Rare solar eclipse partially blocks sun. Photos are shared online; add yours.
Monday, May 21, 2012
People all over the globe Sunday got a view of a rare solar eclipse -- some in person, some online. The "ring of fire" phenomenon had people gathering in locales ranging from Japan's Mount Fuji, to the alien-hunting Allen Telescope Array in California, to the ancient Petroglyph National Monument in New Mexico, according to media reports. Of course, there was lots of chatter on Twitter, and much photo sharing on Facebook and Flickr. It marked the first time in 18 years that an annular solar eclipse could be seen from the United States. Such eclipses occur when the moon is too far away in its elliptical orbit to cover the sun's disk completely, as seen from Earth. The sliver of sunshine traveled southeast across central Nevada, southern Utah…
Rare 'ring of fire' can be watched -- safely -- via a telescope on Mount Fuji Sunday evening.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
A rare solar eclipse, which occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, will occur on Sunday evening, May 20. It will be the first such event visible in the U.S. since 1994. More than 90 percent of the sun could be blocked, according to NASA and media reports. In the U.S., it will only be visible to people in the West and perhaps as far east as Texas. Viewing is risky, of course, and people there are being advised to wear special viewing glasses. However, thanks to the online global village that we live in, the "ring of fire" will be streamed online. Panasonic has set up an online telescope on Mount Fuji, Japan's highest peak. Also, the Slooh space camera will be streaming the eclipse online via telescopes. The entire show …