Thursday, May 17, 2012

Get Ready: Annular (Ring) Solar Eclipse This Sunday

Hot dog! I love this stuff. It's nice to be in the right place at the right time for once. I'm sorry you in the far east will miss it. (Wonder if I should watch it from the lake...)

From EarthSky:

Nearly all North America gets at least a partial eclipse on May 20th, with the moon taking a big bite out of the sun.
The eclipse will still be in progress at sunset for much of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

Those living along a narrow track from northern California to the Texas panhandle this Sunday (May 20, 2012) will have a chance to witness a special kind of eclipse of the sun. The sky won’t turn dark, and stars won’t pop into view, because this eclipse is essentially partial. At no time will the moon cover the sun completely, and thus you will need to use special filters, or an indirect viewing system, to see it. At mid-ecipse, though, if you’re equipped to observe, you’ll see an awesome sight. The outer rim of the sun’s body will appear as a brilliant ring completely encircling the black moon silhouette. Hence the name annular eclipse, from the Latin word annulus meaning ring.

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  1. I'll see if I can get you guys a couple of pictures.


  2. First you get the great rivers. Then the big trout. Now the ring eclipse. You folks in the west sure are lucky.