May 15, 2012

Sunday's Annular Solar Eclipse

Image Courtesy NASA

If you happen to be out for a late afternoon stroll this Sunday, you might just want to bring a piece of cardboard along with you.  Why?  Because this Sunday, May 20th, you will be able to view an annular solar eclipse (the best one in decades!) in most of East Asia and Western North America, and one of the easiest ways to view it is with a pinhole projector made out of a simple piece of cardboard.

(Find a large version of this infographic here)

Annular Solar Eclipses are super cool to view, but make sure you have the right equipment, and NEVER LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN!  Our favorite way is the pinhole projector, but the binocular projections look pretty easy to configure too.

So after all of that, what exactly is this annular solar eclipse?  The short version is that the moon comes between the earth and the sun, blocking out 94% of the sun's daylight, thus creating a "ring of fire" if you view it at it's peak.  Check out a map of the peak USA locations here and a chart of viewing times for the USA and Canada here.

You can also read more about the annular solar eclipse here at Space.com and over here at NASA.gov.  Read up about it now, and then sit back and simply marvel at the glory of God's beautiful creations on Sunday surrounded by family, as a perfect supplement to a beautiful Sabbath day.

Please note that this is May 21st for those of you viewing from Asia.  :)

Kristen and her family of 5 homeschool in Utah, USA.  You can find them outside with their pinhole projectors this weekend as they marvel at God's great creations and gifts to us.  They might even blog about it over at Mundo Classroom.

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Mandy said...

Thanks for all the info! We're going to check it out this Sunday.

MissMOE said...

Thanks for the information. We got up early to watch the lunar eclipse a few months ago--and my kids loved it.