Solar Eclipse at Sunset on May 20May 6th, 2012 at 1:41 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
Click on the picture to enlarge. A solar eclipse begins in the U.S. and extends across the Pacific on the evening of May 20. In the U.S., it’ll be best viewed in northern California. Here in Michigan, the eclipse will begin shortly before the sun sets. Check out this page for more information. Also check out this page from the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society and maybe plan on joining them at Warren Dunes that evening. We’d need a clear sky to the west that evening and that’s not the easiest thing to do. Even on a clear day, incoming cirrus clouds or summer haze can dim the sun before it reaches a flat horizon. There’s a spectacular solar eclipse coming to the U.S. in August 2017 and another on April 8, 2024. Another very rare event will occur on June 5th this year. Venus will move across (transit) the sun. This will be the last chance you’ll be able to see this in your lifetime. The next transit of Venus will be in the year 2117. Also check out the Grand Rapids Amateur Astronomical Assn.