Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Positioning for a Perfect Solar Eclipse

The Biggest Little City in the World will be one of the best places in the world to view an astronomical event this Sunday, May 20 when a perfect solar eclipse will sweep across the southwestern United States after passing over East Asia and the northern Pacific Ocean.

While a solar eclipse is not a rare event, a perfect eclipse visible from our backyard is; where a portion of the sun's surface will be visible as a ring surrounding the dark moon.  Reno and Albuquerque are the only two major cities in the U.S. that will be very near the narrow path of the annular eclipse.

The next annular eclipse viewable from North America will not appear for another 20 years, and the next total eclipse viewable from Northern Nevada will not occur until 2045! We will not miss this one.

Source: eclipsereno.unr.edu
Sources and Additional Information:
Glossary: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEhelp/SEglossary.html#greatest
Eclipse Photography:http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEmono/reference/SEphoto-table.pdf 
Solar Eclipse Photography:http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEhelp/SEphoto.html

Update (05/16/2012):
Annular Eclipse Viewing Area (click to view larger interactive map)
The narrow path of the annular eclipse is outlined by the blue line (the red line is the center of the path) and those within these boundaries will be able to experience the annular eclipse (where the Moon passes directly in front of the sun).  Maximum eclipse in Reno, NV will be 6:30 p.m. P.S.T. and the moon will look like a black hole in front of the sun.

Read more here: http://www.weather.com/news/annular-eclipse-view-20120516

If you're not at a place where you can to view the annular eclipse in person, there are several live video stream links on this page: http://www.space.com/15749-solar-eclipse-online-viewing-may20.html

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