May 20, 2012 is the day for an annular eclipse when the Moon passes directly in front of the sun, but the lunar disk is not quite wide enough to cover the entire sun, creating a “Ring of Fire”. The path of annularity stretches from North America all the way to Far East Asia.
In Grande Prairie, due to its higher latitude lying outside the path of annularity, the solar eclipse appears as a partial eclipse, rather than the ring of fire. The annular eclipse starts at 6:00 MDT Mountain Time, peaks at 7:00pm MDT, and ends at 8:00pm MDT. The sky was a bit cloudy, so it actually helped to see the solar eclipse!! :D
WHO KNEW? The next total lunar eclipse won’t be here till April 15, 2014. Most America will see that, but not people in northeast. For the next total lunar eclipse visible to the entire America continent, you’ll have to wait till January 21, 2019. Lunar eclipse is safe to view with naked eyes, unlike solar eclipse. There had been four partial solar eclipses this year. One full total solar eclipse is expecting next year on November 13, 2012; however, it can only be seen in remote parts of northern Australia. The next total solar eclipse that can be seen in America won’t be until August 21, 2017. Nevertheless, the next annular eclipse over the USA falls on Sunday, May 20, 2012. An annular eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly in front of the sun, but the lunar disk is not quite wide enough to cover the entire sun, creating a “Ring of Fire” or a “black hole” in the center of the sun.
Exact location of Centre 2000 / Millenium Sundial is indicated by Green Arrow.
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