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OpenStudy (anonymous):

Section #8b, about using a total solar eclipse to estimate the distance of the Moon, includes a map of the eclipse of August 11, 1999. The path of totality across the Black Sea is shown, as are samples of the region of totality at selected times. You will notice that region is nearly circular. However, on a map of the complete path of totality (which by the way is available at the web site cited there), you will find that as you follow that path, the patch of totality becomes more and more elliptical and elongated. By the time the eclipse ends, at sunset in India, the patch is a rather lengthy

OpenStudy (anonymous):

lengthy ellipse. Why? And why do you suppose the duration of the eclipse is shorter there?

OpenStudy (jamesj):

It would help if you'd post the other information cited in this question (map, link with map, etc.)

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