2012 Annular solar eclipse with ring of fire will be visible on 20th May. But don’t watch it from naked eyes in any circumstances
Ring of fire solar eclipse is going to be visible in a large part of the US. Several states in the US including Nevada, California and New Mexico will get to watch the almost complete annular solar eclipse two days from now.
A generation has been raised since the last annular solar eclipse in the US. The last solar eclipse took place as early as 18 years ago and for many young men and women of around 18 years of age, this will be the first time when they will have an opportunity to have a look at it.
Reports suggest that many football stadiums have been booked to organize annular solar eclipse galas there. In Colorado organizers have booked a giant stadium to organize what they are calling as the largest ever solar viewing party in the world. Astrologers have also organized many other gala functions to mark the occasion.
But before you are carried away by the euphoria of such huge parties, don’t lose your guard in any circumstances. Watching the solar eclipse may be very dangerous if highest attention is not given to the method of viewing it.
Experts have stern warning for people of all age-group and say they must not watch the solar eclipse from their naked eyes in any circumstances. An expert says, “The ring of sunlight during annularity is blindingly bright. Even though as much as 94% of the Sun’s disk will be covered, you still need to use a solar filter or some type of projection technique. A #14 welder’s glass is a good choice. There are also many commercially-available solar filters.”
He goes on to say, “One of the unique things about this eclipse for watchers in the USA is that the Sun will still be in deep partial eclipse at sunset, making for some great photographic opportunities…In western Texas around Lubbock, the sun actually sets during the annular phase.”
But even choosing a right solar filter is proving to be difficult. A number of solar filters were found out to be pieces of junk in Japan just yesterday. So don’t lower your guards while trying to watch the solar eclipse.