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Partial Solar Eclipse, Watch Live!

By Dave Samuhel, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
9/11/2015, 3:24:58 PM

Despite the aurora really hogging the astronomy headlines lately, the sun will make news for other reasons this weekend.


There will be a partial solar eclipse early Sunday. (predawn hours Sunday EDT). The event will not occur in North America. The areas that will see it include southern Africa, Madagascar, and Antartica.


Even if you cannot be there to witness it in person, you can watch it live via Slooh Community Observatory.

Tune in Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. EDT.


During the show, Slooh Astronomer and host, Bob Berman, will discuss how eclipses happen, why there are so many different types of eclipses, and what each of them can teach us. They will also be sitting down with solar researcher, Dr. Lucie Green, to discuss how solar scientists use eclipses to learn more about how our star works.

Viewers can use the hashtag #SloohEclipse to ask questions and interact with Slooh's hosts during both shows.

The next solar eclipse will occur in March of 2016. It will be a total solar eclipse in parts of southeast Asia.

2017 will be a big year. The United States will be treated to a total solar eclipse. In August of 2017 a total eclipse will occur from Oregon to South Carolina.


We have been talking about it a lot over the last couple of weeks. But, the Aurora show just keeps going almost every night. Last night, a burst of solar wind sent us to a G3 (strong) geomagnetic storm. This resulted in some beautiful aurora sightings from Michigan to Alaska. here is a look at some of the pictures.


Alaska was treated to a great show

Just another night in Minnesota

Lots of pictures were tweeted in from the Edmonton/Calgary area Meteorologist Evan Duffey sent out this view from the Alaska Aurora webcam last night, includes link.
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