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  1. #1 Annular Solar Eclipse for Japan and Western US today 
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    This Sunday, if you happen to be in the southwesten United States, you can expect front-row seats to a rare annular solar eclipse. The eclipse will create the appearance of a ring of sunlight in the sky, as the new moon passes between Earth and the sun blocking most of the sun's disc. PolicyMic will be providing live updates, and pictures, of the eclipse throughout Sunday afternoon.
    During the eclipse expect for the sky to darken for a few moments and a blindingly bright -- dangerous to look at -- ring of sunlight will be visible. The eclipse will occur on Sunday afternoon beginning on the California-Oregon coast and continuing southeast across Nevada, the Grand Canyon, New Mexico, and eventually Texas.
    If preparing to watch the eclipse, be sure to not look directly at it. In order to protect your eyes, be sure to observe the moment through a heavily-filtered image that is then projected onto a screen. Or, a more cost-friendly option, the old pinhole in a piece of paper or leaf trick works just fine. The pinhole will act as a lens and will project the image of the sun onto the ground beneath your feet. Be sure to look down, and not up.

    Best viewing times:
    Reno, NV: 6:31pm
    San Francisco, CA: 6:32pm
    Grand Canyon, AZ: 6:35pm
    Los Angeles, CA: 6:38pm
    Albuquerque, NM: 7:35pm
    Lubbock, TX: 8:36pm

    Live video from SLOOH:

    SLOOH SpaceCamera - Live Event


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    I thank you so much for the times. I was misinformed that it would occur around 4 PM.


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    Well that is the time of the maximum. The moon begins to block the sun earlier.

    Edit: About 1 hour earlier, BTW. (It varies by exact location)
    Last edited by MeteorWayne; May 20th, 2012 at 01:17 PM.
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