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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


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Last Updated: 30 December 2004, DRW