The Infinite Zenith

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2012 Annular Solar Eclipse

An annular solar eclipse occured yesterday in Asia, allowing viewers to observe a rare “ring of fire” eclipse. Such eclipses occur when the moon passes in front of the sun, leaving only a golden ring around its edges. In Japan, China and Taiwan, “eclipse tours” were arranged at schools and parks, on boats and even private airplanes.

  • Eclipse are natural phenomenon, although some ancient and modern cultures attribute them to supernatural causes and thus, regarded as bad omens. A total solar eclipse can be frightening to people who are unaware of their astronomical explanation, as the Sun seems to disappear during the day and the sky darkens in a matter of minutes.

  • Even though only a partial eclipse was observed in North America, sights were nonetheless spectacular, as the sun appeared to have a major piece taken right off it.

In North America, a partial eclipse was observed: observatories invited the public to partake in such an event and encouraged safe viewing practises, which include the use of No. 14 welder’s glasses or metal-coated Mylar solar eclipse viewing glasses. For curious parties, the next total solar eclipse for North America will be in August 21, 2017.

  • I get the feeling North America got shafted with respect to astronomical events: the next total solar eclipses in North America will be in August 21, 2017 and April 8, 2024, a long ways off from now. By then, K-On! will be an ancient anime, and I’ll probably wonder why my old blog’s earlier posts is decorated with K-On! art.

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