How To View A Solar Eclipse

Solar eclipse 2012: How to view a solar eclipse

Sun, 20 May 2012 16:18:04 -0700 How do you watch today's historic solar eclipse? If you're in the continental United States, you'll want to get an elevated, unobstructed view of the western and northwest horizon when the eclipse begins — as early as the 5 o'clock hour near the northwestern tip of California local time. See below for specific times.

How to view ECLIPSE without EYE GEAR !

Sun, 20 May 2012 14:36:15 -0700 TUCSON-In just a few hours a rare solar treat will start for Southern Arizona known as the SOLAR ECLIPSE. Meteorologist Rob Guarino says we are just about in the path of a direct solar eclipse with 84% to 90% of the sun covered by the moon about 6:40pm. It starts about 5:30 and ends at sunset and if you did not get the right filter for your telescope or solar viewers/glasses here is a simple …

WEATHER WHY: How to View a Solar Eclipse Safely

Sun, 20 May 2012 07:33:22 -0700 A solar eclipse will occur today from 7:23 PM through the time the sun goes below the horizon at sunset….

How to View Sunday's Solar Eclipse – Woodinville, WA Patch

In the first solar eclipse visible in the U.S. in 18 years, the Earth's moon will pass in front of the sun before sunset on Sunday, casting a giant shadow across the land.

Get A View Of The Solar Eclipse Tonight CBS Minnesota

At around 7:35 p.m., we will have a solar eclipse. The moon is going to pass in front of the sun, and we'll see a partial eclipse here in Minnesota.

Watch The Solar Eclipse Create A Ring Of Fire Tonight [Live Video]

Tonight, a rare annular eclipse will create a spectacular ring of fire in the night sky. The 2012 solar eclipse will be visible from China to Texas, but if.

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12 Responses to How To View A Solar Eclipse

  • Anonymous says:

    How Can You View A Solar Eclipse? I want to actually SEE the eclipse. Not some paper. Could you use two mirrors answer asap. We dont have the glasses.

  • How Many Sunglass Lenses Would I Need? Hi, i want to view a solar eclipse. I know a welding mask is considered safe but i don’t have one… How many sunglass lenses would i need to equal a welding mask? At 8 i cant see anything… Even a turned on light bulb

  • Anonymous says:

    Question About Dual Moons And Solar Eclipses? At the moment I’m in the planning stages of a novel set in a world with two moons. I don’t mind about scientific accuracy particularly, since this is a fantasy, but I’d like it to be fairly accurate, so as to be believable.

    Basically, in this world, one moon is further out than the other (and appears twice as big in the sky) and orbits at half the speed (being that the smaller, inner moon orbits at the exact speed of our moon). That being the case, and assuming that other conditions (such as the length of the days and years and the nature of the sun in relation to the planet) are the same as on earth, and the moons both orbit along the same path (eclipsing each other on average twice a year), roughly how often would there be a situation in which the sun and the two moons appear to be in perfect alignment with each other from the view from one particular spot on the planet?

    Sorry if this is overcomplicated or I’ve missed anything out, but this is an important plot point in my story, and I need to make sure it’s a really unlikely/rare event.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Curator says:

      Well, it depends on the tilt of the moons’ orbits relative to the path of the sun across the sky. The reason we don’t have a solar eclipse every time the moon is between the Earth and the Sun is because the moon’s orbit is tilted relative to the Earth’s orbit around the Sun. As a result when the moon is in between the Earth and Sun (new moon phase), the moon is sometimes above or below the sun from our view on Earth. If, instead the Moon’s orbit around the Earth and the Earth’s orbit around the sun were lined up, then we’d have a solar eclipse once a month.

      Now, for your two moons, when you say one orbits with half the speed, do you mean that it takes twice as long to go around the planet? Assuming you mean that one moon orbits the planet once every 30 days and the other goes once around every 60 days, then they will line up every once every 60 days if their orbits around the planet are tilted in the same way. If this alignment started with the Sun also in the line (a solar eclipse), then there would be a solar eclipse by both moons every 60 days. If the alignment of the moons happens somewhere other than in front of the Sun, then it will never happen that you get the double eclipse.

