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Calendar note: next total solar eclipse due in Bratislava on May 16... 2227

DOZENS of Bratislavans arrived at the Danube embankment on January 4 to watch the partial eclipse of the sun in a programme organised by the Slovak National Museum (SNM). “In the morning the weather looked ideal; the sky was clear and Venus was shining very clearly in it. But later when the sun started to rise, the air became warmer and fog started to form,” Katarína Maštenová of the Natural History Museum of the SNM told the TASR newswire.

The solar eclipse in Stará Lesná.The solar eclipse in Stará Lesná. (Source: TASR)

DOZENS of Bratislavans arrived at the Danube embankment on January 4 to watch the partial eclipse of the sun in a programme organised by the Slovak National Museum (SNM). “In the morning the weather looked ideal; the sky was clear and Venus was shining very clearly in it. But later when the sun started to rise, the air became warmer and fog started to form,” Katarína Maštenová of the Natural History Museum of the SNM told the TASR newswire.

Because it was then not possible to see the solar eclipse from the banks of the Danube, a group of enthusiasts drove to Koliba, the highest peak in Bratislava. “It was an interesting observation; we did not even have to use filters as the fog created natural protection,” Maštenová said. The partial solar eclipse was visible from about 8:00 to 11:00.

The next partial solar eclipse in Slovakia will be around noon on March 20, 2015. The next total solar eclipse will be on November 13 and 14, 2012 but it will be visible only from northern Australia and mostly uninhabited regions in the southern Pacific. The next total solar eclipse in Slovakia will come on October 7, 2135 but it will be visible only in northern parts of Slovakia. The next total solar eclipse in Bratislava will be on May 16, 2227.


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