Ring of Fire Road Trip & Eclipse Chasing in SF

Join the SFAA for to see the Annular Solar Eclipse!

Solar Eclipse with Palm Trees

photo: Dennis L. Mammana (TWAN)

Join the SFAA for the May 20, 2012 annular solar eclipse that will be visible across the western United States. We are going to beautiful Mount Shasta, California, and you’re invited!

The eclipse takes place near sunset on Sunday, May 20th. We’ll spend Sunday enjoying the eclipse and then have a celebratory star party. We’ll return to the Bay Area on Monday, May 21st.

If you’d like to join the road trip, send an email to roadtrip@sfaa-astronomy.org.

Eclipse Chasing in San Francisco
SFAA will have special telescopes with safe solar filters at San Francisco’s East end of Crissy Field nearest the Marina Green and Exploratorium., between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm on Sunday, May 20th, along with the Exploratorium. The peak eclipse will be at 6:28 pm. There is no charge for this event. Bring friends and family and enjoy!

Read SFAA member Paul Salazar’s (aka the Urban Astronomer) blog article on the eclipse and on how to protect your eyes when looking at the Sun.

For details on the annular solar eclipse check the NASA Eclipse site.

What’s an annular solar eclipse? An annular solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes directly in front of the Sun. The lunar disk won’t cover the entire Sun, so it looks like a ring of fire! Watch this video to find out more.

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