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Total Solar Eclipse - 11 August 1999


On Wednesday, August 11, 1999 a total solar eclipse will begin in the Atlantic Ocean, cross central Europe, the Middle East, and India. A significant partial eclipse will be visible in northern Africa, most of Europe, and parts of Asia. More information on the exact times and percentage of coverage is given in the links below. The charts above are from the Solar Eclipse Bulletin, NASA RP 1398, by Fred Espenak and Jay Anderson.

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
 Maps and Eclipse Predictions for the 1999 Eclipse
 Total Solar Eclipse of 1999 August 11 - NASA Eclipse Bulletin
 SDAC Eclipse Information - SOHO Group
 Earth View ECLIPSE Network - Information about the history, science, and observation of eclipses
 Map of Eclipse Path - U.S. Naval Observatory
 Tips on Eye Safety during an eclipse - School of Optometry, University of Waterloo
 The 26 February 1998 total solar eclipse


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Last Updated: 30 December 2004, DRW