Solar Eclipse on May 20
On May 20, 2012, an annular eclipse of the Sun will be visible within a narrow corridor that will traverse the Northern Hemisphere of Earth. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partially obscuring the image of the Sun. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s apparent diameter is smaller than the Sun, causing the Sun to look like an annulus (Latin for ring), blocking most of the Sun’s light. An annular eclipse appears as a partial eclipse over a region thousands of kilometers wide.The shadow of the Moon will begin in eastern Asia and crosses the North Pacific Ocean where it will end in the western United States.
For more information, maps, and photographs, please open http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse.html
There is no CCAS event planned for this date, as our friendly astronomers are all previously engaged with other outreach events! However, we will be hosting an event for the Transit of Venus…