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Lucid
May 31st, 2011, 12:09 PM
Over the next month, the world will experience three eclipses: two partial solar eclipses a month apart and one total lunar eclipse exactly in between, and it all starts with a so-called "midnight" eclipse of the sun.

A solar eclipse at midnight? How is such a thing possible?

It can happen near midsummer in the high Arctic, the land of the midnight sun. And it will happen this week on June 1 and 2, visible in the northernmost reaches of North America, Europe, and Asia.

These two solar eclipse sky maps available here detail what observers could see during some of the upcoming eclipses of the sun and moon in June.

'Midnight' solar eclipse of June 2

The eclipse begins on Thursday, June 2, at dawn in northern China and Siberia, then moves across the Arctic, crossing the International Date Line and ending in the early evening of Wednesday, June 1, in northeastern Canada.

Thatís right: The eclipse begins on Thursday and ends on Wednesday because of the International Date Line. Because observers in northern Russia and Scandinavia will be observing it over the North Pole, they will actually see it in what is, for them, the middle of the night of June 1 and 2.

Solar eclipse no one will see on July 1

Exactly a month later, on Friday, July 1, an equally bizarre eclipse will occur in the Antarctic.

Because this is the southern winter, the sun will be below the horizon for almost all of Antarctica, except for a small uninhabited stretch of coast due south of Madagascar. The only place the eclipse will clear the horizon will be in a small area of the Southern Ocean, far to the south of South Africa.

Chances are that this eclipse will be witnessed only by penguins and sea birds.

Lunar Eclipse of June 15

Exactly halfway in between these two partial solar eclipses, there will be a total eclipse of the moon on Wednesday, June 15.

The eclipse will be visible for millions of people in Africa, the Middle East and southwestern Asia. It will be visible as the moon rises in the early evening in South America and Europe, and as the moon sets before dawn in eastern Asia and Australia.

Unfortunately, it will not be visible anywhere at all in North America.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/05/31/article-rare-triple-sky-treat-lunar-solar-eclipses-june-july/#ixzz1Nx0qzvWY

TimothyK
May 31st, 2011, 03:11 PM
Aww, I'd have liked to see it. I caught the red lunar eclipse that happened earlier.

icebear
May 31st, 2011, 03:30 PM
very cool! i bet i could find a webcam for visible ones

Musician in His house
May 31st, 2011, 03:51 PM
If a solar eclipse happens and no one's around to see it, does it really happen??

metroames
June 1st, 2011, 01:41 AM
I will be in Israel to see the Lunar Eclipse in a couple weeks! :sunny

icebear
June 1st, 2011, 05:54 AM
If a solar eclipse happens and no one's around to see it, does it really happen??
:aha

I will be in Israel to see the Lunar Eclipse in a couple weeks! :sunny
awesome! have a great time and stay safe :hug

WVBORN56
June 1st, 2011, 10:05 AM
I will be in Israel to see the Lunar Eclipse in a couple weeks! :sunny

That would be cool to experience the rapture in Israel. You never know....:wave

Dani D
June 1st, 2011, 01:04 PM
We have some very rare planetary alignments going on right now and also these rare eclipses this year, and it's largely being ignored by the media.

In years past the media would have done some specials on it. It seems like ever since Harold Camping made his foolish prediction and failed - anything out of the norm is now the butt of jokes and not anything to be given pause of any kind...

Signs of the times and making the verse that says He will come at an hour when we think not more relevant than it seemed before Camping's failed prediction.

TaliaKirana
June 1st, 2011, 02:16 PM
Signs of the times and making the verse that says He will come at an hour when we think not more relevant than it seemed before Camping's failed prediction.

:sad Yeah, the whole world is scoffing and mocking at the idea of the Rapture now. (Including many within the church.) Still, we have to hang on. Soon He will come!

Sandee
June 1st, 2011, 10:54 PM
As I was reading the news report at the news link, I got butterflies in my tummy. This is so rare to see and the discription of the one on July 1 gave me quite a pause. What is a sneaky eclipse, or one you can't see? Witnessed only by penguins and seabirds!!