Transit of the Sun, June
will not happen again until 2117, and most of the world got to see at
least part of it)
solar viewing SAFETY!
look at the Sun without proper eye protection.
look at the Sun, one
MUST use proper eye protection! One
can buy Eclipse Shades as
well as solar filters
for binoculars, cameras, & telescopes
to view the Sun safely.
Some pictures of the Venus transit will be uploaded in the next few
days. In the mean time, you can watch recordings of it on various sites.
Recorded Web Casts - Transit of Venus, June 5, 2012:
NASA - Planetary Transits Page:
Events of Interest
Solar Eclipse, May 20, 2012
this interactive Google map to see
the path from
where the "Ring of Fire" (the annular phase) was visible. Any
of the blue lines was able to see a small ring of the
Sun (weather permitting!), while areas outside of the blue lines would
have seen a partial
eclipse, or no eclipse if one was too far outside of the blue lines.
The next annular solar eclipse visible
from the USA will be in 2023, although we get a much better
solar eclipse in August 2017.
NASA explanation of an annular eclipse:
NASA main eclipse page:
Compute every solar eclipse visible
from a city for any
century from 1500 BCE to 3000 CE.
Some people know that my life's dream is to travel the world to watch
total solar eclipses. Sadly, that dream will never come true, but I did
get to see the February 26, 1998 total solar eclipse
cruise ship off of Aruba (the photo's caption incorrectly
that it is from 1999). There is a reason why I say that a
total solar eclipse is the most beautiful sight in nature!
A few photographs of the Annular Solar
Eclipse, May 20, 2012, taken through a telescope with a safe solar
filter on the front of it.
Partial phase: the Moon is about to cover a sunspot
A few seconds before start of the annular phase (the "Ring of
Maximum annular phase: photo taken 41 miles southwest of eclipse center
line, hence the Moon is closer to the top-right.
Notice how the rim of the Moon is bumpy...those are mountains and edges