Annular Solar Eclipse, May 20, 2012

There will be a relatively rare annular eclipse of the sun on the late afternoon of Sunday, May 20th, 2012. The full disk of the sun will not be obscured; but about 96% of the disk will be, leaving a ring of sunlight around the moon. The complete eclipse will not be visible from our County Warning Area in southeast Colorado, but weather permitting a partial eclipse will be visible, and it might be worth a trip to the path of the maximum eclipse, which is seen in the graphic below. The maximum eclipse will occur a short while before sunset on the 20th. The best locations will be along the line of the maximum eclipse, from southern Utah through the Four Corners Region and on to Albuqurque. Of course, anyone viewing the eclipse should follow safety precautions and not look directly at the sun. About a week before the eclipse, you can start monitoring the expected weather conditions by following the weather forecasts from the Weather Forecast Offices in Pueblo, Grand Junction, and Albuquerque.


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