Ring of fire eclipse is visible in many areas. Meanwhile you can manage viewing solar eclipse May 20, 2012 live on Slooh.com
Astronomer couldn’t have asked for more. A solar eclipse that is visible with its ring of fire across the world, giving them enough time to observe it in detail is a great gift of nature for them. This annular eclipse is right now visible across the US after being observed in China and Japan.
In Beijing, the solar eclipse was visible for a long time, though the rings were visible for a rather short time. In Japan too the annularity of solar eclipse was observed and cheered wildly. A television station is still showing the live movements of the sun.
In the United States the annular solar eclipse began in the late afternoon on the west coast. It will end at sunset over northwestern Texas. As the annular eclipse has come to the US after more than 18 years, people are trying their best to watch it. They know, if they miss it today they will have to wait for another decade to watch it again.
In United States the annular eclipse will be visible on a narrow path of around 300 kilometers wide stretching from the U.S. West Coast (California-Oregon border) to northwestern Texas. Other than this narrow stretch the annularity will not be visible in other parts of the US. But people will still be able to watch a clear partial solar eclipse in rest of the US.
People have traveled to long distances to watch the annular eclipse. Meanwhile the annular eclipse will be visible for very short duration in all the places where it will be visible. A report suggests that no place on the eclipse path in North America will see the annular eclipse for more than four and one-half minutes.
During the annular solar eclipse the sky never gets dark. A leading solar eclipse expert Jay Pasachoff says, “Unlike a total eclipse, in which the sun is entirely covered and the sky therefore gets dark, it never gets dark during an annular eclipse like this one…So the only loss in view from being off to the side of the zone of totality is that you won’t see a complete ring and things won’t appear symmetric, but you’ll still be able to see a partial eclipse of the sun.”
Meanwhile in many areas in United States like Reno, Nevada, Utah’s Bryce Canyon, Arizona’s Grand Canyon and Albuquerque, New Mexico you have a great view of the annular eclipse. But if you are not in the area where annular eclipse will be visible you can watch it online live on slooh.com