Coming solar eclipse

Coming solar eclipse Facts

May 20, 2012 in some parts of the world, such as the western United States, it will be possible to observe the annular solar eclipse. This eclipse occurs when the Moon is in a position directly in front of the Sun relative to the Earth, covering the entire disk stars except the edges. Previous annular eclipse was observed May 10, 1994, the following will occur October 14, 2023.

Map full annular eclipse in the U.S..

The same eclipse will be visible in China March 21, 2012, in other parts of both hemispheres, the eclipse will be incomplete. Extremities of the survey will be North and Indonesia to Mexico.

Map of the full and partial annular solar eclipse on May 20-21, 2012.

Morning, May 21 annular eclipse will see the residents of southeastern China and Japan, as well as the northern Taiwan.

When the annular eclipse the moon is too far away from the Earth and can not fully close the solar disk. Because of its shadow looks fiery ring of the sun, so this eclipse with astronomical point of view is never complete, because at least part of the Sun is still visible.

The total solar eclipse (A) on the left and an annular (B) on the right.

Unfortunately, the annular eclipse can only be seen from some points on the planet. In the western hemisphere, the south-western regions of the U.S., where it is best to observe the eclipse in the afternoon. The eclipse will begin at 18:23 PST and ends at 20:39 Central Time in the north-west Texas. The eclipse will be visible for 4.5 minutes. A partial eclipse will last about two hours. In the eastern hemisphere, lucky residents of South-East China and Japan and north of Taiwan in the morning.

An example of an annular solar eclipse. Central African Republic, 15 January 2010.

Animation, which can be used to determine the degree of visibility for the annular eclipse anywhere. Red denotes the central region of a total eclipse.

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