Sunday, January 25, 2009

Today's Solar Eclipse on Google Maps

HeyWhatsThat

To coincide with Australia Day and India's Republic Day (Monday) the Moon has decided to do a fly past of the Sun. Western Australia, the south of Africa, southern India, Antarctica and South East Asia will today be able to see an annular solar eclipse.

The only reason I know this is because HeyWhatsThat has updated its Cosmic Visibility and Planisphere sites with this year's solar and lunar eclipses.

The Cosmic Visibility site uses Google Maps with its sky maps to bring the night sky to your web browser. Go to Cosmic Visibility and select an eclipse on the left, and use the "+" and "-" under minutes and hours to see the Moon pass over the Sun or through the Earth's shadow.

The Planisphere site generates KML files which you can view in Google Earth's sky mode. Go to Planisphere to set your location and request a KML file for current conditions or one of the solar eclipses. For the lunar eclipses and other options, use the Advanced Planisphere site.

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