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Rare Solar Event Peaks Over Casper Sunday May 20th

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On Sunday, May 20th, 2012 an annular solar eclipse will be seen across areas of the western United States. The full annular eclipse  begins over the western Pacific Ocean and will travel east at about 1,000 MPH across the ocean to the western U.S. before sunset. This will be the first central eclipse of the 21st century in the continental U.S., and the first annular in the continental U.S. eclipse since May 10th, 1994.

Here in Wyoming, we will see a partial solar eclipse (weather permitting), with 70-75% of the sun’s disc obscured at its peak at 7:30 PM. The event will begin a little after 6 PM and last through sunset. Sunset happens at 8:27 with the event ending at 8:30 PM. Find out more about the eclipse HERE.

The next major eclipse will be a total eclipse that will pass through central Wyoming on August 21st, 2017.

For safety in viewing, keep in mind that Looking directly at the sun without a proper solar filter can cause severe eye damage, including blindness; sunglasses do not provide sufficient protection.

Check out some solar eclipse viewing and safety tips here. And to create a pinhole projector for safe viewing click HERE.

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