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Skywatchers in the north of South America have seen an annular eclipse.



The eclipse was viewed from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana

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On Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006, 5:03.4 GMT, the sun crosses the celestial equator, from north to south; this marks the beginning of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere.
At the autumnal equinox the sun is above the equator, and night and day are of equal length
The Sun enters the zodiac sign of Libra at 5:03 GMT.

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Annular Solar Eclipse of 2006 September 22
On Friday, 2006 September 22, an annular eclipse of the Sun will be visible from within a narrow corridor which traverses half the Earth. The path of the Moon's antumbral shadow begins in northern South America and crosses the South Atlantic with no further landfall. A partial eclipse will be seen from a much larger region including South America, the eastern Caribbean, western Africa, and Antarctica.

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The path of the annular eclipse begins in Guyana at 09:48 UT when the Moon's antumbral shadow meets Earth and forms a 323 kilometre wide corridor. Guyana's capitol city Georgetown lies just a few kilometres outside the path's northern limit. Here, a magnitude 0.920 partial eclipse will be seen at sunrise. On the central line 160 kilometres south, the duration of annularity is 5 minutes 31 seconds).
Rushing east, the antumbra quickly enters Surinam where its capital city Paramaribo lies deep within the antumbral path. Maximum eclipse in Paramaribo occurs at 09:51 UT, the Sun's altitude is 5 and the duration of annularity is 5 minutes 1 seconds. Continuing into French Guiana, the capitol city Cayenne stands just 10 kilometres south of the central line. Maximum eclipse occurs at 09:53 UT as the Sun stands 8 above the eastern horizon during an annular phase lasting 5 minutes 42 seconds.

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Jupiter and the double star Zubenelgenubi are only 0.5 degrees apart tonight.


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Exceptionally high tides could occur over the next few days due to the moon being at 'perigee' (closest to the Earth), combined with a full moon, ( when the Moon, Earth and the Sun are aligned).

The tides are expected to rise an extra 15cm, putting at risk lower lying ground.

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Hum,
A nice prtial lunar eclipse.

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-- Edited by Blobrana at 11:36, 2006-09-08

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A partial lunar eclipse will be visible from Korea early on Friday morning. Between 3:45 and 4:38 a.m., the Earth will block the sun's rays on the full moon in the southern skies, the Korea Astronomy Observatory said Wednesday.
A partial lunar eclipse occurs when the three bodies are not exactly in line and the moon is only partly within the Earth's umbral shadow. Starting at around 1:42 a.m., the full moon will grow reddish and by 3:51 a.m. the eclipse will reach its zenith, with about 20 percent of the moon in the shadow. The next lunar eclipses visible in Korea will be on March 4 and Aug. 28 next year, and they will be total.

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A partial eclipse of the moon will occur in Hong Kong on September 8th.
According to the The Hong Kong Observatory, 18.9% of the moon's diameter will enter the Earth's umbra, or shadow.
As the moon crosses the Earth's penumbra, or partial shadow. It will appear appreciably dimmer during the eclipse.
Observers will see the moon become dimmer and perhaps redder from 2:05 a.m. to 3:38 a.m. The best places to observe the event will be those with unobstructed views to the southwest.

As a sidenote, the planet Uranus will only be about 2.5 degrees away from the moon.

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The Cassini spaceprobe makes a Titan Flyby on September 7, 2006, at an altitude of 1000 km and at a speed of 6.0 km/sec .

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