Solar Eclipse To Sweep North America On Sunday, May 20th - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Solar Eclipse To Sweep North America On Sunday, May 20th

SPACEDAILY.COM - People with clear skies across most of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico will experience a partial eclipse of the Sun late this Sunday afternoon (May 20, 2012). Only those near the Eastern Seaboard will miss out on this awesome cosmic event.

And, if you happen to be in a swath of land running from Northern California to Texas, you'll also get a very special *kind* of partial eclipse: an annular eclipse, in which the rim of the Sun becomes a brilliant ring completely encircling the black silhouette of the Moon. The Sun will be moving down the afternoon sky when a dark dent begins to intrude into one edge.

The dent will deepen, eventually turning the Sun into a fat crescent - or, for the western half of the continent, a thin crescent. The dent is the silhouette of the new Moon traveling along its monthly orbit around the Earth. click here to read more

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