A total solar eclipse occurs on Friday, 1 August, 2008, in northern Canada, the Arctic, and Asia. The total eclipse begins at 09:21:07 UT in Canada, crosses Greenland and the Arctic Ocean into Russia and Mongolia, and ends in China at 11:21:28 UT. The maximum eclipse is at 10:21:08 UT, when the total phase will last just under 2½ minutes.
Novosibirsk will have a fantastic view of the eclipse, being close to the centreline; the centreline passes right over Ob', just west of Novosibirsk, and residents there will see a total eclipse lasting over 2 minutes and 20 seconds.
The partial eclipse will be visible over north-eastern Canada, most of Asia and Europe, and the Middle East between 08:04:07 UT and 12:38:28 UT.
Much more detailed information on this eclipse may be found at Fred Espenak's site. You can plot the eclipse for yourself using the table of mapping co-ordinates.
Please note that these maps are very approximate. Check with reliable sources before making travel plans.
The eclipse begins in far northern Canada, at about 09:24 UT; the zone of totality is 206km wide, and the eclipse will last for 1 minute 30 seconds. The track then heads north-east, crossing northern Greenland at about 09:30, and passes near the pole before dipping down into Russia.
The eclipse reaches the Russian mainland at 10:10 UT, with a path 232km wide, and a duration of 2 minutes 26 seconds. Greatest eclipse occurs shortly after, at 10:21 UT, when the path will be 236km wide, and the duration up to 2 minutes 27 seconds.
The path then moves south-east, crossing into Mongolia and just clipping Kazakhstan at around 10:58 UT. The path here is 252km wide, but the duration is down to 2 minutes 10 seconds. The path then runs down the China-Mongolia border, ending in China at 11:18 UT, with an eclipse lasting 1 minute 27 seconds at sunset.
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