Solar Eclipse 2012

You’re probably already aware that there is annular solar eclipse coming in just a couple of days. It won’t quite make it to the place I live, but it’s not a bad car trip to a spot in the eclipse path, which is a pretty rare opportunity. So we are going to pile in the car and drive to Albuquerque, NM this weekend. Should be fun!

The eclipse is annular because the Moon is near apogee during the eclipse. That’s the flip side of the “supermoon” we had two weeks ago when the Moon was full near perigee. At apogee, the angular size of the Moon is just a bit smaller than the angular size of the Sun, so even though the Moon will pass directly across the center of the Sun, the Sun won’t be completely covered up, but will instead appear as a thin ring.

Just to make things more dramatic, in Albuquerque, this will happen just before sunset.

More info can be found at the NASA Eclipse Website.

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About Terry Hancock

Terry Hancock is the producer and director of "Lunatics" ( http://lunatics.tv ). He is also a regular columnist for Free Software Magazine ( http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/articles_by/5 ), and a lifelong advocate for space, science, and technology. More at http://terryhancock.narya.net
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