Title

Famous Total Solar Ecplises in History

Date

6-1-2017 4:00 PM

End Time

1-6-2017 6:00 PM

Location

WUC Columbia Room

Session Title

Presidential Plenary

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Melinda Shimizu

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

Eclipses have been an important part of history and at times have had immense impacts on human societies. Noted throughout literature and science, these events have been cited with a range of outcomes from ending wars, to marking the death of historically prominent people, to greater gains in scientific knowledge. There are three main types of solar eclipses: partial, annular and total. A partial eclipse occurs when only part of the sun is blocked by the moon. An annular eclipse occurs when the moon appears smaller than the sun, because it is slightly further from Earth. Because it appears smaller, a thin ring of the sun remains visible around the moon during an annular eclipse. In a total eclipse, the moon blocks the sun perfectly, casting a shadow onto Earth. Areas that fall within this shadow will experience complete darkness for seconds or minutes due to the eclipse. This poster presents only the most famous total solar eclipses and what they were known for.

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Jun 1st, 4:00 PM Jun 1st, 6:00 PM

Famous Total Solar Ecplises in History

WUC Columbia Room

Eclipses have been an important part of history and at times have had immense impacts on human societies. Noted throughout literature and science, these events have been cited with a range of outcomes from ending wars, to marking the death of historically prominent people, to greater gains in scientific knowledge. There are three main types of solar eclipses: partial, annular and total. A partial eclipse occurs when only part of the sun is blocked by the moon. An annular eclipse occurs when the moon appears smaller than the sun, because it is slightly further from Earth. Because it appears smaller, a thin ring of the sun remains visible around the moon during an annular eclipse. In a total eclipse, the moon blocks the sun perfectly, casting a shadow onto Earth. Areas that fall within this shadow will experience complete darkness for seconds or minutes due to the eclipse. This poster presents only the most famous total solar eclipses and what they were known for.