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Annular Eclipse: When and Where to View

Posted by on May. 16, 2012 at 4:37 PM
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Annular Eclipse: When and Where to View

Chris DolceUpdated: May 16, 2012, 1:45 PM EDTweather.com

The first annular solar eclipse in the United States since 1994 will be visible late Sunday from portions of southwest Oregon and northern California to New Mexico and western Texas. According to NASA, an annular eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly in front of the sun, but the lunar disk is not quite wide enough to cover the entire star. At maximum, the moon forms a "black hole" in the center of the sun. For more information on this event and its significance, click here.

 

Above is an interactive map created with information from NASA that shows two blue lines depicting the northern and southern limits of this annular eclipse. People within these two blue lines will be able to experience the annular eclipse. The red line is the central line of the eclipse path.

NASA says that outside of this relatively narrow zone, the eclipse will be partial. Observers almost everywhere west of the Mississippi will see a crescent-shaped sun as the moon passes by off-center.

The green locators plotted on the map show the timeline of the annular eclipse for the several cities in viewing area late Sunday. Click on the locators to view this specific information from NASA.

Forecast: Clear or Cloudy?

As with any eclipse, you would not be able to experience it if there are any clouds obscuring the sky. Right now, it appears the majority of the territory in the zone of the annular eclipse shown above will be in good shape with two possible exceptions.

  • The tail end of a frontal boundary and an upslope flow could bring some thunderstorms and cloud cover to eastern New Mexico and western Texas.
  • Elsewhere, we will watch to see if an approaching frontal system off the Northwest coast brings any clouds to southwest Oregon and northwest California.
by on May. 16, 2012 at 4:37 PM
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andy80
by Member on May. 16, 2012 at 6:37 PM

bump

Taurus_Girl78
by on May. 16, 2012 at 7:21 PM

 I wish the east coast would be able to see this ..

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