The greatest shadow on Earth

Hughes, Stephen, Wimmer, Jason, Towsey, Michael, Fahmi, Marco, Winslett, Greg M., Dubler, Gabriel, Le Prou, Angela, & Loose, David (2013) The greatest shadow on Earth. Physics Education, 49(1), pp. 88-94.

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In a total solar eclipse, the Moon completely covers the Sun, casting a shadow several hundred km wide across the face of the Earth. This paper describes observations of the 14 November 2012 total eclipse of the Sun visible from north Queensland, Australia. The edge of the umbra was captured on video during totality, and this video is provided for teaching purposes. A series of simple 'kitchen' experiments are described which demonstrate the 'sunset' effect seen on the horizon during a total solar eclipse and also the curved umbra seen in the sky when the eclipsed Sun is relatively close to the horizon.

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ID Code: 68316
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: HERN
DOI: 10.1088/0031-9120/49/1/88
ISSN: 1361-6552
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 IOP Publishing Ltd
Deposited On: 12 Mar 2014 00:09
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2015 01:02

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