May, 2012 Solar Eclipse

Posted May 12, 2012 by User 1


On May 20, 2012, an annular solar eclipse will be visible to those positioned along its path which runs from Hong Kong to Texas. During this eclipse, the moon will be too small to fully cover up the sun and so will instead leave a ring of sun visible referred to as an annulus. Those located up to several thousand miles from the central track from thr North Pole to Hawaii will be able to see a partial eclipse where the sun temporarily becomes a crescent.

The annular eclipse begins just north of Hong Kong at sunrise at 22:06 on May 20, 2012 UT. The path cuts across southeast China and northern Taiwan before proceeding northeast over southeast Japan around 22:30 UT. Cities over the central path include Guangzhou, Taipei and Tokyo. The eclipse path then proceeds over open ocean passing just south of the Aleutian Islands before making landfall along the California-Oregon boundary around Crescent City. It proceeds southeast over Redding, Reno, St. George and Albuquerque before abruptly ending at Amarillo at sunset.

Areas the path of annular eclipse just misses will see a strong partial eclipse including Shanghai, Seoul, Portland, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Tucson, Denver and El Paso.

A chart for the eclipse is provided by NASA: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/OH/OHfigures/OH2012-Fig01.pdf

To see what the eclipse may look like from your area, download Aciqra and set the time to May 20, 2012: http://aciqra.caglow.com

This is not a total eclipse. Therefore, precautions must be taken when viewing the eclipse at all times: http://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/how.html


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