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2006 Total Solar Eclipse - Activities

Eclipse Viewing Stations | Webcasts of the Eclipse | Educational Eclipse Activities | Eclipse Activity Resources

IHY sponsored several activities for the 2006 Total Solar Eclipse on 29 March, 2006. Regardless of where you are located, you will be able to enjoy the eclipse and participate in educational activities to learn about the Sun and space.

    Eclipse Viewing Stations:
    There were "viewing stations" all along the path of totality of the eclipse, where "eclipse kits" consisting of special viewing glasses, eclipse posters, and eclipse information were distributed. Scientists were available at many of these viewing stations to conduct the observations and answer questions about solar eclipses, the Sun, and space research. You can read about the Eclipse Expedition to Libya in the IHY 2006 Eclipse Journal.
    More information on Eclipse Viewing Stations

    Educational Eclipse Activities:
    For people in regions that are not under the path of totality, there were several opportunities to participate in this year's event. We will be maintaining a list of Educational Eclipse Activities available throughout the world, and many educational resources are available.

    Live Webcasts of the Eclipse:
    Live webcasts were available from many eclipse sites, to provide you with the total eclipse experience. More information on Eclipse Webcasts

IHY is conducting this activity through a partnership with NASA's Sun-Earth Day Program. Every year, a day is chosen for a world-wide activities that shares the exciting discoveries and knowledge from heliophysical missions and research programs. This year's Sun-Earth Day features the Total Solar Eclipse and educational activities about the Sun and solar eclipses. All are encouraged to participate in Sun-Earth Day activities.

About the Eclipse

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On Wednesday, 2006 March 29, a total eclipse of the Sun was visible from within a narrow corridor traversing half the Earth. The path of the Moon's umbral shadow began in Brazil, extending across the Atlantic, northern Africa, and central Asia ending at sunset in western Mongolia. A partial eclipse was seen within the much broader path of the Moon's penumbra shadow, which includes the northern two thirds of Africa, Europe, and central Asia.

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See this year's eclipse predictions


Eclipse Viewing Stations

Photos from the eclipse viewing stations | IHY 2006 Libya Eclipse Expedition Journal

Eclipse viewing stations were established along the path of totality. Special "eclipse kits" containing eclipse viewing glasses, eclipse posters, eclipse information and information on IHY were available. Children and adults of all ages are welcome and encouraged to participate.

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CountryViewing Station Location Contact Start (U.T.)Maximum (U.T.) Comments
BrazilNatal, RNDr. Antonio A. SOBRINHO08:3508:35*
GhanaKumasi & LegonDr. KAKANE & Prof. MENYEH08:0009:10Dr. Alphonse STERLING**
TogoDr. Marius POTGIETER08:0009:14***
BeninDr. Marius POTGIETER08:0509:15***
NigeriaIlorin & IbadanDr. A. Babatunde RABIU08:0509:20*
NigerDr. Marius POTGIETER08:1509:30***
ChadDr. Marius POTGIETER08:3009:45***
LibyaDr. Joseph M. DAVILA*09:1010:30** +
EgyptEl-Saloum SiteDr. A. A. HADY09:2010:40**
TurkeyAnatolian PeninsulaDr. Atila OZGUC09:4012:10*
GeorgiaPoti, Senaki, Mestia & ZugdidiDr. Marina GIGOLASHVILI10:0012:30*
KazakhstanDr. Nikolay MAKARENKO10:30l2:40***
RussiaKislovodskDr. Alexander STEPANOV10:0011:15*
MongoliaDr. HUANG Guangli10:5511:14***
* = Viewing station will be attended by a research scientist who will be able to answer detailed questions on solar eclipses, the Sun, and space research.
** = The viewing station will be hosted in association with an international research expedition.
*** = An eclipse viewing station has not yet been established. Please email the local contact shown in the table to express your interest and your preference regarding the viewing station location.
+ = Read daily updates about this expedition's eclipse activities by visiting the IHY 2006 Eclipse Journal.

Maximum eclipse and start (first contact) times are in Universal Time (U.T.) or Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and are approximations, they vary inside each country. For the precise time, go to "Local Circumstances" in the NASA Eclipse Home Page.


Live Webcasts of the Eclipse

Live webcasts will be available from many eclipse sites, to provide you with the total eclipse experience.

Educational Eclipse Activities

For regions that are not under the path of eclipse totality, there were activities available to view eclipse webcasts, learn when the next solar eclipse will traverse a region, and understand more about eclipses and heliophysics.

We are maintaining a list of local activities and educational events on this site. Please contact Dr. Cristina RABELLO-SOARES to have your event listed on this site.


Educational Eclipse Resources:

Eclipse Activity Kits
There are
Sun-Earth Day Activity Kits available, consisting of posters, a CD-ROM, science activities, and other materials. Kits are available while supplies last - please register to receive your kit soon.

Online Resources
The Sun-Earth Day Website has an instructional guide, additional activity ideas and many additional online resources.

2006 Eclipse Posters: These high-resolution eclipse posters can be downloaded and printed on any large format printer. The poster is available in: English, Spanish, French, and Arabic. If you would like to volunteer to translate the text into a language that is not yet available, please contact Dr. Cristina RABELLO-SOARES.

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