      To make it a rare event you need to incline the orbits of the moons relative to each other and the sun, make the orbital periods of the moons not factors of each other, maybe make the one farther out much much longer, and a few other things (you can read about the orbit of the moon here: But, I’d say the easiest thing is to not be too specific about the orbits but rather describe them in a way that you can make the alignment really rare without narrowing down the specifics.

      p.s. if one moon is further out, the only way for it to appear twice as large in the sky, it would have to be much much larger in reality.

  • A Poem Inspired By Cosmic Events & HD. How Small A Glimmer On Astronomical Scales? Heaven and Earth, Horatio

    My nights are littered
    with astronomical events
    that occur each day. Jupiter here,
    Venus there, alignments,
    oppositions, conjunctions:
    perigees and apogees.
    Yes, I watch the man on PBS.
    Not a night goes by
    without a spectacle
    viewed by the naked eye
    only once every 2000 years,
    or through a lens
    since glass was used to scope
    the heavens in search of truth,
    God, augury, and mathematics.

    I’ve stayed out nights,
    meteor showers raining
    the opposite horizon. Geminids,
    Persiads, Leonids, shooting stars
    lost behind clouds, city lights, or
    lack of direction. I’ve driven miles
    to view comets that lacked
    distinction. Poor Halley. These
    ice-ridden streaks of fire no longer
    presage the death of kings.

    My sister and I discarded
    polaroid glasses to watch
    a solar eclipse; taking risks
    for transcendence to spectacular
    in a dusky event.

    But I have seen pink and blue waves
    of the Aurora Borealis in Boulder,
    and the stream of the Milky Way
    flowing through the crisp air
    of the Rocky Mountains.

    The sun rises and sets.
    The moon waxes and wanes.
    This giant moon, I have no doubt,
    will rise behind thick clouds of rain
    as did my last lunar eclipse.

    The moon will shine in full intensity
    and intimacy next year,
    if I do not see it now.

    I remain Orion,
    hunter of the skies.

    Inspired by Humpty Dumpty:;_ylc=X3oDMTB1a2x0anY5BF9TAzIxMTU1MDA0NDMEc2VjA3BlZXBfZQRzbGsDcQ–?qid=20120503170646AAzfO3p
    The comments, critiques, and suggestions received were all useful for helping me craft this first draft into a poem. Thanks to everyone.

    The working title is now “The Heavens’ Reach Exceeds My Grasp” to indicate the futile efforts of all hapless would-be skywatchers. Better than my shorthand for “There are more things in heaven and earth than you can dream of having the wit, time, and circumstances to observe” (the title was stretched too much to convey that). Tightening lines should also emphasize this metaphor. If I had been “inspired by the magnificence of the Celestial Dome,” I would have been too distracted looking for a toupee to write this poem. 🙂 But that would be a fun poem.
    The experience with the solar eclipse was so disappointing, we assumed it would have to be more spectacular without protection. It wasn’t.
    Depending on his schedule, my boyfriend often had to rise at 4 or 5 am to ensure his 12 miles of daily running. He woke me after realizing the lights flaring across the sky were not from some far-off neon sign, but from the Borealis, and we ran the streets together watching the sky.
    Solace, people familiar with me know I seek critique. But thank you for your passionate defense! Would you mind stepping up as a character witness in the upcoming unpleasantry of the “Black Widow” murder trial?
    The Perseid (no definition for Persiad) meteor shower is considered one of the best. Look NE after midnight on Aug 12-13. I, no doubt, will be looking SW.
    I thrill with those like Fredric, Iggy, WNW, and Gemini, who have had the rare experience of seeing the skies as they were seen near the beginning of civilization. I associate with those whose views are impeded by city lights, tall buildings, tall trees, rain and clouds. But almost every night, that once in a lifetime event is usually unremarkable.

    • Curator says:

      Love it! You lucky duck to see the Northern lights! Most folks don’t even know what’s going around them,let alone looking up at celestial wonders in the middle of the night! I watched the geminids from deep in the Everglades once and they rained down in a greenish hue,I wondered if it was due to swamp gas….wonderful write.

