• "Ring of Fire" Solar Eclipse Coming Sunday
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[URL]http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/05/120517-solar-eclipse-ring-of-fire-pasachoff-sun-space-science/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ng%2FNews%2FNews_Main+(National+Geographic+News+-+Main)[/URL] [QUOTE][B]This weekend, a "time traveling" [URL="http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/space/solar-system/solar-eclipse-article/"]solar eclipse[/URL] will turn the familiar disk of the sun into a ring of fire for sky-watchers in parts of Asia and the U.S. West.[/B] [B] Known as an annular eclipse, the event is the first of its kind to be visible from the mainland United States since 1994. The region won't see another such eclipse until 2023. [/B]Like a total solar eclipse, an annular eclipse happens when the moon lines up between Earth and the sun. But in this case, the dark moon's apparent diameter is smaller than the visible disk of the sun, leaving a ring—or annulus—of fiery light around the edges. (See [URL="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/01/photogalleries/100115-eclipse-ring-fire-annular-pictures/"]annular eclipse pictures[/URL].) During such an eclipse, "the path of annularity, where the full eclipse will be visible, is hundreds of miles wide and thousands of miles long," said eclipse expert [URL="http://web.williams.edu/Astronomy/people/jpasachoff/"]Jay Pasachoff[/URL], the Field Memorial Professor at Williams College in Massachusetts. In this path, "viewers looking through special solar filters can see a ring of sunlight around the black silhouette of the moon," said Pasachoff, who is also a[URL="http://www.nationalgeographic.com/explorers/grants-programs/cre/"]National Geographic Society grantee[/URL]. (National Geographic News is a division of the Society.) The annular eclipse starts in China at local sunrise on May 21. The path of the moon's shadow then goes over Japan around 7:35 a.m., local time, and races across the Pacific Ocean. (Also see[URL="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/07/080729-china-eclipse.html"] "Eclipses in Ancient China Spurred Science, Beheadings?"[/URL]) Due to the time zone change, the eclipse makes landfall again in North America in the late afternoon of May 20, starting at the California-Oregon border at 6:26 p.m. PT. The annular eclipse then crosses southern Nevada, southern Utah, the [URL="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/national-parks/grand-canyon-national-park/"]Grand Canyon[/URL] in northern Arizona, the lower-left corner of Colorado, and most of New Mexico before ending in the area of Lubbock, Texas, around sunset at 8:36 p.m. CT. For most viewers in the path of annularity, the eclipse will last for a just over four and half minutes. [B] Active Sun to Add Beauty to Eclipse[/B] Some picturesque wilderness areas—including several [URL="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/national-parks/"]U.S. national parks[/URL]—will be in the 190-mile-wide (300-kilometer-wide) path of the full annular eclipse. Viewers in a broader track stretching for thousands of miles across northeastern Asia and the western two-thirds of the U.S. and Canada will instead see a striking partial eclipse. "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," Pasachoff said. "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." (See [URL="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/01/photogalleries/110103-partial-solar-eclipse-europe-africa-preview-pictures/"]partial eclipse pictures[/URL].) The best chances for clear skies during the event will be in states such as Nevada, Arizona, and Utah, added Anthony Cooke, an astronomer at the [URL="http://www.griffithobs.org/"]Griffith Observatory[/URL] in Los Angeles. "But most of the path in the Western U.S. has better than even odds of clear enough weather to observe the eclipse," he said. Cooke also predicts some added beauty with this eclipse, since it occurs close to the expected maximum of the current solar cycle in early 2013. "We can expect interesting moments when sunspots of various sizes will be covered by the advancing limb of the moon, then later uncovered as the moon retreats from the sun's face," he said. (Related: [URL="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/03/120328-solar-eclipses-winds-weather-sun-earth-space-science/"]"Solar Eclipses Can [Slightly] Change Weather on Earth."[/URL]) To view the eclipse safely, astronomers recommend using either a professionally manufactured solar filter in front of a telescope or camera, or using eclipse viewing glasses that sufficiently reduce the sun's brightness and filter out damaging ultraviolet and infrared radiation. But probably the safest and easiest way to take in the eclipse is to use the pinhole projection method, Williams College's Pasachoff said. "Punch a one-eighth to one-quarter-inch hole in a piece of cardboard and use it to create a projection of the partial or annular phases on a wall a few feet away," he said. [B] Eclipse as a Science Tool[/B] The Griffith Observatory's Cooke says scientists will probably also be making use of this weekend's annular eclipse. (Also see [URL="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/07/080730-pasachoff-eclipse-missions.html"]"Eclipse Expert Makes Hot Finds in Sun's Darkest Hour."[/URL]) "Radio telescopes close to the path of annularity will make observations as the moon passes over sunspots and other sources of radio disturbances on the sun," he said. Sunspots are linked to eruptions of intense electromagnetic radiation called solar flares, which can cause disturbances to radio communications on Earth and also hinder radio astronomers' views of the universe. (Find out [URL="http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/06/solar-storms/ferris-text"]more about solar storms in [I]National Geographic[/I] magazine[/URL].) "Also," Cooke said, "precise timing of the onset of annularity can provide data on possible changes in the diameter of the sun when compared with historical measurements." [/QUOTE] Live feeds will be set up. One of them is in the source. Pictures are also in the source.
