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2012 Annular Solar Eclipse Event

By Amanda Shore

I arrived in Kanarraville, Utah with my family early in the morning to set up the spot where we would view the annular eclipse. The booths were just about finished getting set up themselves. As the day went on, spectators kept trickling into the quaint little town to erect their tents, umbrellas and canopies to sit in the shade and wait. Around 3:00 p.m., hundreds of people showed up. Some groups of kids made friends with each other, and many families brought their dogs. A few people had their telescopes and cameras set up to get a better view of the eclipse. It was an active day, and the anticipation grew as the Sun got lower in the sky.

Around 5:20 p.m. PST, the moon started its trip across the Sun. The crowd applauded eagerly when they saw the little black indentation on the edge of the Sun. The Moon crept ever so slowly between the Earth and the Sun, creating that black disc. About an hour later, the Moon was right in front of the Sun, creating what appeared to be a black

dot with a glowing ring around it. The crowd cheered in excitement. Many people started packing up once the Moon left this position, but some stayed to watch the Moon finish its journey between the Earth and Sun.

Before the Moon could finish passing between the Earth and the Sun, the star dipped below a mountain. It was a beautiful sight to behold and a great experience. Now I’ll wait until 2017 when there is a total solar eclipse.