The Total Solar Eclipse And Gravity
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For several centuries, at least, mankind believed the Earth to be the center of the Universe. For most people this was an obvious truth. The educated scholars and academics made complex charts and tables which were able to predict future astronomical movements, and so proved beyond all doubt that we were indeed the central point about which all else revolved. Any dissent met with swift reprisal.
As we now know, appearances can be deceptive. All those scholars of their day were wrong. Utterly and absolutely wrong. We should always be wary of being deceived by the obvious.

The Total Solar Eclipse is another area where appearances may be deceptive. Charts, tables, drawings and detailed explanations prove that we know all there is to know about the TSE.

While researching the possibility that Earth may derive some of its light from the electrified ionosphere, I found the Total Solar Eclipse seems to prove this concept. I also found the way we see the TSE may be in serious error.
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There are a few strange things about a Total Solar Eclipse which nobody seems to notice. These natural phenomenon have been studied intensively for probably hundreds of years. They have become very popular since the advent of cameras, and now more so with easy travel.

But little of value has recently been added to the store of knowledge about them, even though we have made amazing technological advances and discoveries in recent decades. The Total Solar Eclipse should be reassessed in case we have missed anything of consequence. "The Black Disc of the Moon" is a great example. The Black Disc of the Moon gradually covers the Moon we are told, and indeed if we care to look we can see this for ourselves. This disc is a pitch black area, through which no light seems to be able to pass, with sharply defined edges.

During the New Moon period the Moon is not visible to us from the ground. When the Moon approaches and then passes in front of the Sun, it must be illuminated by Earthshine. There is no reason or way it could turn black just because it is in alignment between Sun and Earth. It may be possible to photograph the Moon from the ground at New Moon with the right equipment and filters. This could also be confirmed by photography  from the International Space Station, but they show no interest in doing so. The ISS has taken a photo of the 2006 T S E over Turkey. Parts of the machine are clearly visible, and appear to be in direct Sunlight, even though the ISS is probably in the Umbra area. The ISS orbits at about 320 kilometers altitude.

During a T S E there should be little change to the Moon's luminosity. The shadow cast upon the Earth is small compared with the amount of available light reflecting surface area to keep the Moon illuminated. And of course shadows are always on the ground behind us, not in front of us. There seems no good reason why we should see a "shadow" and not the real thing.

If the Moon is well illuminated, and the Black Disc does exist, then it would be a reasonable assumption that we have allocated the wrong object and location for the Black Disk.
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