Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Eclipse

There will be an annular solar eclipse (ring-around-the-moon-type) visible from the western US on Sunday, May 20, 2012.  In my area, the partial eclipse begins around 5:15PM and lasts until sunset. Times are listed in Universal (UTC) Coordinated Time; convert to local times as follows:
  • CDT = UTC - 5 hours
  • MDT = UTC - 6 hours
  • PDT = UTC - 7 hours
This is a once-in-a-lifetime event, as another annular eclipse won't occur in this location in this century. It's perfect for anyone working on the Astronomy merit badge, or anyone else who enjoys the magnificence of the universe.

The next similar event visible across the US will be a total solar eclipse in August, 2017:

BTW, annular refers not to the calendar, but to the ring effect, coming from the same Latin root - annulus - as the Spanish anillo which, being interpreted, is a ring.

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