Eclipse to pass over Tracy
by TP staff
May 19, 2012 | 4715 views | 2 2 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An annular solar eclipse should be visible in San Joaquin County on Sunday, May 20, giving Tracy and Mountain House residents a chance to see the sun slip behind the moon.

The moon will almost completely block out the sun’s light at 6:32 p.m. Sunday, according to astronomical forecasts. A small crescent of the sun should still be visible, weather permitting.

Forecasts from Accuweather.com predict a sunny day, so local views should be unimpeded.

The eclipse is predicted to begin at 5:17 p.m. and end at 7:39 p.m.

Public health officials recommend not viewing the eclipse directly without eye protection, such as a No. 14 welder’s viewing mask or a pinhole projector.
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jimf01
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May 19, 2012
This is a partial eclipse, and therefore a STRONGER warning against looking at the sun is warranted. You can also damage your digital camera by trying to photograph an eclipse.

Looking at the Sun is harmful to your eyes at any time, partial eclipse or no. The danger that a partial solar eclipse poses is simply that it may prompt people to gaze at the Sun, something they wouldn't normally do. The result can be "eclipse blindness," a serious eye injury that can leave temporary or permanent blurred vision or blind spots at the center of your view. Fortunately, there are many easy ways to watch the show safely.

See this website for more info http://www.perkins-observatory.org/eclipsesafety.html
LAM75
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May 20, 2012
Thank You jimf01 for stating that. I hope people intending to photograph this eclipse or view it read your comment and take it seriously.

Lori



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