On August 11, 1999, a rare total solar eclipse will cast its shadow across the earth. Part of the rarity of this year's eclipse is the fact that the path of totality (the viewing track of the total eclipse) will cover so much inhabited land. First hitting soil in Cornwall, UK, the moon's umbra (complete shadow) will cut a path relatively close to many major cities of Europe, the Middle East, and South Asia, finally ending over India in the Bay of Bengal. Cities that will view the eclipse include London, Paris, Munich, Bucharest, Baghdad, Karachi, and Ahmadabad. Of course, earthbound observers will be dependent upon clear skies to view the event. Statistical calculations of climatological data have helped determine the areas of highest probability for good weather. In addition to the wonderful spectacle, the eclipse also offers researchers unique opportunities to collect data on the sun's corona. Although the umbra will not pass over North America directly, satellite technology affords North Americans the opportunity to view the eclipse via live Webcasts (see above). The ten resources listed provide articles, information, and data in preparation for this last eclipse of the millennium.
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