Solar Eclipses Occuring During 2012

Solar Eclipse May 20 2012

There are two solar eclipses that will occur in 2012 with the first one due to take place on the 20th May. So that is not too far away.

We are going to be writing more about solar energy and radiant energy on this site – it is a fascinating subject and with so much emphasis these days on alternative energy generation in our homes, solar energy and radiant energy are on the top of the list for small DIY projects.

 

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, and the Moon fully or partially blocks the Sun. This can happen only during a new moon, when the Sun and the Moon are in conjunction as seen from Earth. In a total eclipse, the disk of the Sun is fully obscured by the Moon. In partial and annular eclipses only part of the Sun is obscured. At least two, and up to five, solar eclipses occur each year; no more than two can be total eclipses.[1][2] Total solar eclipses are nevertheless rare at any particular location because totality exists only along a narrow path on the Earth’s surface traced by the Moon’s shadow or umbra.

An eclipse is a natural phenomenon. Nevertheless, in ancient times, and in some cultures today, solar eclipses have been attributed to supernatural causes or 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.

As it is dangerous to look directly at the Sun, observers should use special eye protection or indirect viewing techniques. People referred to as eclipse chasers or umbraphiles will travel to remote locations to observe or witness predicted central solar eclipses.

 

You can read more about the upcoming solar eclipse form the official NASA solar eclipse website here