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Ring of fire Solar Eclipse 5/20/2012 time frame

 
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Ring of fire Solar Eclipse 5/20/2012 time frame
On May 20 2012

In the United States, the eclipse begins around 5:30 pm PDT. For the next two hours, a Moon-shaped portion of the sun will go into hiding. Greatest coverage occurs around 6:30 pm PDT.

Because some of the sun is always exposed during the eclipse, ambient daylight won't seem much different than usual. Instead, the event will reveal itself in the shadows. Look on the ground beneath leafy trees for crescent-shaped sunbeams and rings of light.

Near the center-line of the eclipse, observers will experience something special: the "ring of fire." As the Moon crosses the sun dead-center, a circular strip or annulus of sunlight will completely surround the dark lunar disk. Visually, the sun has a big black hole in the middle.

The "path of annularity" where this occurs is only about 200 miles wide, but it stretches almost halfway around the world passing many population centers en route: Tokyo, Japan; Medford, Oregon; Chico, California; Reno, Nevada; Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Lubbock, Texas. In those locations the ring of fire phenomenon will be visible for as much as 4 and a half minutes.

"The ring of sunlight during annularity is blindingly bright," cautions NASA's leading eclipse expert Fred Espenak of the Goddard Space Flight Center. "Even though most of the Sun's disk will be covered, you still need to use a solar filter or some type of projection technique. A #14 welder's glass is a good choice. There are also many commercially-available solar filters."
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Re: Ring of fire Solar Eclipse 5/20/2012 time frame
During the astronomical phenomenon the moon will be in one of its furthest positions from Earth, so its shadow will not be able to completely hide the sun, as would occur in a total eclipse.

That's why this phenomenon is called an annular eclipse. "For this beautiful phenomenon, the sun peeks over the edges of the moon as a bright shining ring. Ring of Fire.
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Re: Ring of fire Solar Eclipse 5/20/2012 time frame
California will get a prime view of a partial eclipse on Sunday evening, with the moon blocking out 86% of the sun's diameter in Los Angeles, according to the Griffith Observatory.

In Los Angeles, the moon will begin to obscure the sun at 5:24 p.m. Sunday, reach its maximum coverage at 6:38 p.m., and exit the sun's path at 7:42 p.m., just 10 minutes before sunset, the Griffith Observatory said.
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Re: Ring of fire Solar Eclipse 5/20/2012 time frame
I revived a flyer from the city of Irvine in So Cal that it may start sooner at 2:45 PST. I believe the Griffith park resource to be more creditable. Maybe they mean the time the Moon may be noticed coming near the Sun line of vision for us to see.

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Re: Ring of fire Solar Eclipse 5/20/2012 time frame
banana2 Think I will head to the coast

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