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Eclipse On The Net

Published: Wed 11 Aug 1999 01:03 PM
The sun's last total eclipse of the century will be visible (weather willing) by around two billion people in Europe and the Middle East, but the audience world-wide will be multiplied by a plethora of web-cams.
The astronomical event will begin off the coast of Nova Scotia at 9.23 tonight (New Zealand time - 9.23 GMT) and will race across the Atlantic, Europe and the Middle East at more than 2000 kilometres per hour before ending in the Bay of Biscay.
Romania is considered to be the prime spot, but people are gathering from Cornwall through to Iran to perform scientific studies, witness the event and in some cases wait for a cataclysmic event. The last total eclipse of the Millennium has a resonance for a number of people, there are even reports that one hardline Bulgarian communist group believes the phenomenon heralds the collapse of capitalism.
There is a host of net resources powered up for the event.
Two of the best are the UK based;
http://www.eclipse.org.uk/
and NASA's
http://www.eclipsecast.com/
NASA will also be part of the team tracking the path of the eclipse on this site
http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/index.html
There are also a large number of 'home' sites with web cams running here are a few:
IRELAND
Victor's web-cam
CORNWALL:
Cornwall Live
Pat's eclipse cam
STUTTGART:
Klipsi's webcast
HUNGARY:
profjohn.com

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