Total Solar Eclipse of 1998 February 26 by National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationThis work is the latest in a series of NASA publications containing detailed predictions, maps, and meteorological data for future total and annular solar eclipses of interest. Published as part of NASAs Technical Publication (TP) series, the eclipse bulletins are prepared in cooperation with the Working Group on Eclipses of the International Astronomical Union and are provided as a public service to both the professional and lay communities, including educators and the media. In order to allow a reasonable lead time for planning purposes, eclipse bulletins are published 18 to 24 months before each event. On Thursday, 1998 February 26, a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible from within a narrow corridor which traverses the Western Hemisphere. The path of the Moons umbral shadow begins in the Pacific, continues through northern South America and the Caribbean Sea, and ends at sunset off the Atlantic coast of Africa. A partial eclipse will be seen within the much broader path of the Moons penumbral shadow, which includes parts of the United States and eastern Canada, Mexico, Central America and the northern half of South America.
Total Solar Eclipse Oranjestad, Aruba Feb 26, 1998
Solar eclipse of February 26, 1998
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A total solar eclipse occurred on February 26, A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun , thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon's apparent diameter is larger than the Sun's, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness. Totality occurs in a narrow path across Earth's surface, with the partial solar eclipse visible over a surrounding region thousands of kilometres wide. This eclipse is a member of a semester series. An eclipse in a semester series of solar eclipses repeats approximately every days and 4 hours a semester at alternating nodes of the Moon's orbit.
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CNN -- The disappearance, and then reappearance, of the sun was probably one of the most baffling events known to early humans -- how could such a thing be? The life-giving light vanishes, in the middle of the day, for up to seven minutes or so, only to return bright as ever. It must have been a bad omen. Ancient Chinese thought eclipses were caused when a dragon tried to swallow the sun, and created a loud commotion attempting to frighten the dragon away. Chinese astronomers were charged with predicting their occurrence under penalty of death if they failed. Tahitians, however, believed an eclipse was the sun and the moon engaging in a private moment, and natives of Arctic America believe eclipses are moments when the two celestial bodies drop down to earth to see how things are going.
On Thursday February 26 a total eclipse of the Sun was visible from within a narrow corridor across the Western Hemisphere. Aruba was one of the main vantage points for getting a clear view of this natural phenomenon. The path of the Moon's umbral shadow started in the Pacific, continued through northern South America and the Caribbean Sea, and ended at sunset off the Atlantic coast of Africa. A partial eclipse was seen within the much broader path of the Moon's penumbral shadow, which included parts of the United States and eastern Canada, Mexico, Central America and the northern half of South America. Aruba shared the good weather prospects characteristic of northern South America. At the southern tip of Aruba 3m 34s , the time penalty was only 9 seconds.