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Annular Solar Eclipse, May 20, 2012

On May 20, 2102, the Moon passed between the Earth and the Sun. The Moon was near Apogee, the high point in its orbit, so it did not cover the entire face of the Sun, resulting in an annular eclipse. Lunar apogee had occurred about 31 hours before the eclipse. The apogee, 252567 miles from Earth, was the highest of the year.

The centerline of the eclipse passed very near the town of Page, Arizona. My sisters, Debbie and Lisa, and I drove to Page on Sunday. We found a dirt road leading up to a butte south of town and parked about 2,000 feet from the centerline of the eclipse (Latitude: 36.8837 N Longitude: 111.4811 W). The sky was clear except for a thin haze of smoke from wildfires. We could see many cars parked at the Horseshoe Point overlook and the Glen Canyon Dam scenic view below us. Every nce in a while a four wheel drive vehicle drove past onthe way to the top of the butte. We observed the eclipse through cardboard viewer with a sheet of a material that looked like it came from a black garbage bag. The sun turned into a crescent and then a blazing orange neon circle as the light on the landscape faded away. We stayed up there until sunset when the sun was eclipsed by both the Moon and the Earth.

Annular Solar Eclipse, May 20, 2012 Pictures of the Annular Solar Eclipse taken at five minute intervals.

Solar Eclipse, May 20, 2012 The Moon began to move across the Sun at 5:25 PM Mountain Standard Time at our location.

Solar Eclipse, May 20, 2012 Partial Solar Eclipse.

Solar Eclipse, May 20, 2012 Partial Solar Eclipse.

Solar Eclipse, May 20, 2012 The annular phase of the eclipse started at 6:32:14 PM.

Solar Eclipse, May 20, 2012 The Moon was centered on the face of the Sun at 6:34:30 PM.

Solar Eclipse, May 20, 2012 The annular phase of the eclipse ended at 6:36:45 PM.

Solar Eclipse, May 20, 2012 Partial Solar Eclipse.

Solar Eclipse, May 20, 2012 Partial Solar Eclipse.

Solar Eclipse, May 20, 2012 The Sun dimmed and appeared progressively more oblate as it approached the horizon.

Solar Eclipse, May 20, 2012 The Sun eclipsed by the Moon and the Earth. Sunset began at 7:20.

Solar Eclipse, May 20, 2012 The Earth eclipsed half of the Sun at 7:21:13 PM.

Solar Eclipse, May 20, 2012 The sun set at 7:23, shortly before the end of the eclipse.

Solar Eclipse, May 20, 2012

Page, Arizona, May 20, 2012 Lake Powell.

Page, Arizona, May 20, 2012 Page, Arizona.

Page, Arizona, May 20, 2012 Footprints and tail drag marks provide an indication of the many little critters that inhabit the area.

Page, Arizona, May 20, 2012 Debbie and Lisa view the eclipse through safe solar viewers..

Page, Arizona during Solar Eclipse, May 20, 2012 Page, Arizona during the Solar Eclipse.

I animated my pictures of the annular solar eclipse and added a time lapse movie of the changing light levels during the eclipse.

Total Lunar Eclipse, August 28, 2007

Total Lunar Eclipse, August 28, 2007 The eclipsed Moon was visible over Goleta early on the morning of August 28, 2007.

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Bigger Moon pictures

I recently upgraded to a higher resolution digital camera and started a new sequence of improved Moon photographs.

Waning crescent Moon, October 17, 2006 Waning crescent Moon, October 17, 2006

Waning crescent Moon, October 16, 2006 Waning crescent Moon, October 16, 2006

Waning crescent Moon, October 15, 2006 Waning crescent Moon, October 15, 2006

Last quarter Moon, October 14, 2006 Last quarter Moon, October 14, 2006

Waning gibbous Moon, October 8, 2006 Waning gibbous Moon, October 8, 2006

Full Moon, October 7, 2006 Waning gibbous Moon, October 7, 2006

Waxing gibbous Moon, October 6, 2006 Full Moon, October 6, 2006

Waxing gibbous Moon, October 5, 2006 Waxing gibbous Moon, October 5, 2006

Waxing gibbous Moon, October 4, 2006 Waxing gibbous Moon, October 4, 2006

Waxing gibbous Moon, October 3, 2006 Waxing gibbous Moon, October 3, 2006

Waxing gibbous Moon, October 2, 2006 Waxing gibbous Moon, October 2, 2006

First quarter Moon, September 29, 2006 First quarter Moon, September 29, 2006

Waxing crescent Moon, September 27, 2006 Waxing crescent Moon, September 27, 2006

Waning gibbous Moon, September 9, 2006 Waning gibbous Moon, September 9, 2006.

