'Ring Of Fire' Photo Of Solar Eclipse

A picture from Cottonwood, in Shasta County, California, shows the moon surrounded by the sun. Got eclipse pictures? Share them here.


The "annular eclipse" has receded into the astronomical past.

The took place 18 years ago. The next one visible from the mainland United States won't be until 2023, says National Geographic.

The photo above was taken at the peak of the eclipse by Debbie Freeman Edwards of Cottonwood, in Shasta County, California.

Folks there saw the moon in the middle of the sun, surrounded by a ring of fire.

In the Bay Area, the moon never completely centered itself between the sun and the earth.

Debbie emailed her snapshot to Tiana Turner of San Leandro, who was eclipse gazing at the San Leandro Marina Sunday evening with her friend, Kennie Sharpe of San Mateo.

Tiana, in turn, emailed the snapshot to Patch.

Patch reader Lisa DeLapo added two other views.

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Tom Abate May 21, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I think the once in a lifetime depends on age. I saw something in National Geographic that says the next annular eclipse visible from the U.S. mainland won't be until 2023. I could get to see that one if I reach a reasonable age. On the other hand another press report I saw said there won't be another annular of this quality until 2045. That would put me in my 90s. Possible? Our kids, however, will see both. Let's hope that if we are not viewing with them, they will remember this event and us.
David May 21, 2012 at 06:27 PM
I saw one that was practically the same in 1994. It's pretty cool. Twice so far in my lifetime.
Mike Katz-Lacabe May 21, 2012 at 07:29 PM
The next annular eclipse visible from the US will be on October 14, 2023. The path of the complete eclipse will pass through Oregon, a tiny part of northeast California Nevada, Utah, part of northeast Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. (Map: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle2001/SE2023Oct14Agoogle.html) The next total eclipse visible from the US will be on August 21, 2017. The path of the complete eclipse will pass through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, all the way across the US to South Carolina. (Map:http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle2001/SE2017Aug21Tgoogle.html)
Marga Lacabe May 21, 2012 at 07:37 PM
We'll definitely have to do the 2017 one, but our girls will be college age in 2023, so it seems very unlikely we'll get to see it together as a family. This was it for us, Mike :-(
Tom Abate May 21, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Can anyone think of a more amazing confluence between a living person and the astronomical than Mark Twain? From Wikipedia: "Twain was born during a visit by Halley's Comet, and he predicted that he would "go out with it" as well. He died the day following the comet's subsequent return." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Twain


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