at the center of the view, you will obtain the local circumstances at that location (have a look at this

(4) The
Five Millennium Canon of Solar Eclipses Database will give you access to every eclipses over the -1999 to +3000 period.

(5) When a link is followed by symbol (earth like globe with swirls) , it means you have
two different files.

(6) The first one is a plain Google Earth file

(7) the symbol, being the second one, is a self-contained Google Earth file with new high resolution satellite image overlays.

You can then overlay meteorological data files with the eclipse path as well as maps of
* meteor crater from all over the world
* volcanoes
* more

? let me know
Dr. Eric Flescher (, Olathe, KS: Lat 38.834, Lon -94.778: Russian Eclipse Tour 2008: Eclipse sightings > E.O.A.S. (Earth, Oceans, Atmosphere and Space) Blog -:State of Kansas-JPL NASA Solar System Ambassador: Comet Observers Award Coordinator- Astronomy League/ Astronomical Society of Kansas, KC, MO-Louisburg,KS: Subscribe to (send your email to) : Eric's Black Sun Eclipse newsletter: Subscribe to (send your email to)<>:Website- eclipse sightings : Satori Astronomy Website- : Member #2572 IMCA

1a. Re: Solar Eclipse Finder?
Posted by: "rylven"
Date: Sun Jul 15, 2007 4:30 am ((PDT))
> Starry Night doesn't show the path of totality, but the shadow of the
> Moon can be seen and followed across the surface of the Earth during
> solar eclipses. Be sure to turn on the shadows under Options:Solar
> System:Planets/Moons:Eclipses.
> Geoff Gaherty
> Starry Night Software Support

Thanks Geoff!

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