Sunday, May 30, 2010

Solar Eclipse July 11, 2010

The total solar eclipse of this summer is set to occur on July 11, 2010 at 7:34 p.m. (UT) but will actually occur around 8:30 a.m./2:30 p.m. over the Pacific Ocean (varies by time zone). You would want to consult the local region for the actual time frame. The path of the total solar eclipse will not make it easy for viewing.

In essence, in order to see this total solar eclipse, one would need to be out on a small island (on or near Cook Islands, Mangaia, Easter Island, etc) at approximately 1:34 pm in the southern Pacific Ocean or on a ship approximately 3000 miles southeast of the Hawaiian Islands. Portions of South America in the southern regions will also get to see some of the solar eclipse. This might be a great reason to book a cruise by one or more of these wonderful tropical islands.

This total solar eclipse belongs to the Solar Saros Series 146 that originated from the South Lunar Node in the 12th family on September 19, 1541. The zodiac sign will be Cancer at 19-degrees, 24-minutes.