Eclipse visible here Sunday

Published 12:31 am Saturday, May 19, 2012

There will be a solar eclipse Sunday evening in Alabama.

While the whole show won’t be visible because the sun will set, gazers will see a crescent shape in our area beginning around 7 p.m.

According to NASA, on May 20-21, 2012, an annular eclipse of the sun will be visible from within a narrow corridor along Earth’s northern Hemisphere – beginning in eastern Asia, crossing the North Pacific Ocean, and ending in the western United States. A partial eclipse will be visible from a much larger region covering East Asia, North Pacific, North America and Greenland.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac gives this bit of eclipse knowledge and advice.

“As the moon crosses the center of the sun, observers will see a ‘ring of fire’ — with the bright rim of the Sun surrounding the dark disk of the Moon. All but easternmost North America will experience at least a partial eclipse. Reminder: Do not look directly at the Sun without a proper, safe solar filter or you could permanently damage your vision.”

For more information on the eclipse, visit The site will provide times and a video of what the eclipse will look like here.