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The Sun in the Sky, 2002 Dec 4


sun in the sky The image at left shows the path of the Sun in the sky seen by viewers in the path of the total eclipse. The sun will rise nearly vertically into the sky for people located in the path of totality in South Africa. The image shows the position of the Sun at ten minute intervals.

At 07h20 SAST, at the start of the eclipse, the Sun will be at an azimuth of 104 degrees East of North, and an elevation of 29 degrees above the horizon. At mid eclipse at about 08h22, it will be at azimuth 100 degrees and elevation 40 degrees. At 09h30, just before the end of the eclipse, it will be at azimuth 96 degrees and elevation 59 degrees. The Sun moves through an angle of 15 degrees every hour.

In the image, for clarity the Sun is shown at twice the size it should really be. If a camera with a wide-angle lens is set to take a picture on the same piece of film at ten minute intervals for the period of time illustrated at left, the Sun would appear half the size that it does shown here.

Note that the times quoted above are typical for end of the eclipse path in South Africa, but are not exact for a specific location. Predictions for specific locations vary slightly, for example:

		totality	totality	totality
Place		start		maximum		end	

Musina		08 18 19	08 18 57	08 19 36
Kruger National Park:
Mopani		08 21 40	08 22 03	08 22 25
Punda Maria	08 19 42	08 20 59	08 20 59
Shingwedzi	08 20 43	08 21 26	08 22 09

above from: www.eclipse.za.net/html/rsa.html

Musina 		08 18 21	08 18 58	08 19 36 
Kruger National Park:
Punda Maria	08 19 43	08 20 22	08 21  1
Shingwedzi	08 20 44	08 21 27	08 22 10

above from: www.eclipse.za.net/html/2002_pred.html files: RSA_A-Z.zip

Musina		08 18 26			08 19 34
Kruger National Park:
Mopani		08 21 45			08 22 25
Punda Maria	08 19 45			08 21 03
Shingwedzi	08 20 44			08 22 10

above from: www.wits.ac.za/planetarium/eclSATowns.html


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Last updated 2002/11/12 by mike@hartrao.ac.za
. since 2002/07/08