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    When, Where to Watch Sunday's Solar Eclipse

    By By Kristina Pydynowski, Senior Meteorologist
    May 22, 2012, 5:23:43 AM EDT

    Where the weather cooperates, the United States--with the East Coast being the exception--will be treated to a spectacular solar eclipse late today.

    For the best views of Sunday's "Ring of Fire" eclipse, head to places from northern California and neighboring southwestern Oregon to the Texas Panhandle.

    Here, the sun will be reduced to what resembles a ring as the moon passes directly between the sun and Earth.

    This "Ring of Fire," as described by Mike Wall of SPACE.com, will create a dazzling display for roughly 3 to 4 minutes over cities such as Medford, Ore., Redding, Calif., Reno, Nev., Cedar City, Utah, Albuquerque, N.M., and Lubbock, Texas.

    SEE ALSO:
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    Being able to see the eclipse is, of course, weather dependent. The good news is that Mother Nature will not ruin the show for many communities in the path of the complete eclipse.

    The "Ring of Fire" will be visible since an annular eclipse is taking place late today as opposed to a total solar eclipse, according to Wall.

    "In [the case of today's annular eclipse], the moon is close to apogee--the farthest point from Earth in its elliptical orbit around our planet--so it's a smidge too small in the sky to cover the solar disk completely."


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    Do not let the term 'annular' fool you into thinking that the show will be any less amazing than during a total eclipse. In fact, AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson states that the display will be extra spectacular with the eclipse occurring right before sunset.

    Please use caution when admiring the eclipse since serious eye damage can result if not done so safely.

    The sun will transition to the spectacular "Ring of Fire" at the following times, which were calculated by NASA.

    City
    Starts
    Peaks
    Ends
    Albuquerque, N.M.
    6:28 p.m. MDT
    7:36 p.m. MDT
    Sunset
    Eureka, Calif.
    5:10 p.m. PDT
    6:28 p.m. PDT
    7:37 p.m. PDT
    Lubbock, Texas
    7:31 p.m. CDT
    8:36 p.m. CDT
    Sunset
    Medford, Ore.
    5:08 p.m. PDT
    6:26 p.m. PDT
    7:34 p.m. PDT
    Reno, Nev.
    5:15 p.m. PDT
    6:31 p.m. PDT
    7:37 p.m. PDT

    The rest of the United States will be able to witness at least a partial solar eclipse right before sunset; the timing of which is given below for select cities. The East Coast will be the exception as the sun will set prior to the brilliant display.

    City
    Starts
    Peaks
    Ends
    Buffalo, N.Y.
    8:20 p.m. EDT
    Sunset
    ---
    Birmingham, Ala.
    7:30 p.m. CDT
    Sunset
    ---
    Chicago, Ill.
    7:22 p.m. CDT
    Sunset
    ---
    Minneapolis, Minn.
    7:19 p.m. CDT
    8:20 p.m. CDT
    Sunset
    St. Louis, Mo.
    7:25 p.m. CDT
    Sunset
    ---
    Oklahoma City, Okla.
    7:29 p.m. CDT
    Sunset
    ---
    Houston, Texas
    7:35 p.m. CDT
    Sunset
    ---
    Denver, Colo.
    6:23 p.m. MDT
    7:30 p.m. MDT
    Sunset
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    6:19 p.m. MDT
    7:29 p.m. MDT
    8:33 p.m. MDT
    Boise, Idaho
    6:12 p.m. MDT
    7:25 p.m. MDT
    8:31 p.m. MDT
    Phoenix, Ariz.
    5:29 p.m. MST
    6:39 p.m. MST
    Sunset
    Seattle, Wash.
    5:02 p.m. PDT
    6:18 p.m. PDT
    7:26 p.m. PDT
    San Francisco, Calif.
    5:16 p.m. PDT
    6:33 p.m. PDT
    7:40 p.m. PDT
    Los Angeles, Calif.
    5:25 p.m. PDT
    6:38 p.m. PDT
    7:43 p.m. PDT
    Reno, Nev.
    5:15 p.m. PDT
    6:31 p.m. PDT
    7:37 p.m. PDT
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    2:03 p.m. HST
    3:12 p.m. HST
    4:11 p.m. HST

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