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Effects of the eclipse

May 2013: In the totality of an eclipse, viewers make both scientific and personal observations.
RELATED TOPICS: OBSERVING | ECLIPSES
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On November 14, 2012, I watched without optical aid as the Moon covered the Sun. From the deck of Celebrity Cruise’s Millennium in the South Pacific, the other passengers and I enjoyed 3½ minutes of eclipse totality under a cloud-free sky. Perhaps the most inspiring sight occurred just before second contact, when the Moon’s edge was poised to cross in front of the Sun and began the total eclipse.

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