Alaskans have a chance to catch a glimpse of a partial solareclipse on Sunday afternoon. That s when the moon will pass infront of the Sun and cast a shadow across the home planet ssurface on a trajectory that begins in Asia and crosses the oceaninto North America. Something strange is about to happen to the shadows beneath yourfeet, teases NASA s eclipse story with gobs of links and graphics, transforming sunbeams acrossthe Pacific side of Earth into fat crescents and thin rings oflight. The moon s penumbral shadow will darken most of Alaska during the event. In Anchorage, theeclipse will commence at one second past 3:17 p.m. Color Booklet Printing
Alaska DaylightTime, reach its maximum coverage about 4:37 p.m. and end justbefore 5:54 p.m., according to NASA s solar eclipse calculator . Here s an animation showing how that might look in various locales, includingAnchorage. Though the forecast appeared favorable on Friday and Saturday for those viewing inSouthcentral, with partly sunny skies predicted, those hopesdiminished by the day of the eclipse. “Clouds are forecast for much of the state today and it is unlikelythat there will be enough breaks in them for those in Southcentraland Southeast Alaska to witness the eclipse,” the National WeatherService reported. Childrens Book Printing Manufacturer
“By contrast, those of you in the Interior may have a chance.Generally clear to partly cloudy skies will give way to more cloudsand showers by afternoon but there will be areas where the partlycloudy skies remain over the Interior.” Meanwhile, it was also cloudy in much of the Aleutians, where thechances of the most pronounced eclipse would be visible along thewestern portions of the island chain. See the forecast for yourregion, here . The narrow path of the more intense annular eclipse — where the moon appears directly in front of the Sun to blockabout 94 percent of its surface — will cross the Pacific Oceansouth of the Aleutian Chain. For observers in this zone, the sunmight appear as a dazzling ring around the darker body, hence thename, annular, which came from a Latin word meaning ring. While Anchorage and the rest of Alaska will see the eclipse withthe moon off-center from the sun, the full ring effect of theannular phase will be visible from Taiwan to Lubbock, Texas in anarc across the North Pacific south of Alaska, wrote Mike Dunham,in a particularly detailed eclipse advance posted by the Anchorage Daily News. China Cosmetic Packaging Boxes
The maximum coverage of thesun — hence the thinnest ring — will be seen just south ofuninhabited Amatignak Island in the Aleutians, about 125 milessouthwest of Adak and the southernmost point in Alaska. NASA s page for this eclipse has lots of other information, including a highly detailed chart . For the ultimate primer on eclipses, check out NASA s main eclipse page , with its catalog for eclipse dates reaching 1,000 years into the future.Anchorage s next partial will darken local skies on Oct 23, 2014. Contact Doug O’Harra at doug(at)alaskadispatch.com.