The moon isn’t the only one that can put on a spectacular celestial show. Every now and then, the sun gives its best in solar eclipses that continue to mesmerize us. This Sunday, a rare solar eclipse will be seen from Northern California. Make sure you’re ready to witness a great show!
It’s early still in the week, but rare solar eclipse is already getting to be on everybody’s lips. This Sunday, the sun has scheduled a show you’re not going to want to miss. It’s a rare solar eclipse that we get to witness every 18 years. So, my advice is to take advantage of the event if you have something special you’re planning. And yes, it would be a good time to propose to your girlfriend.
May 20th will give people across the US, Canada and Mexico a very rare event. With clear skies and packed with glasses people from Northern California to Texas are going to get a very special treat. If in the rest of the visibility areas, the eclipse will be partial, for Northern California and Texas there’s one other reason to make sure you don’t miss the event.
The special show the sun and moon will put for Northern California is scientifically termed as an annular eclipse. It is a special kind of partial eclipse, because it will give you the opportunity to witness for yourself the sun’s ring of fire. The moon will be completely encircled by the sun in what will appear as a ring of fire.
Sunday’s rare solar eclipse will be the first of its kind to be visible in the United States since 1994. It happens when the moon is at its farthest point from the Earth, thus appearing smaller in size than the sun. Still don’t get overwhelmed with excitement. The sun will still be visible, given that only 88 percent of its surface is going to be blocked. So, wearing solar shades, social filters or No. 14 welder’s glass should be a must.
Sky and Telescope recommends you look for Venus during the annular solar eclipse. It will be “shining east of the Sun by about two fist-widths at arm’s length”.
I’ve just watched this solar eclipse BBC documentary and simply can’t wait till Sunday: