Where To See The Solar Eclipse On May 20th 2012

NASA have created an image of the world showing the path for the solar eclipse that will take place on Sunday May 20th 2012, and where in the world it is best viewed.

On Sunday, as much as 94% of the Sun that is visible from Earth will be blocked by the Moon as it passes in front of The Sun, giving photographers and astronomers a fantastic opportunity to witness the annual solar eclipse. The eclipse zone stretches from southeast Asia across the Pacific Ocean to western parts of North America.

For people in The US it will begin at around 17:30hrs PDT, and maximum coverage will happen around 18:30hrs PDT.


“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.”


Path of the 2012 Solar Eclipse in US



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