Annular Solar Eclipse May 20, 2012

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Annular Solar Eclipse courtesy Wikipedia

On May 20, 2012 at 7:32 PM many of us here in Utah will have the opportunity to see an annular solar eclipse. those in Southern Utah near Kanarraville will get to see the “Ring of Fire” effect. (For more information, see ksl.com.)

What ever you do, don’t look at the sun without proper protection. Using regular sun glasses, even polarized, WILL NOT WORK. You can buy special solar filter glasses at Clark Planetarium. You can also make a pinhole projector. You can also use #14 Welder’s glass.

So please exercise caution, because while I shine bright lights in your eyes during an exam, it’s not nearly the intensity of the sun. The sun will cook your retinas, which causes loss of vision.

For more information, watch the video at ksl.com and visit Clark Planetarium’s website.

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