Rare Total Eclipse for Africa, Australia

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: December 3, 2002   View Article

Amateur and professional astronomers are flocking to the southern hemisphere to catch one of nature’s greatest shows—a total eclipse of the sun. The spectacle gives earthlings a rare glimpse of the corona, the scorching hot and faint outer atmosphere of the sun.

“Solar eclipses are spectacular to watch because of the drama of the sky going dark in the daytime, the blue sky going away, the rapid changes in the sun,” said Jay Pasachoff, an astronomer from Williams College in Massachusetts.

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