Ring of fire solar eclipse to occur on Sunday
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Ring of fire solar eclipse to occur on Sunday

San Francisco : CA : USA | May 16, 2012 at 10:42 AM PDT
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Residents of California need to be very careful as a rare "ring of fire" solar eclipse is going to occur on Sunday. This solar eclipse hasn’t been seen in the United States since 1994 and that also makes it a special one for all those who study solar eclipses.

This particular solar eclipse is known as the annular solar eclipse. The moon and sun will come in one straight line creating a "ring of fire" around the moon because of the sun's larger apparent size. The solar eclipse won’t be a complete one because the moon will be near its apogee, which is the farthest point from Earth in its elliptical orbit, but it is being speculated that it will certainly be a very pretty sight.

People are being advised to be very careful. According to TIME, looking directly at the sun, no matter how eclipsed it is, is very dangerous for the eyes and people need to take all the precautionary measures.

The eclipse shouldn't be watched with bare eyes. People must use solar filters, wear a pair of solar-safe viewing glasses or build a pinhole projector. The next possible solar eclipse is going to occur tentatively in May of 2013.

The best views of the "ring of fire" eclipse will be from Northern California around Eureka, Redding, the Sacramento suburbs, and Lake Tahoe, reports the Los Angeles Times. In case you aren’t around these areas, you can plan your time and schedules accordingly and witness the spectacular solar eclipse from these surroundings.

According to Griffith Observatory notes, the moon will eclipse 86 percent of the sun's diameter, making it the most "extensive" eclipse the city has seen since 1992. East coast residents won’t be able to savor the eclipse as much as those who live around the West Coast.

HuffPost has posted a schedule of the solar eclipse for all those who are interested in viewing it. The schedule is as under:

5:24 p.m.: Eclipse begins

6:38 p.m.: Maximum eclipse

7:42 p.m.: Eclipse ends

7:52 p.m.: Sunset

The Griffith Observatory is also hosting a public viewing of the solar eclipse on the observatory lawn. The best thing about this viewing is that their staff will be available to provide explanation and guide people on what happens.

Don’t forget to witness the "ring of fire" solar eclipse. Just make sure you take all precautionary measures prior to it and avoid seeing it with bare eyes!

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harry68 is based in San Francisco, California, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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