[QUOTE]But probably the safest and easiest way to take in the eclipse is to use the pinhole projection method, Williams College's Pasachoff said. "Punch a one-eighth to one-quarter-inch hole in a piece of cardboard and use it to create a projection of the partial or annular phases on a wall a few feet away," he said.[/QUOTE] Ghetto astronomy :v:
[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIBTg7q9oNc&feature=related[/media] Came to mind.
[QUOTE=mr apple;36002535][media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIBTg7q9oNc&feature=related[/media] Came to mind.[/QUOTE] [img]http://www.dare-up-your-party.com/images/ring_of_fire_drinking_game.jpg[/img] came to mind This is awesome stuff though, normally I try to witness these events but I'm on the wrong side of the globe.
Will I seriously go blind from looking at it, or is it like that 'don't look at the sun' bullcrap where you're not blind but you see spots everywhere for a while.
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[QUOTE=DainBramageStudios;36002661][img]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/28/SE2012May20A.gif[/img][/QUOTE] God fucking damn it I never get to see Solar Eclipses. It literally turns to night the moment it reaches my area. wrrryy
fuck my east coast life
It's gonna reach us! (for a few seconds)
Yeahhhhh buddy it'll reach me! I've never seen a solar eclipse!
Gonna watch it this weekend in Tonopah, Nevada :v:
Is this one of those eclipses that allow you to see the stars next to the sun so that you can measure how much the light coming from the star is warped by the sun?
[QUOTE=mr apple;36002535][media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIBTg7q9oNc&feature=related[/media] Came to mind.[/QUOTE] Now I want to see someone look at this eclipse and scream the chorus of this song.
Fuck yeah, I've never seen one before and I live in California. Of course, it's unsafe to look directly at it but still!
Happening in four hours! I'm waking at 5am for this.
the fire nation is soooo fucked
well sucks to be a brazilian. i never get to see anything cool like that.
[b]THIS IS THE SECOND FUCKING TIME I MISSED IT![/b] The first time the whole school was in the gym watching a movie while it passed, this time, after a full fucking week of awesome clear skies it's cloudy.
Still 6 hours away here in Colorado. They say to wear goggles, but fuck that. I'm staring directly at it with unimpeded vision.
[QUOTE=Ridge;36030740]Still 6 hours away here in Colorado. They say to wear goggles, but fuck that. I'm staring directly at it with unimpeded vision.[/QUOTE] Good luck with that. I don't think that will end will what with the whole staring at the sun the most stereotypical way to go blind.
[QUOTE=MIPS;36030387][b]THIS IS THE SECOND FUCKING TIME I MISSED IT![/b] The first time the whole school was in the gym watching a movie while it passed, this time, after a full fucking week of awesome clear skies it's cloudy.[/QUOTE] Washingtonian?
This is going to be so much fun. I'm right on the coast in north California. Right as it hits I'm going to put my eclipse glasses on and scream, "YEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!"
Didn't understand the cardboard trick, how do we do it?
[QUOTE=mr apple;36002535][media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIBTg7q9oNc&feature=related[/media] Came to mind.[/QUOTE] I don't even want to see the eclipse, now I just want to play some Tony Hawk's Pro Skater on my N64.
-snip- woops i thought it was a link in the source, not just sitting there [b]in[/b] it. put a box on my head someone
My and my parents are heading up into the mountains to get some great pics of it. I'll be sure to post them here for you guys that are unfortunately going to miss it.
Not sure if these have been posted yet, but I'll post them here. Use [url=http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in.html]this site[/url] to put the city you live in, to see when the eclipse starts and ends for you (assuming you'll see it), and how much of an eclipse you'll get. You can use [url=http://events.slooh.com/]this livestream[/url] to see the eclipse. The first one, over Japan, is in about 20 minutes. They'll have a later one somewhere in the USA, but I'm not sure exactly when that one will play.
[QUOTE=MIPS;36030387][b]THIS IS THE SECOND FUCKING TIME I MISSED IT![/b] The first time the whole school was in the gym watching a movie while it passed, this time, after a full fucking week of awesome clear skies it's cloudy.[/QUOTE] THIS MY FUCKING GOD. The whole week has been beautiful but now it's raining and supposed to rain all day. Fuck Washington State, it produces nothing but shitty apples and fucking rain. I was all hyped since I've never seen an eclipse before, too. Me and a friend were gonna watch it together but fucking Washington decides that now is the time to rain.
[QUOTE=bluesky;36002633]Will I seriously go blind from looking at it, or is it like that 'don't look at the sun' bullcrap where you're not blind but you see spots everywhere for a while.[/QUOTE] I'm probably a bit late here. Bright visible light isn't dangerous even though it may feel painful. It's invisible UV light which causes all the damage. The pain you experience when looking at a bright light is supposed to protect your eyes from UV radiation. Looking at the sun normally is safe enough because your eyes adjust to the light. However during a solar eclipse, the corona doesn't shine very brightly in the visible spectrum - it's relatively more intense in the UV spectrum. Your eyes won't adjust, and they can get burned.
Confirmed list of Washingtonians: MIPS Remscar Gmod4ever yawmwen (I can tell by the bitching about how it's been beautiful all week and now it's cloudy and rainy).
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