Total eclipse of the Sun in Natal

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On March 29th 2006, the State of Rio Grande do Norte was a privileged place to watch a total eclipse of the Sun.
Eclipses of this kind are rarely seen. The Earth, Moon and Sun must be aligned; on March 29th 2006, there was a New Moon, meaning that the Moon itself had little luminosity; also, because of the season of the year (end of Summer in the Southern hemisphere, end of Winter in the Northern hemisphere), the apparent size of the Moon was bigger, causing it to cover the Sun entirely (in other situations, an aureola of Sun might remain visible).

The photos below show some images of the phenomenon. Photos were taken from the heights of Ponta Negra. There was a cloud right over the Sun/Moon; this prevented a direct visualization of the Sun, but, in turn, made taking photographies easier (all specialists warned about the danger of looking/photographing directly the Sun during the eclipse).


5:19 View of Morro do Careca

5:21 People expecting the eclipse

5:22 Sun rays scatter


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day becomes night

total eclipse of the Sun

total eclipse of the Sun

Starting at around 5:35 am, the Sun was entirely covered for about 1 minute and 32 seconds.
Click the link to see an enlarged image of this total eclipse of the Sun.


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