Everybody is in for a huge treat with the solar eclipse 2012. The moon will cause the sun to darken and look like a ring of fire on May 20, 2012. The annular eclipse will be visible to people from Texas to California. The best viewing times and places are in the western U.S. as long as clouds do not ruin the celestial event.
It has been twenty years since the last solar eclipse was visible in the U.S. The event will start around 5:24 p.m. PST and it will peak at 6:38 p.m. If you haven’t viewed the eclipse by 7:42 p.m. then you will have missed this unusual event.
The good news is that much of the region where the annular eclipse will be visible will have good weather. However, Chris Dolce from the Weather Channel wrote, “Right now, it appears the majority of the territory in the zone of the annular eclipse … will be in good shape with two possible exceptions. The tail end of a frontal boundary and an upslope wind flow could bring some isolated thunderstorms and cloud cover to eastern New Mexico and western Texas. Elsewhere, an approaching frontal system off the Northwest coast is likely to bring extensive cloud cover to southwest Oregon and far northwest California.”
Will you attend a viewing party? Many people will host their own or go to somebody else’s. Also, the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park will be prime places to view the annular eclipse 2012.
When you do go out to view the eclipse, do not look directly at the sun unless you are wearing No. 14 arc-welder’s glasses or better. The best way to see it without special solar eclipse glasses is by using projection devices.
Whatever you do, tomorrow is the day to watch it. The next time you will be able to see an eclipse in the U.S. will be August 21, 2017.