Data Visualization Solar eclipse map

Published on July 19th, 2017 | by

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Visualizing the Next 100 Years of Solar Eclipses

The Washington Post has created an interactive data visualization illustrating historical and upcoming paths of total solar eclipses across the world. The visualization uses data from NASA’s Five Millennium Canon of Solar Eclipses, a database of information on 11,898 solar eclipses, to create maps that track the path of totality—where the moon’s umbra, or full shadow, passes during a solar eclipse—for each eclipse since 2000 BCE and path projections for the next 100 years. Users can enter their birth year to see a map of every solar eclipse that will occur in their lifetime, as well as view a map of the path of totality of a solar eclipse that will occur on August 21, 2017—the first time that a total eclipse will have ever occurred just over the contiguous United States since the country declared independence in 1776.

Take a look.

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