On Monday (October 3, 2005) a total sun eclipse can be seen in a narrow corridor across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. To the north and
south of the corridor a partial eclipse can be seen. Total sun eclipses occure about once every 18 months but rarely over populated area. The eclipse
starts in the North Atlantic at 08:41 (GMT). The best view will be in Madrid, Spain at 08:56 (GMT). The next total eclipse will be on March 29,
IOL: Rare eclipse set to wow the globe
September 30 2005
Skywatchers are in for a rare treat on Monday when an annular eclipse will darken the Sun in a swathe across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle
The corridor in which this dramatic event can be seen is a narrow one, snaking from the North Atlantic, where it starts at 10.41am (841GMT), across
the Iberian peninsula and then to northern and eastern Africa before petering out in the Indian Ocean at 1222GMT. Countries that lie on this path
comprise Spain, notably in Madrid (best viewing is at 856GMT), as well as Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, northern Chad, central Sudan, south-western
Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. The maximum duration of "annularity" will be four minutes, 31 seconds, when the Sun is high overhead in central Sudan,
according to the US publication Sky & Telescope.
Cities that lie north and south of the corridor will get a partial eclipse, in which the errant Moon will appear to take a bite out of the Sun.They
include Berlin, London, Moscow, Reyjkavik, Rome, Jerusalem, Tehran and Istanbul, says Nasa expert Fred Espenak. Even locations as distant as
Johannesburg and New Delhi will, weather permitting, get a tiny partial eclipse.
It is the fourth annular eclipse of the 21st century. Total eclipses happen about once every 18 months, although these usually fall over the sea or
uninhabited areas. The next total eclipse, on March 29, 2006, will traverse equatorial West Africa, the Sahara, western Mediterranean, Turkey and
Russia.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
Don´t miss this event if you live in "the zone". I will get a partial eclipse where I live
Space.com: Solar Eclipse Oct. 3 for Europe, Asia, Africa
[edit on 2005/10/1 by Hellmutt]