Sunday, May 20, 2012

Annular Eclipse in Reno - May 2012

I looked up at the sky (with my solar viewers of course) just shortly after 5:15 p.m. and saw the partial eclipse. The moon was on course to align with the sun, casting a shadow on to Earth, right over Reno.
We drove away from home to pick up our friend and headed up Peavine Mountain. Other people were already there so they can have an unobstructed view of the rare event.  Truthfully, total eclipses aren't rare but they always occur over the ocean or north and south poles -- the middle of nowhere so for the cosmic event to pass right over our back yards was something we didn't want to miss!
On Peavine we sat for a good hour and a half, savoring every moment of the eclipse.
For four minutes, the moon was squarely in front of the sun but because the moon was the farthest from the Earth in its rotation, it covered about 95% of the sun where if the moon had been closer to the Earth, it would completely cover the sun.  Anyway, the eclipse created this perfect ring.
All I can say is IT WAS AMAZING to witness.  I am so glad to have been at the right place at the right time to have seen it all happen in person.
The eclipse ended shortly after 7:15 p.m. or something like that. Afterwards, John and I went to Pub and Sub near the University for dinner.  Excellent pizza, the way real pizza should taste!

Here are more photos of the eclipse:

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