Annular Eclipse Shadow Trajectory (Photo : NASA)
The visibility for Sunday's eclipse will not be limited to only the eight states through which the eclipse's central path runs; it will also be visible in various other states although in this case it will appear more of a partial eclipse than a total eclipse.
States on the eastern coast, such as New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts,and others will miss out completely since it'll already be dark there.
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If you reside within the central path however, the difference is that it'll possibly be dimmer, although as opposed to a total solar eclipse, Sunday's eclipse is an annular eclipse meaning that one shouldn't really get too excited about seeing the sky turn pitch dark.
Annular solar eclipses don't really block the sun's rays completely since the moon, in this type of eclipse, will appear smaller--four percent smaller specifically speaking in this case. Instead of seeing the moon finely outlined by a line of light, you'll see a moon outlined by a thicker crown or ring of fire.
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Before continuing on, here is some handy information, (FAQ format) regarding the eclipse:
Again, what happens if the state doesn't fall within the eclipse's central path? Will people living there still be able to appreciate it?
Yes, they will, although it'll be more of a partial eclipse to them. Take for example Colorado. University of Colorado at Boulder is throwing the largest ever eclipse party in a stadium and Boulder isn't located within the eclipse's central path.
How small will the moon appear before the sun?
NASA has said that the moon will cover approximately 94 percent of the sun.
How much does is the average ticket cost to Albuquerque for May 20 to observe the eclipse? (Note: The following cities are major east coast cities)
From New York, $809, roundtrip, as of May 18. Up $40 dollars since May 17.
From Chicago, $669, roundtrip, as of May 18.
From Miami, $902, roundtrip, as of May 18.
From D.C., $505, roundtrip, as of May 18.
From Boston, $817, roundtrip, as of May 18.
The eclipse's path will begin in east China and will run through various cities and countries including Guangzhou, China; Tokyo, Japan; Taiwan, and the U.S., among others as well.
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The first shadows are expected to land near the California-Oregon border at about 5:25 p.m. PST and the eclipse will run its course all the way to Texas and end at about 7:39 p.m. PST.
The city in the U.S. that is optimal to appreciate the eclipse, since it will directly fall under its central path is Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Southeast Asia and the U.S. will observe their first annular eclipse since March of 1994.
The crown of fire is dangerously bright and may cause injury to the sight, especially kids. Parents should be advised.
To safely observe the eclipse, one can buy a pair of eclipse glasses or watch it on TV.