Live Solar Eclipse 2012 – Online HD Video Streaming from the top of Mount Fuji, Fujiyama, Honshu, Japan – May 20
On May 21, 2012, an annular solar eclipse begins over southeast China and passes over Japan. When the eclipse crosses the International Date Line, the local date becomes May 20. The eclipse then enters the California/Oregon border, passes in the late afternoon over Nevada, Utah, Arizona, a corner of Colorado, New Mexico, and ends at sunset in Texas.
An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s apparent disk is just smaller than the Sun’s disk and the Sun appears as a brilliant ring. This spectacular sight can only be safely observed with approved solar filters or by projecting an image of the eclipsed Sun onto a flat white surface.
The eclipse will occur in the afternoon and early evening on Sunday (May 20). At its peak, the moon will block roughly 94 percent of the sun’s light. The so-called annular solar eclipse will not completely cover the sun, but will produce a spectacular “ring of fire” in the sky for well-placed observers. (“Annulus” is the Latin word for “little ring.”)
Live Solar Eclipse 2012 – Online Streaming TV Channel – May 20
Japan will have its first annular solar eclipse in 25 years. This project will broadcast live this moment of the century from the top of Mt. Fuji at 3,776 meter-high, a symbol of Japan and the closest spot to the sun in the country. All equipment used for this live broadcast will be powered completely by solar energy. A climbing expedition will scale the mountain, shouldering high-capacity rechargeable batteries. The annular solar eclipse will be filmed and broadcast LIVE Stream to the world using power from the sun. An epic project that joins the forces of the sun and humankind.
Solar Eclipse 2012 Timing around the World
Solar Eclipse 2012 in Asia: The moon’s shadow races eastward across Earth’s surface at more than 2,000 mph, starting in China’s southern Guangxi Province. Theoretically, the “Ring of Fire” could be visible just after 6 p.m. ET over Asian urban centers such as Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau, Taipei, Osaka and Tokyo. But for many of those cities, the weather outlook isn’t that great: Cloudy skies or even thundershowers are in the forecast.
Solar Eclipse 2012 in America: The partial eclipse begins over the U.S. West Coast and Canada around 8 p.m. ET, and even earlier in Alaska. Skywatchers in portions of Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas can witness the “Ring of Fire” effect at its peak after 9 p.m. ET. As you go farther east, sunset becomes the limiting factor. The U.S. East Coast, for example, will miss out on all phases of the eclipse. Consult NASA’s clickable map to find out what will be visible from your locale. The times are listed as UTC, so subtract five hours for Central Daylight Time, six hours for Mountain Time, and seven hours for Pacific Time. Don’t forget to check the weather, too.
The moon’s shadow moves quickly — about 1,200 mph. Some times when the moon’s disc will be most centered over the sun’s are as follows:
Eureka, Calif.: 6:28 p.m. PDT
Reno, Nev.: 6:31 p.m. PDT
Grand Canyon, Ariz.: 6:35 p.m. MST
Albuquerque: 7:36 p.m. MDT (note time zone change)
Lubbock: 8:36 p.m. CDT (another time zone change)
Solar Eclipse 2012 Live TV Channels Worldwide
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Solar Eclipse 2012 Live Webcast
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If you are not interest to watch it on Live Web cast, you still have 5 more ways to experience the Solar Eclipse 2012 on May 20-21.
To observe the May 20th Solar Eclipse 2012 directly you must protect your eyes at all times with proper solar filters. However, do not let the requisite warnings scare you away from witnessing this rare spectacle. You can experience the Solar Eclipse 2012 safely, provided you use proper eye protection.
1. Direct viewing
The use of eclipse shades will permit a large number of people who do not have specialized equipment to observe this event. However, as the planet approaches the limb of the sun, subtleties like the ‘black drop’ effect will not be discernible. At one minute of arc in size, Venus is near the visual limit of most people’s eyes. It’s tiny compared to the sun, which is about 32 arcminutes in diameter.
