Last Updated: January 14. 2010 1:20AM UAE / January 13. 2010 9:20PM GMT
Astronomers in Dubai have their telescopes at the ready and “eclipse glasses” on hand for the longest solar eclipse of the millennium.
The eclipse will be most complete – and the Sun almost totally obscured – at 11.06am local time over the Indian Ocean, where it will last 11 minutes, eight seconds. There will not be another solar eclipse that long until December 23, 3043, an astronomer said.
“Usually the duration of a normal eclipse does not go beyond five minutes. Eleven minutes, that is something really odd, out of the way.”
The Dubai Astronomy Group is inviting people to join them from 9am to 11am at the school, where observatory telescopes will be in December 23, 3043 an astronomer said.
“The sensitivity of our eye makes it very difficult to look directly into the Sun,” he said.
“Sun rays are too powerful for our eye. Take a bucket of water and put it on the ground and look at it there. You can see the image reflected very clearly.”
Amateur astronomers this week also could have had a glimpse of a genuine near-miss of an extrasolar object as an asteroid – a chunk of rock estimated to be about 11 metres in diameter – passed within 13,000 kilometres of the Earth. That is well within the Moon’s orbit, and made it visible to anyone with a good telescope last night, experts said.
It is estimated to be fainter than most stars in the sky as it passes through the constellations of Pisces, Orion and Taurus.
Publicado: 01-14-2010 03:05 PM
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Publicado: 01-14-2010 04:16 PM