Solar Eclipse Sunday

May 17th, 2012 at 12:36 am by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

From roughly 8:15 PM until sunset (9 PM), a portion of the sun will be blocked by the moon – a solar eclipse.  Go to this site to learn more and see what the eclipse might look like over Lake Michigan.   Don’t get your hopes up.  The sun will be very low on the horizon, just before sunset, and it would have to be clear to the horizon to be visible.  Only a portion of the sun will be blocked.  We also have a decent chance that clouds or a combination of clouds and haze will block the view.  Here’s a video on the eventAnother video of the effect mainly over the Pacific Ocean.  Members of the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society are planning on setting up telescopes at Warren Dunes State Park to witness this solar system alignment.  The best view of this eclipse will be in the Western U.S., the Aleutian Islands, Japan and Southeast China.   There are better solar eclipses coming in August 2017 and April 2024.  There will also be solar eclipses in 2044 and 2045.    Picture from NASA.  Here’s a cool solar eclipse picture.

13 Responses to “Solar Eclipse Sunday”

  1. INDY says:

    Heat is onnnnn!!! INDYY….

    1. fixxxer says:

      if you call 69 today heat then i guess.

  2. Dan says:

    What an awesome Spring morning! Here we go into Summer! Keep the great weather rolling for us, will you Bill? You certainly must have control of it!
    Time for hanging out at the beach, cook outs, etc, etc!

  3. Randy M (Comstock Park) says:

    The setup that gave us the “supermoon” 2 weeks ago also causes the moon to now be at apogee (farthest away), so even those folks out west in the direct path will see an annular eclipse, where the moon looks too small to completely cover the sun and a ring of bright sunlight shines around it. 18 years ago I witnessed the annular eclipse of March 10, 1994 from a rest area on US-30 a few miles northwest of Fort Wayne, Indiana. It was a beautiful clear spring day (like this morning). Unfortunately, you can’t ever safely stare directly at an annular eclipse, and it never gets really dark, although you can tell the light is dimmer and the sun doesn’t feel as warm. My film-based photos turned out pretty well (given my amateur set-up of welder’s glass rubber-banded to a modest refractor telescope), somewhat like the picture at my first link.

    1. Randy M (Comstock Park) says:

      Of course a total solar eclipse would be even better, so maybe in 5 or 12 years….

  4. fixxxer says:

    come on bill…we need some warmer weather.

    1. Katie in Kentwood says:

      Look at the 8 day forecast…..86 on Sat/Sun and again on Tuesday

    2. RJ (Rockford) says:

      You are hopeless. Please take your meds and fast!! What an absolutely GREAT day. It does not get any better than this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

    Man, perfect sleeping weather at night with window cracked open a bit in the bedroom, dont have to run A/C during the day, nice and sunny, slight breeze.some People still complain. dont think i have to name any names……..

  6. Scott (west olive) says:

    We shouldn’t see anything but :) from Fixx on Sat if it still holds into the 80′s.

  7. Tom Rush says:

    I’m not ready for the oppressive 90s and dewpoints in the 60s or higher. Looks like we have jumped the gun again. First it was 80s in March when 40s and 50s would have been normal and now we have 90 in May when 70 would be just about right for this time of year. What mixed up weather!

  8. Mark Watson says:

    how should we look at it?

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