Get ready Western US and Asia!

On May 20, our moon will pass between the Earth and the sun, creating a brilliant annular solar eclipse for some viewers and an equally amazing partial solar eclipse for many others.

An annular solar eclipse happens when the moon is at a certain distance from the Earth, so that it appears relatively smaller than the sun; in a total eclipse, the moon appears to be the same size as the sun. This all happens because the moon’s orbit around the Earth isn’t a perfect circle but rather is an ellipse, putting it sometimes a bit further from the Earth than others.

An annular eclipse gets its name due to the ring, or annulus, that forms around the moon when the eclipse reaches maximum.

Due to the size of the moon compared to the size of the sun (and the fact that the moon can’t block the sunlight for everyone on Earth at once), not everyone will be able to see this annular eclipse. Only a relatively small number of people will be in just the right spot to see the annulus. But if you’re outside of the ideal viewing area, by no means are you out of luck! […]

Some of the major cities and places that lie along the path of best viewing for this annular eclipse include Tokyo; Alaska’s Aleutian Islands; Redding, California; central Nevada; southern Utah; northern Arizona; and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

If you live anywhere in the western or midwestern United States or Canada, you’ll be able to see a partial eclipse. If you live in East Asia and near the Pacific Ocean, you’ll also be able to see the partial eclipse. Unfortunately, if you’re on the east coast of the United States, the sun will have already set by the time the eclipse starts.

Related Links:

IMPORTANT: How to safely view the May 2012 solar eclipse

Tecca: Why An Eclipse Happens

NASA’s Eclipse Page

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  1. larrygeary says:

    That’s a total solar eclipse pictured above. The first “related link” shows what this one will look like.

    The link mentions welder’s goggles, but all you really need is a piece of #14 welder’s glass about 4″ wide from a welding supply store. Costs about $5. It blocks heat and ultraviolet light, and reduces the sun’s intensity by a factor of 100,000. It gives a pleasant green image of the sun’s disk that is safe to view. Unlike the “eclipse goggles” that are flimsy, the welder’s glass can be put away and used when there is another partial eclipse.

  2. ShArKy666 says:

    there is also a link at USTREAM for anyone who wants to see it live.
    just type in the search solar eclipse

  3. Samster1 says:

    Thanks for the info. I live in Albuquerque and hoping we don’t get too much haze from the fires in Arizona.

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  5. TAMocantor says:

    Here are several beautiful pictures of the 2012 annular solar eclipse with the most amazing one showing a 747 crossing the crescent eclipsed sun:

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