Total Eclipse of the Sun on July 11, 2010 animated

As it actually appeared from space on July 11, 2010

South America views of the solar eclipse

To my friends in South America, I hope you will find this animated map useful to you for the July 11, 2010 total eclipse of the Sun. To get you started, use the green buttons to the bottom-right of the map to stop, reverse or step forward the frames of animation. Each frame represents one minute of time and there are 300 frames in total which come to a 5 hour time span.

As you can see, the southern tip of Argentina will see the ending of the total solar eclipse. Chile will have a slightly longer view. I assume weather will be a key factor in seeing anything at all in this part of the world, since it is winter there!

Why do some of the suns disappear in this animation? The disappearing suns represent sunset (use the green buttons to step through the animated sunset for the city of interest). This all happens inside the elongated ellipse (which is cut off towards the bottom). An example of this can be seen in Montevideo Uruguay where the sun is being partially eclipsed. Right at sunset, during the partial eclipse still in progress, the sun sets. Now if you look at La Paz Bolivia, which is outside the truncated ellipse, the Sun remains visible during this time period for the Sun has not yet gone below the horizon.

I just recently added the norther tip of New Zealand to the global map above. I would be curious to know if anyone from that country sees anything!

What software am I using to generate the maps: the sun and shadows were created in Starry Night Pro along with the sphere. The maps themselves came from a neat software called Alcyone Solar Eclipse Calculator. All of this was tied together in Adobe Flash (well, for me, it is Macromedia Flash 8 and Dreamweaver 8).

Anyway, have fun with this! If you have any questions or comments about this animation, please feel free to email by clicking the link below.

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Updated on July 15, 2010