Sun Being Eclipsed
Bad news for the wind energy industry are not necessarily translating into the same for solar panel makers Reuters

According to astronomers, the fourth and final solar eclipse of the year will take place on Nov. 25. The eclipse will be visible, partially, across limited areas in Antarctica, the southern regions of South Africa, Tasmania and most of New Zealand.

However, while most people in the U.S. will be busy in the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, those interested in the eclipse will, unfortunately, not be able to watch it; the event will not be visible from the U.S.

The lunar penumbra will be centered near Antarctica in the day, while its outermost edge will pass over portions of New Zealand's South Island, Tasmania and the southernmost part of South Africa, near the sunset. Also, the Antarctic Peninsula will experience, approximately, a 90 percent obscuration of the sun.

This will be the fourth time in this year that a new moon will orbit between the sun and Earth. The previous eclipses occurred on Jan. 24, June 1 and July 1.

The axis of the earth's shadow - the umbra - will miss the earth entirely, passing only about 0.05 of the earth's radius or 210 miles (340 km), out in space.

The next solar eclipse will occur next year on May 20 and will be visible in China, Japan, the Pacific and Western United States. It is expected to be of a larger magnitude - of .944 - and even darker than the Nov. 25 one.