The last solar eclipse of 2011 occurred on Friday


Thanksgiving Day is celebrated in America on November 24, nearly coincided with an event such as the recent solar eclipse of 2011, which happened in the early morning of Friday, November 25. But the Americans did not have to interrupt the celebration to observe this natural phenomenon, since it could be seen only some residents of the Southern Hemisphere.

According to information from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the inhabitants of South Africa, Antarctica, Tasmania and most of New Zealand could see a partial eclipse in 6:20:17 on universal international time (1:20 Eastern Standard Time). Value of 0.905 was the largest partial eclipse of the year, during which the species has disappeared from most of the sun.

Solar eclipses tend to occur during a new moon, when the moon passes between the Sun and Earth. If the moon casts a shadow on Earth during this phase, then the image of the eclipse. The fact is that the Moon fully or partially covers the Sun from the Earth observers. And just the opposite occurs when the lunar eclipse, when the full moon enters the Earth’s shadow, which occludes the sun from the moon. The next lunar eclipse will occur on December 10, 2011.

The number of solar eclipses varies each year from two to five. In 2011, a total solar eclipse was four. In 2012, astronomers predict only two eclipses. The next solar eclipse will take place May 20, 2012, and most of the inhabitants of the northern hemisphere will be able to watch this amazing natural phenomenon: the eclipse will be visible from eastern Asia to the western areas of the United States.

In the period from 2001 to 2100, according to the scientists, there will be solar eclipse of 224, 77 of which will be private, 72 - ring-shaped, 68 - and only full hybrid 7. The largest number of solar eclipses have the following years: 2011, 2029, 2047, 2065, 2076 and 2094. Each of these four years will be marked by a solar eclipse.

The longest total eclipse happened July 22, 2009, and the longest annular eclipse of the type - January 15, 2010. Eclipse that will happen May 20, 2050, will be the second hybrid eclipse, and the previous eclipse happens hybrid November 25, 2049.

Original: LiveScience

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