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Save the date: solar eclipse

NASA to webcast total solar eclipse the morning of Aug. 1

9:27am, July 31, 2008

Mark your calendars. On Friday, Aug. 1, NASA scientists will broadcast and webcast the next total eclipse of the sun, live from China. Viewers can watch the event on NASA Television beginning at 6:00 a.m. EST. They can also watch it at the website for the Exploratorium in San Francisco starting at 6:30 a.m. EST (click here for a list of times by city).

During a total solar eclipse, the moon’s shadow falls on Earth. The shadow is cast when the moon passes directly between Earth and the sun. For a few seconds, the moon blocks the sun’s light. Spectators who live within regions where the shadow falls will witness the moon blocking out the majority of the sun’s light.

This particular eclipse will sweep across the planet in a slim path that begins in Nunavut,

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