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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 12:55 pm 
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There will be an Annular Solar Eclipse happening this afternoon. An annular eclipse is not a full eclipse, but for anyone who has never seen an eclipse before, it's still pretty cool.

I think the eclipse will occur around 5pm on the west coast, closer to 7pm - 7:30 here in the middle of the country. Sorry, but for those of you on the east coast, the sun will have or be setting when the eclipse occurs.

Only a small swath of the country will get to see the full effects, but a good portion of the rest of the country will get to see the sun at least partially blocked by the moon.

Obviously, if you're gonna view the eclipse, DO NOT STARE DIRECTLY AT THE SUN!!!!

BTW, I know this eclipse interferes with the meeting tonight and I'm certainly not trying to pry people away from the meeting, it's just that an eclipse is a fairly rare event. (Sorry Amber)

Here's a link that shows the path where viewers will be able to see "the ring of fire", the rest only get a partial eclipse.

http://eclipse-maps.com/Eclipse-Maps/Ga ... ay_20.html

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How fucking cool. I hadn't heard a thing about it. I'm definitely going to be watching for it. And I'm going to use my Android app, "Google Sky Map" to see it along with all the stars, etc. (If you don't have that app, it totally rocks and it's free.)

Thanks for sharing, Romeo.

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Hey Hat, I'm not sure how good of a "show" you'll get because of where you're located, I'm not even sure an annular eclipse will make stars visible for those in the path of "totality."

From what I understand, I'll be able to see up to about 65% of the sun blocked, you'll be able to see about 40% of the sun blocked.

I found this quick blurb for you:

http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/201 ... _view.html

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I found it on Google sky map, and I figured it would depend on how far down the sun was setting as to if we could see it yet or not, but according to MLive, there's more to it. Well, I always have my Google Sky Map showing me the sun, moon, planets, stars, etc etc.

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I would have had a DAMN good view of this, BUT

its RAINING today.......

Just had ten days of solid sunshine, and BAM

have you ever seen the rain???

Yes, in NW oregon, we rust, we dont tan :lol:

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