Solar Eclipse in Cairo


Solar Eclipse in Cairo

Jan. 4, 2011, 10:00 - 2:00 PM

AUC Tahrir Sq. Campus, Science Garden & Ewart Hall

10:00 - 12:00 Eclipse Sighting, Fun Lab, Science & Technology Demos

12:00 - 2:00 Documentary “The Sun & 2012 End of World Scenarios”

The Event is open for the Public

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Press Coverage:

  1. Arabic:  1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 |7 | 8                              

  2. English: 1 | 2

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A Solar Eclipse will take place in Cairo on Tue. Jan. 4 during 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partially obscuring the Earth's view of the Sun. On Jan. 4, the moon will eclipse the Sun partially. The eclipse will peak during 10:30 - 11:00 AM where 55% of the solar disk will be obscured by the Moon.  Solar eclipses are unique and rare events that are rich as outreach and research opportunities. For instance, Einstein's theory of General Relativity (that represents our best understanding of gravity; published in 1915) was not confirmed until the 1919 total solar eclipse during which light from distant stars was observed to bend while passing by the Sun (due to its immense gravity) precisely as predicted by Einstein. During the next ten years only three other solar eclipses will be visible from Cairo: in 2013, 2015, and 2020.

The event program includes the following:

  1. Observing the eclipse with eclipse eyeglasses

  2. Observing the Sun's activities during the eclipse with a special solar telescope

  3. An exhibition with the Fun Lab and Science & Technology Demos

  4. Documentaries & public lecture in Ewart Hall including an interview with a NASA Scientist

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