May 2013 Annular Solar Eclipse

Credit: Columbus State University’s Coca-Cola Space Science Center – http://www.ccssc.org

Note: The purple color of the sun is due to it being recorded via a calcium filter telescope.

Updated: The event has concluded.

An annular solar eclipse will take place on May 9 – 10 (UTC), 2013, with a magnitude of 0.9544. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partially obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s apparent diameter is smaller than the Sun, blocking most of the Sun’s light and causing the Sun to look like an annulus (ring). Hence it is also known as Ring of Fire. [1]An annular eclipse appears as a partial eclipse over a region thousands of kilometres wide.

Annularity will be visible from a 171 to 225 kilometre-wide track that traverses Australia, eastern Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and the Gilbert Islands, with the maximum of 6 minutes 3 seconds visible from the Pacific Ocean east of French Polynesia.

Source: Wikipedia

You can also view a map here:
http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle2001/SE2013May10Agoogle.html

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