Full Moon, September 6, 2006 Full Moon, September 6, 2006.

Waxing gibbous Moon, September 4, 2006 Waxing gibbous Moon, September 4, 2006.

Waxing gibbous Moon, September 2, 2006 Waxing gibbous Moon, September 2, 2006.

First quarter Moon, August 31, 2006 First quarter Moon, August 31, 2006.

Waning gibbous Moon, August 12, 2006 Waning gibbous Moon, August 12, 2006.

Total Lunar Eclipse, October 27, 2004

The Moon passed through the shadow of the Earth on the evening of October 27. A storm moved through this area shortly before sunset. The view to the east was obscured by clouds. From time to time the Moon appeared through holes in the clouds.

Total Lunar Eclipse October 27, 2004 Quicktime movie of the eclipse.

Total Lunar Eclipse October 27, 2004 Composite image of the total lunar eclipse.

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Partially Eclipsed Moon October 27, 2004 The Moon was already partially eclipsed when it first peeked through the clouds at 6:47 P.M.

Partially Eclipsed Moon October 27, 2004 Clouds returned to hide the Moon at 6:56 P.M.

Eclipsed Moon October 27, 2004 It disappeared behind the clouds until 7:32 when it was totally eclipsed.

Partially Eclipsed Moon October 27, 2004 7:36 P.M.

Partially Eclipsed Moon October 27, 2004 7:40 P.M.

Partially Eclipsed Moon October 27, 2004 7:47 P.M.

Partially Eclipsed Moon October 27, 2004 7:49 P.M.

Partially Eclipsed Moon October 27, 2004 The dimly lit Moon disappeared behind the clouds again at 7:53 P.M.

Moon revolution movie The Moon revolving around the Earth from July 18 to August 12. Look carefully and you can see how the Moon librates. Since the angular velocity of the Moon is higher when it is at perigee and lower when it is at apogee, it appears to wobble from side to side. Since the Moon's orbit is inclined to the Earth's equator, it appears to wobble up and down.

Moon revolution movie The Moon revolving around the Earth from August 19 to September 11. (animated GIF)

Moon revolution movie (Quicktime movie)

Moon apogee-perigee movie This illustrates the difference in apparent size between the Moon at apogee on July 14, August 11, and September 8 and the Moon at perigee on July 1, July 29, August 27, and September 22. Apogee and perigee occur slightly later in each lunar cycle.

Full Moon movie This alternates between the full Moon on July 1, July 30, August 27, and September 27 showing how libration presents a slightly different view of the Moon from month to month.

New Moon July 18, 2004 New Moon July 18, 2004

Waxing Crescent Moon July 19, 2004 Waxing Crescent Moon July 19, 2004

Waxing Crescent Moon July 20, 2004 Waxing Crescent Moon July 20, 2004

Waxing Crescent Moon July 21, 2004 Waxing Crescent Moon July 21, 2004

Waxing Crescent Moon July 22, 2004 Waxing Crescent Moon July 22, 2004

Half Moon July 24, 2004 Half Moon July 24, 2004

Waxing Gibbous Moon July 26, 2004 Waxing Gibbous Moon July 26, 2004

Waxing Gibbous Moon July 27, 2004 Waxing Gibbous Moon July 27, 2004

Waxing Gibbous Moon July 28, 2004 Waxing Gibbous Moon July 28, 2004

Waxing Gibbous Moon July 29, 2004 Waxing Gibbous Moon July 29, 2004

Full Moon July 30, 2004 Full Moon July 30, 2004

Waning Gibbous Moon July 31, 2004 Waning Gibbous Moon July 31, 2004

Waning Gibbous Moon August 2, 2004 Waning Gibbous Moon August 2, 2004

Waning Gibbous Moon August 4, 2004 Waning Gibbous Moon August 4, 2004

Waning Gibbous Moon August 6, 2004 Waning Gibbous Moon August 6, 2004

Waning Half Moon August 8, 2004 Waning Half Moon August 8, 2004

Waning Crescent Moon August 9, 2004 Waning Crescent Moon August 9, 2004

Waning Crescent Moon August 10, 2004 Waning Crescent Moon August 10, 2004

Waning Crescent Moon August 12, 2004 Waning Crescent Moon August 12, 2004

Waning Crescent Moon August 13, 2004 Waning Crescent Moon August 13, 2004


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