Yes! Eclipse Shades or Solar Shades appear similar to sunglasses, but they have a special filter that permits safe viewing if the filter is in new condition. Eclipse/solar shades are available through Astronomers Without Borders. Before looking at the sun, inspect the material to make sure the lenses are not scratched or compromised in any way. If so, discard the shades.
No! Do not be lulled into thinking that you can look safely at the sun while wearing sunglasses, for sunglasses do not protect your eyes sufficiently. So don’t try it! Do not try to view the sun directly with the naked eye or through any questionable medium. These children, depicted on the April 28, 1883, cover of Harper’s Weekly, are at risk of serious eye injury. They are using smoked glass, which is not sufficient.
2. Pinhole projectors
Pinhole projectors are a safe, indirect viewing technique for observing an image of the sun. While popular for viewing solar eclipses, pinhole projectors suffer from the same shortcomings as unmagnified views when Venus approaches the edges of the sun. Small features like the ‘black drop’ effect will not be discernible.
3. Projecting a magnified view
You may project a magnified view of the sun through a telescope or a pair of binoculars onto a white surface, which conveniently allows a larger number of people to watch concurrently. See www.popastro.com for instructions for projecting the sun with a telescope, along with solar activities like sunspot counting.
The projection technique often has its own limitations. Because magnified projections usually have an exposed focal point beyond the eyepiece, a bystander can inadvertently put her eye or body in the sight line of the sun. Hence, a projecting telescope must not be left unattended. Large reflector telescopes can generate too much heat by concentrating a lot of the sun’s energy on the secondary mirror and eyepiece, so the incoming light must be attenuated first. ‘Stop down’ the aperture. Likewise, Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes can experience too much heat build-up as the light bounces internally.
Hubert van Hecke provides the design and instructions for making his sunspotter. The Exploratorium demonstrates how to view a planet in transit safely by projecting the image of the sun with binoculars Important: do not look at the sun through binoculars without solar filters on the large ends of both the barrels. Do not leave this rig unattended.
4. Closed-loop device
The safest method for allowing a large crowd to witness the transit of Venus concurrently is to project a magnified image through a closed-loop device. A popular projection device used during the 2004 transit of Venus was the Must-See TV (Transit Venus) Screen. Made from simple materials (a plastic funnel, a clamp, an eyepiece, and some projection fabric), the device fits in your telescope like an eyepiece with an appendage. A clear image of Venus transiting the sun appears on the screen. Because the entire light path is enclosed, observers are not at risk. A larger version of the screen uses a bucket to yield a larger image. Download simple instructions and supplies list, from the 2003 GLPA Annual Conference workshop.
Bruce Hegerberg’s design for a Sun Gun is online at his website. The Other closed-loop devices are commercially available from Science First and Solarscope. They provide a surface on which you can safely trace the sun’s outline and sunspots onto a piece of paper.
5. Telescopes with Solar Filters
The transit of Venus is perhaps best viewed directly when magnified, which demands an appropriate solar filter over the large end of the telescope. Often made of glass or Mylar, these “white light” filters block about 99.99% of the incoming sunlight, which allows the eyepiece then to magnify the image. A filtered, magnified view will show the sun (either blue or orange), the planet Venus, the ‘black drop’ effect, and sunspots. See www.skyandtelescope.com for a list of retailers.
Note #1: The sun’s immense energy must be drastically reduced before it enters the telescope. Do not use small filters that fit over the eyepiece (as found in some older, cheaper telescopes), for the concentrated sunlight can shatter them.
Note #2: Remove unfiltered finder scopes so they are not inadvertently accessed. Do not rely on a lens cap – even if it is taped on – to keep the eyes of a prying person at bay.
Special telescopes with built-in hydrogen-alpha filters show additional solar features, such as the sun’s surface granulation and prominences extending outward into space.
Path of Solar Eclipse 2012
This map shows the path of the Annular Solar Eclipse of 2012 May 20 . The northern and southern path limits are blue and the central line is red. The yellow lines crossing the path indicate the position of maximum eclipse at 10-minute intervals.