Annular Solar Eclipse Brings Ring Of Fire (May 20, 2012)

Photo: sancho panza (CC)

Photo: sancho panza (CC)

This Sunday brings the first annular solar eclipse visible in the western United States in almost 18 years. Mike Wall reports for

Skywatchers in East Asia and the western United States should circle Sunday (May 20) on their calendars. That’s when a solar eclipse will block out most of the sun, leaving a spectacular “ring of fire” shining in the sky for observers located along the eclipse’s path.

The event is what’s known as an annular solar eclipse — from the Latin “annulus,” meaning “little ring” — and its full glory should be visible from much of Asia, the Pacific region and some of western North America, weather permitting. At its peak, the eclipse will block about 94 percent of the sun’s light.

Other parts of the United States and Canada will still see a partial solar eclipse, without being treated to the ring of fire effect, though the East Coast will miss the event since the sun will have set before it begins. The eclipse will occur in the late afternoon or early evening of May 20 throughout North America, and May 21 for observers in Asia…

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8 Comments on "Annular Solar Eclipse Brings Ring Of Fire (May 20, 2012)"

  1. Anarchy Pony | May 18, 2012 at 3:13 pm |

    Finally I’ll actually have a chance to see one!

  2. GoodDoktorBad | May 18, 2012 at 3:48 pm |

    “The Ring of Fire”

    I get this condition about 24 hours after eating curry or Mexican…….

  3. Can this be viewed from the UK?

  4. Monkey See Monkey Do | May 19, 2012 at 1:21 am |

    November 13th. 😀

  5. DeepCough | May 20, 2012 at 9:38 pm |

    Did anyone get any superpowers yet?

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