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Information on the forthcoming total solar eclipse December 2002

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On Wednesday, 2002 December 04, a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible from within a narrow corridor which traverses the southern part of Africa. The path of the Moon's umbral shadow begins in the South Atlantic and crosses southern Africa. After traversing the southern Indian Ocean, the path sweeps through southern Australia where the eclipse ends at sunset. A partial eclipse will be seen within the much broader path of the Moon's penumbral shadow, which includes most of Africa (excluding the north), parts of Indonesia, Australia and eastern Antarctica. The southern part of Zimbabwe is expected to be one of the best localities for viewing the eclipse. This article gives details about the best viewing locations, likely weather conditions, time and duration of the eclipse, the sky during the eclipse and safety aspects of eclipse viewing.



The Zimbabwe Science News Volume 35 (3+ 4) 2001, pp. 59-62



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