Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Ring of Fire Solar Eclipse Coming

Hey Space Placers!

Get out those calendars and mark them for May 20th, 2012 - the date of an annular eclipse of the Sun. In an annular eclipse the New Moon cannot completely cover the Sun so a "ring of fire" - actually just the Sun's surface that is not eclipsed - is seen.

The viewing area for the eclipse is primarily the western U.S. and all of the details can be seen here: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/27jan_annulareclipse/.

I travelled to Michigan from VA and back the SAME DAY - about 20 hours total, to see my first ever eclipse back in 1994. It was pretty impressive and I had to find a hole in the clouds as my first site was great until clouds started moving in less than an hour to go. I took down all of my equipment and searched for a spot free of clouds. I got set up just as the eclipse began. I have slides of that eclipse.

I haven't decided if I am going to drive for this one....may wait for the total solar eclipse that occurs in 2017  with the centerline through Georgia.

We were clouded out last night at GMU for the most part. Had some holes that our 20-30 guests were able to see the Moon and Jupiter through.

Sky Guy in VA

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