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Be Among First Humans To Witness Total Solar Eclipse In Antarctica

Posted November 21, 2003

— Viewers will have a front-row seat for an exceptional event Sunday, Nov. 23, starting at 5 p.m., when Discovery HD Theater broadcasts "Solar Eclipse Live from Antarctica."

This rare opportunity will be shot in high-definition, giving viewers a superlative, detailed image of the eclipse.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh is one of only a handful of museums nationwide that will broadcast the program in high definition. The museum will extend its hours to allow visitors to view the program live on its large-format screen in the WRAL Digital Theater.

This will be the first total eclipse of the sun in Antarctica to be witnessed by humans; the last total solar eclipse recorded for the region occurred Sept. 21, 1903, before permanent research stations were established there.

Cameras will be set up at Russia's Novolazarevskaya Station and Japan's Syowa Station, as well as at a nearby Adelie penguin rookery to record their reaction as Antarctica's midnight sun is temporarily blocked by the moon. In addition, the eclipse will be filmed from an airplane flying 33,000 feet above the continent.

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