Total Solar Eclipse - 26 February 1998

On Thursday, February 26, 1998 a total solar eclipse will begin in the Pacific Ocean, about 2000 miles southeast of Hawaii, track across the Pacific to the Galapagos Islands, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, and the Caribbean, and finally move across the Atlantic. A partial eclipse will be visible around midday over most of the southern and eastern United States, and part of the midwest. More information on the exact times and percentage of coverage is given in the links below.

The important thing to remember is never look directly at a partial eclipse without proper eye protection. Permanent eye damage can result. It is best to use a pinhole camera or other method to project the image of the sun onto a surface to look at. To look at an eclipse directly, use only number 14 welder's glass, a mylar filter, or a metal-on-glass filter bought from a welding supply shop or astronomical outlet. Do NOT use exposed film, sunglasses, smoked glass, polarizing filters, or photographic neutral density filters. These will not filter out infrared radiation, which can damage your eyes in a very short time. Telescope "sun filters" which screw into the eyepiece should also be avoided, as they can overheat and crack when sunlight is coming through them, and retinal damage can occur instantly. See below for more details.

Eclipse Information

Fred Espanek's Eclipse Page
Laboratory for Extraterrestrial Physics Eclipse Page - eclipse predictions, tips on observing eclipses and more
Times and percentage coverage of eclipse - U.S. and Canadian cities
SDAC Eclipse Information - SOHO Group
View the eclipse track on Earth from space - GOES-10 satellite images of eclipse path on-line
NASA Goddard Eclipse Page - Public Affairs Office
Earth View ECLIPSE Network - Information about the history, science, and observation of eclipses
NASA Eclipse Bulletin
Map of Eclipse Path - U.S. Naval Observatory
Tips on Eye Safety during an eclipse - School of Optometry, University of Waterloo

NSSDCA Planetary Home Page
NSSDCA Home Page
Dr. David R. Williams,
NSSDCA, Mail Code 690.1
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771

NASA Official: Ed Grayzeck,
Last Updated: 30 December 2004, DRW