NASA Audio File

NASA PREVIEWS JULY 11, 2010 TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE
07.06.10
 
On Sunday, 2010 July 11, a total eclipse of the sun will be visible from within a narrow corridor that traverses Earth's southern Hemisphere. The path of the Moon's umbral shadow crosses the South Pacific Ocean where it makes no landfall except for Mangaia (Cook Islands) and Easter Island (Isla de Pascua). The path of totality ends just after reaching southern Chile and Argentina. The Moon's penumbral shadow produces a partial eclipse visible from a much larger region covering the South Pacific and southern South America.

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FRED ESPENAK
ASTROPHYSICIST


(Cut 1) - RT:00:49 - “The eclipse that occurs on July 11th, is a total solar eclipse and it takes place in the South Pacific. The path of the moon’s shadow starts about a thousand miles north of New Zealand and speeds across the Pacific Ocean and it ends at sunset in Tierra del Fuego in Chile and Argentina.”

“Totality will last up to about 5 minutes and 20 seconds if you’re at the right spot.”

“One of the most unique things about this particular eclipseis that it crosses a very interesting archaeological site, Easter Island. And on Easter Island there are these great statues that were erected a thousand, fifteen hundred years ago, a lot of mystery about these statues. But in any case this is the first total eclipse that’s hit the island in about 1400 years.”
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HOLLY GILBERT
ASTROPHYSICIST


(Cut 1) RT:00:51 -  “So during a total solar eclipse the moon comes between the sun and the Earth and it casts a shadow on the Earth. And for those people that happen to be in that small area where the shadow is, they’re going to experience what we call a total solar eclipse. And basically the moon exactly blocks out the solar disc, which is a good thing for those of us that study the outer atmosphere because in blocking out the very, very bright solar disc we are then able to view the outer atmosphere called the corona, which is much less bright. It’s about a million times less bright than the disc. So the solar eclipse provides a rare opportunity to view the outer atmosphere. And the moon just happens to be at the exact perfect distance away from the Earth that it completely blocks out just the disc of the sun.”
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