The Solar Eclipse Of Sun And Moon Align Mid-Point

November's an excellent month for solar eclipse celestial shadow play. Stargazers will get two eclipses in about as many weeks, the first a amazing total solar eclipse that will showcase the sun's corona impending peak activity, and the second a subtler lunar eclipse that will be visible across much of the United States.

The theatrics solar start on Nov. 13, when residents of northeastern Australia obtain a false-start sunrise. Just an hour past the sun breaks the horizon in the coastal city of Cairns, it will be fully buried by the moon, whose shadow will darken the sky and take the stars back into view for 2 minutes there. 

 Observers in the Eastern United States will overlook out on the lunar eclipse, as the moon will by now have set there when the eclipse begins. But the rest of the country can watch at least part of it, with the period of visibility highest for people on the West Coast and in Alaska. Sky watchers approximately the world can use this NASA graphic to verify if they’ll be able to watch the solar eclipse from their backyard.

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