Annular solar eclipse-May 20th.
Posted 14 May 2012 - 02:49 AM
And as everyone knows by now, do NOT look at it directly without protective glasses.
Can cause severe eye damage.
Posted 14 May 2012 - 07:47 AM
The last eclipse that I had witnessed was when I was in college and it will be great to see another one again in the future.
Posted 20 May 2012 - 07:45 PM
Posted 21 May 2012 - 11:45 AM
At a museum where I volunteer some we had several small telescopes with viewscreens set up at two different locations, the weather co-operated (no fog), had a couple of hundred people show up to see.
Most everybody seemed to be satisfied, even captivated, excepting a few who were expecting either a total or an annular eclipse. Needed to be a couple of hundred miles north for the annular bit. No totality this time anywhere. (Annular and total are mutually exclusive.)
Next total solar eclipe viewable in the US is 21 August 2017, midday. Will be total in a fairly narrow strip clear across the US. I've been fortunate to see a total solar eclipse once before (1979) and am setting aside the reserving the date for viewing another. As interesting as this eclipse was, the subjective effect of a total eclipse is much greater. Can understand why some people used to panic in a total eclipse.
Another unusual event coming up is the transit of Venus on June 5. http://science.nasa....y_venustransit/
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