'ring Of Fire' In Annular Eclipse

Just two weeks after the huge "supermoon" wowed skywatchers around the world, the heavens will offer up another observing treat — a solar eclipse on May 20 that should be visible from much of western North America.

The May 20 event is what's known as an annular solar eclipse, in which the moon blocks out most of the sun but leaves a ring of light visible around its circumference.

It should be quite a spectacular sight for favorably placed — and appropriately careful —skywatchers throughout Asia, the Pacific region and parts of North America.

Annular eclipses are sometimes said to be less interesting than total solar eclipses, in which the moon completely covers the sun, because we don’t get to see the sun’s prominences and corona. But they are still beautiful and awe-inspiring events, and well worth trying to observe.

cheeco cheeco
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3 Responses May 10, 2012

Hey, I was out of luck this time because I live in the Eastern US... but an incredible total solar eclipse is coming our way on Aug 21, 2017 that will sweep across the whole country! Check it out HERE: http://www.eclipse2017.org/ECLIPSE2017_main.HTM

well it begins at dawn in southern China. It then sweeps across the Pacific Ocean, passing south of Alaska, and makes landfall on the Pacific coast near the California-Oregon border. It ends near Lubbock, Texas, at sunset. Partial phases of this eclipse will be visible over most of western North America. So i guess not.

Drat !

What about Europe , will we see it ?