Total Solar Eclipse on August 1, 2008
Check out SPACE.com for full coverage on the next solar eclipse this Friday, August 1, 2008. They give a great synopsis of the entire route and the time of the eclipse over different parts of the world. This eclipse is the first in over two years and falls into the sign of Leo which is dramatic and exuberant energy. I have had posts about what happens to us behaviorally and astrologically during the eclipse. My past posts include Eclipses - How to Maneuver Through Them and Total Lunar Eclipse, Feb 20, 2008.
A total solar eclipse will be visible along a narrow track that will start over the Northwest Passage of Canada (the first opportunity to view a total eclipse in Canada for a generation), northern Greenland, then through Siberia and western Mongolia and before ending near the famed Silk Route of China. The path of totality for this upcoming eclipse is never more than 157 miles (252 km) wide.
Protect your eyes before looking directly into an eclipse. Just as Leo is a fiery sign, so too the eclipse can burn your eyes. Even if you are in the path of the total eclipse you will need to protect your eyes during the partial phases.
Related Reading: Eclipses 2005-2017: A Handbook of Solar And Lunar Eclipses and Other Rare Astronomical Events.