Solar eclipse weekend viewing tips

Solar eclipse weekend viewing tips

POSTED: Friday, May 18, 2012 - 4:06pm

UPDATED: Monday, May 21, 2012 - 8:50am

EL PASO- On Sunday May 20, around sunset, if you look to the northwest, you will have a chance to see an annular eclipse.

It happens when the Moon passes in front of the Sun, except the Moon is too far from the Earth to block the Sun entirely. In Latin, annulus means "ring" and his annular eclipse will also be known as the Ring of Fire. It's the first eclipse in 2012 and it's the first time an annular has occurred in the U.S. in 18 years.

Do not look directly at the Sun during an eclipse. Specially designed Eclipse Shades have to be worn if you look directly at the sun. An alternative is to construct a pinhole shadow box made of cardboard. Even with one of these pinhole boxes, you still don't look at the sun directly, just look at the shadow cast in the box. Another option is to get a piece of paper, poke a pinhole through it and watch the eclipse cast a shadow on the ground.

The best advice is to look down and not up for any eclipse. 

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