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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Annular Solar Eclipse of the Sun 2012 May 20-21

Solar eclipse of May 20, 2012

Update: We couldn't see the Annular Solar Eclipse of the Sun 2012 May 20-21, here in Azle TX, because of the Clouds. But, I watched a Live Feed Online. It was actually fun to watch it that way. It was a Feed done by Scottys Sky. He had a live Audio - Video Feed going the whole time. He was in a Gas Station Parking lot. And he drew a crowd. He let people look through his Telescopes and gave out glasses to people, for free. So, that they cold look directly at the Eclipse. It was almost like being there:) He said in his last Web Cast. That he will Probably Not be doing the Venus Transit 2012. Because he has to be a Work. But, I checked his Page today and there he was Live and Online!:) I later heard him say, that he was actually in the Parking Lot, at his Job. And he was just letting his Telescope run on Auto Tracking, while he works. That accounts for the Web Cast being silent, most of the time. He does these Live Sky Web Cast's when he can. Check out his UStream Page and see his past Videos here too...


May 2012 Solar Eclipse - Where, When and How To VIew it | Video

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Hinode Mission to Capture Annular Solar Eclipse This Weekend
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Hinode captured this image of the January 6, 2011 solar eclipse. Credit: Hinode

Exerpt from NASA Site at...

The joint JAXA/NASA Hinode mission will observe the eclipse and provide images and movies that will be available on the NASA website at Due to Hinode’s orbit around the Earth, Hinode will actually observe 4 separate partial eclipses." Scientists often use an eclipse to help calibrate the instruments on the telescope by focusing in on the edge of the moon as it crosses the sun and measuring how sharp it appears in the images. An added bonus: Hinode's X-ray Telescope will be able to provide images of the peaks and valleys of the lunar surface.

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How does the annular eclipse of the sun this month look in the following states? And How does the annular eclipse of the sun this month look in the following countries?
Go here to see and download Flash Animations of your area. These are pretty good, and have the local times too...

Viewing the Solar Eclipse through a Welding Helmet...

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Getting back to that 1994 eclipse in St. Louis, there were several people holding a #14 welder's glass to look at the sun including myself. Do not buy # 13, #12 or smaller... they will not work and you CAN damage your eyes! You have to have a #14 welder's glass to see this celestial event. Several people showed-up wearing their welder's helmet to look at the sun. If you are in a large gathering, and you want the press and everyone else to notice you, then come wearing a welder's helmet! And another thing I should mention, don't use hospital x-rays for they will not work. I have seen people do this, and again, you run the risk of damaging your eyes.


Slooh Member Missions (View the Solar Eclipse Live, from Around the World).

Solar Eclipse #1 - Japan

Slooh Space Camera will provide live feeds of the Solar Annular Eclipse from Japan. Show will begin at 21:30 UTC / 2:30 PM PDT / 5:30 PM EDT. Audio broadcast will not be available until second show, but we may jump on for a quick segment or two.

Solar Eclipse #2 - USA - 21 MAY

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Scottys Sky

See my sky through the eyes of my telescope and video camera! View the Solar eclipse of May 20, 2012 Live as it goes over Nevada's "Area 51" at Solar eclipse of May 20, 2012 Scottys Sky

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Never view the sun with the naked eye or with any optical device, such as binoculars or a telescope!
This is more than advice. Why? As a kid, did you ever take a magnifying glass out into the sun and burn leaves? If so, you probably remember that when the focused sunlight coming through the lens was refracted and concentrated to a small spot, the energy available there was truly remarkable. Guess what? You have a lens just like that in your eye. If you look at the sun, your eye-lens will concentrate the sun's light and focus it to a very small spot on the back of your retina. This can cause permanent eye damage or blindness. Additionally, there are no pain sensors back there so you won't even know it's happening! Have I scared the willies out of you? Good!

There are safe ways to view the sun. The simplest requires only a long box (at least 6 feet long), a piece of aluminum foil, a pin, and a sheet of white paper.


How To Make Your OWN SOLAR LENS! (Floppy Disk Edition)

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Published on May 16, 2012 by
TOTAL Annular Eclipse May 20-21 2012 is coming and I'm going to see this Annular Eclipse happening May 20-21 2012. Depending on location. May 21 will be in the Asia areas while its evening May 20th in the United States and Northwest Canada.


