Solar eclipse

I almost forgot that there is a solar eclipse tomorrow (well, technically today, since it’s after midnight), August 1. It won’t be visible from here but a number of sites are offering live coverage online. Presumably there will be television coverage as well.

Exploratorium will be offering a live feed of images from their telescope from 6:00 am EST and live coverage from 6:30 am EST to 7:30 EST with their crew in China. You can also read crew blog posts as well. To quote their site:

“On August 1, 2008, a total solar eclipse will occur as the new moon moves directly between the sun and the earth. The moon’s umbral shadow will fall on parts of Canada, Greenland, the Arctic Ocean, Russia, Mongolia, and China. The Exploratorium’s eclipse expedition team (our fifth!) will Webcast the eclipse live from the remote Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in northwestern China near the Mongolian border.”

You can read crew blog posts as well as read about previous eclipses and get some background information. Apparently they’re also throwing a party in Second Life.

NASA also has a special page set up for today’s eclipse. Be warned, though — the servers are incredibly slow. They aren’t apparently offering their own live coverage as their webcast page points towards Exploratorium.

Jonathan Cainer has the following to say about the eclipse:

(from last week) “We are fast approaching a Solar Eclipse. It takes place on August 1 – but already the Moon and Earth are slowly moving into alignment with each other… and with the Sun. The astronomy of an eclipse is fascinating. The astrology is even more gripping. Mystics believe that an invisible cosmic portal opens up, allowing communication with other realms. Some say aliens find it easier to visit us, some say we get into psychic contact with our ancestors… and some just say we are more likely to get a little giddy! So really, this is best thought of as a week when ‘anything is possible’. Make sure your anything is a positive thing!”

(from today) “In some parts of the world, today’s solar eclipse will be a stunning sight. In others, we may notice a slight darkening of the sky. Astrologers have long known that it is possible to ‘capture the energy’ of an eclipse – visible or not. That is why many people choose such times for special ceremonies or to launch important plans. I am at the Big Chill festival in the UK working with astrologers to reveal this eclipse’s full meaning. On Sunday I will host a symposium on the subject.”

My horoscope for today:

“Right now, you may not have much of an option, but you do at least have an option. Should you really exchange a bird in the hand for a possible pair in the bush? Don’t you have needs that are urgent and can hardly wait another moment? The Eclipse of the Sun today, takes place in the part of your chart that governs safety and security. It suggests that something has to move and change, even in a situation that has become oppressively familiar.”

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