  • Anonymous says:

    Hey Can You Please Help Me With My Science ? Thanks? 1. A diagram that shows the sun at the center of the solar system is known as a(n) (1 point)
    geocentric model.
    heliocentric model.
    universe model.
    Earth-moon-sun model.

    2. Why do the planets not travel in a straight path? (1 point)
    The forces of inertia and gravity cause them to move in a elliptical orbit around Earth.
    The forces of inertia cause the planets to move in curved paths around the sun.
    The forces of gravity and inertia combine to produced elliptical orbits around the sun.
    all of the above

    3. How might a nitrogen-oxygen atmosphere on the moon affect the range of temperatures on the moon? (1 point)
    An atmosphere might hold heat in, making the moon very hot.
    An atmosphere might block heat radiating from the sun, making the moon very cold.
    An atmosphere might moderate temperatures, making them more even, as on Earth.
    An atmosphere would have no effect on the range of temperatures on the moon.

    4. A collision of Earth and another planet the size of Mars is thought to have resulted in (1 point)
    the heliocentric model of the universe.
    the geocentric model of the universe.
    the moon.

    5. Study the figure above. Suppose you are an astronaut on the side of the moon facing Earth during a total lunar eclipse. Which would you see as you look toward Earth? (1 point)
    Earth illuminated by reflected moonlight.
    The normal view; there is always reflected light from the moon’s surface.
    You could not see the sun because Earth blocks its light.
    The light from the sun behind Earth would be blinding.

    6. The four terrestrial planets are so called because they (1 point)
    are the nearest planets to Earth.
    were all once part of Earth.
    are similar in structure to Earth.
    can all be seen from Earth without a telescope.

    7. Asteroids are mainly found (1 point)
    in the asteroid belt beyond Mars.
    in orbit around Jupiter.
    throughout the solar system.
    beyond the farthest planet.

    8. The planet closest to the sun that has a dense iron core and no moons would most likely be (1 point)

    • Curator says:

      1. Heliocentric model
      2. The forces of gravity and inertia combine to produced elliptical orbits around the sun
      3. An atmosphere might moderate temperatures, making them more even, as on Earth
      4. The moon
      5. You could not see the sun because Earth blocks its light
      6. Are similar in structure to Earth
      7. In the asteroid belt beyond Mars
      8. Mercury

  • GamerGirl says:

    Need Help With These Questions. Please Help Me? :(? Please look at the link to view the picture to help you answer. Copy and paste it in a new tab to view the picture 🙂

    This is a Solar eclipse.

    1. A person in a rocket ship at point A would see (A) All of the sun (B) part of the sun (C) no part of the sun (D) sun spots

    2. A person standing on the earth at point D would see (A) a partial eclipse (B) no eclipse (C) a total eclipse (D) sun spots

    3. A person standing on the earth at pont B would see (A) a partial eclipse (B) no eclipse (C) a total eclipse (D) sun spots

    If you can help me, THANK YOU SO MUCH. You wont know how much this will mean if you help 🙂

    • Curator says:

      1. (C) no part of the sun. The person will see a total eclipse of the sun.

      2. (A) a partial eclipse. The moon is blocking the sun partially.

      3. (B) no eclipse.

  • Anonymous says:

    If The Orbit Of The Moon Was In The Same Plane As The Orbit Of The Earth (i.e., No 5° Tilt),? (1)If the orbit of the Moon was in the same plane as the orbit of the Earth (i.e., no 5° tilt), then how many lunar and solar eclipses per lunar year would there be?

    (2) I went to the 8 August 2009 total solar eclipse in the Gobi Desert. Two days later, I got a good direct view of the Moon (not in silhouette). What time of day did I see the Moon?

    (3) The beautiful total lunar eclipse just before last Christmas was visible high in the skies of Baton Rouge. Could this eclipse have been seen in India?

    • Curator says:

      (1) 12 or 13 of each. There would be an eclipse of the Moon every month at full Moon and an eclipse of the Sun every month at new Moon.

      (2) At sunset.

      (3) No, by the time Earth rotated around so the Moon was visible from India the eclipse would have ended.

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