Photography Tutorial (How to shoot an Annular Eclipse)

Video Link (long video, with good Pro Photography info)...

Published on May 10, 2012 by
In this episode I will show you how to properly and safely shoot an eclipse. Shutter speeds Apertures ISO, is just a smidge of what I will be teaching =o) Enjoy and learn.

Check Nasa's Eclipse map here




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Solar eclipse of May 20, 2012

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Solar eclipse of May 20, 2012

Type of eclipse
Nature Annular
Gamma 0.4828
Magnitude 0.9439
Maximum eclipse
Duration 5m 46s
Coordinates 49.1N 176.3E
Max. width of band 237 km
Times (UTC)
(P1) Partial begin 20:56:07
(U1) Total begin 22:06:17
Greatest eclipse 23:53:54
(U4) Total end 1:39:11
(P4) Partial end 2:49:21
Saros 128 (58 of 73)
Catalog # (SE5000) 9535
An annular solar eclipse will take place on May 20, 2012 (May 21, 2012 for local time in Eastern Hemisphere), with a magnitude of 0.9439. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partially obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon's apparent diameter is smaller than the Sun, causing the Sun to look like an annulus (ring), blocking most of the Sun's light. An annular eclipse appears as a partial eclipse over a region thousands of kilometres wide.



The annular phase will be visible from the Chinese coast, northern Taiwan, the south of Japan, and the western part of the United States. Guangzhou, Taipei, Tokyo and Albuquerque will be on the central path. Its maximum will occur in part of the North Pacific, south of the Aleutian islands for 5 min and 46.3 s, and finish in the western United States.

Animation of eclipse path

North America

It will be the first central eclipse of the 21st century in the continental USA, and also the first annular eclipse there since the solar eclipse of May 10, 1994 which was also the previous eclipse of this series Solar Saros 128.

Animation of eclipse as viewed from Albuquerque, New Mexico, showing sunset before the eclipse ends

Related eclipses

Solar eclipses 2011-2014

This set of solar eclipses repeat approximately every 177 days and 4 hours at alternating nodes of the moon's orbit.
Note: Partial solar eclipses on January 4, 2011 and July 1, 2011 occur in the previous lunar year eclipse set.
Solar eclipse series sets from 2011–2014
Descending node Ascending node
118 June 1, 2011

123 November 25, 2011

128 May 20, 2012

133 November 13, 2012

138 May 10, 2013

143 November 3, 2013

148 April 29, 2014

153 October 23, 2014


Saros 128

It is a part of Saros cycle 128, repeating every 18 years, 11 days, containing 73 events. The series started with partial solar eclipse on August 29, 984 AD. It contains total eclipses from May 16, 1417 through June 18, 1471 and hybrid eclipses from June 28, 1489 through July 31, 1543. Then it progresses into annular eclipses from August 11, 1561 through July 25, 2120. The series ends at member 73 as a partial eclipse on November 1, 2282. The longest duration of totality was 1 minutes, 45 seconds on June 7, 1453.[1]
Series members 52-62 occur between 1901 and 2100:
52 53 54

March 17, 1904

March 28, 1922

April 7, 1940
55 56 57

April 19, 1958

April 29, 1976

May 10, 1994
58 59 60

May 20, 2012

June 1, 2030

June 11, 2048
61 62

June 22, 2066

July 3, 2084

Metonic series

The metonic series repeats eclipses every 19 years (6939.69 days), lasting about 5 cycles. Eclipses occur in nearly the same calendar date. In addition the octon subseries repeats 1/5 of that or every 3.8 years (1387.94 days).
This series has 21 eclipse events between May 21, 1993 and May 20, 2069.
May 20-21 March 9 December 25-26 October 13-14 August 1-2
118 120 122 124 126

May 21, 1993

March 9, 1997

December 25, 2000

October 14, 2004

August 1, 2008
128 130 132 134 136

May 20, 2012

March 9, 2016

December 26, 2019

October 14, 2023

August 2, 2027
138 140 142 144 146

May 21, 2031

March 9, 2035

December 26, 2038

October 14, 2042

August 2, 2046
148 150 152 154 156

May 20, 2050

March 9, 2054

December 26, 2057

October 13, 2061

August 2, 2065

May 20, 2069



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