Set your weekend calendars to this Sunday, May 20, 2012. Just as the ancient Mayans predicted, an annular solar eclipse will be visible from the Western United States. Find your favorite desert location – this sun worshiper will be watching while guiding a cycling tour in Fredericksburg, Texas – pick up some eye protection, BYOB and celebrate!
Not to be confused with a lunar eclipse, a solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partially obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s apparent diameter is smaller than the Sun, causing the sun to look like an annulus (ring), blocking most of the Sun’s light. An annular eclipse appears as a partial eclipse over a region thousands of kilometers wide.