When I was a kid (maybe eight years old), living in Washington state at the time, I remember our school making all kinds of preparations for a huge event…a Annular Solar Eclipse. We were told that it was a once in a lifetime event—which based on your geographic location may be true, I’m not an astronomer so I don’t know for sure. I do however know that on May 20th, 2012 it will only be the second time I can remember a full solar eclipse happening in an area that will be visible to me. I’m currently in northern California and apparently the western states and Canada will have the best view…96% coverage.
The eclipse will take place early evening, so it will be lower on the horizon…your best viewing area will either be coastal or high up so that you have a clear line-of-site with the western part of the hemisphere. For those on the west coast, the maximum coverage will occur around 6:30pm. The best way to look at a solar eclipse safely, is by using number #14 welding glass. You can pick this up at your local hardware store or welding shop, and, it’s not very expensive. To learn everything you ever wanted to know about looking at a solar eclipse, visit the following NASA site link.
I’m excited…this should be fun. Leave a comment below and let me know if you’re planning on checking out the 2012 Annular Solar Eclipse?