Ring of Fire! May 10, 2013’s Annular Solar Eclipse from Pilbara, Western Australia


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I just saw this, and I could not NOT post this, especially as PLASA Focus Orlando people are traveling home.

This is the annular solar eclipse that just happened in Western Australia on May 10, 2013.  I hope this brings you as much peace as it just brought me.

Ring of Fire – May 10 2013 Annular Solar Eclipse, Pilbara, Western Australia from Colin Legg on Vimeo.

This video captures the sunrise annular solar eclipse from 3 locations in the Pilbara, Western Australia, May 10, 2013.

Cameras were placed at the south west, north west limits and centreline. 3 Canon 5DmkII + 800 mm timelapse at each location and Canon 1DC + 2000 mm 4K video in the north.

A big thanks to Geoff Sims for setting up the south camera, collaborating on site location, transporting lenses and eclipse timing/position calculations.

Thanks also to Peter Nanasi for providing the lovely original score at short notice.

I’m still on the road in north Western Australia and have done the editing from a cold caravan park in bright daylight skies, so it may be a little rough around the edges. There is also some stabilization still to be done, due to wind shake, but that requires better tools than I have on my laptop. One for later when I return to Perth.

If you ever get to see an annular eclipse, I recommend going to the path limits (sunset or sunrise). All sorts of weird things happen to the Sun, right on the horizon.



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11 Minutes, 8 Seconds – Longest Solar Eclipse of the Millennium

You crazy party animals and sun worshippers – especially all of you in Africa and Asia – probably saw the latest solar phenomenon just on Friday.  The longest annular solar eclipse in the last 1,000 years occurred yesterday, turning the sun literally into a “burning ring of fire.”

“Hey Jim, what is an annular solar eclipse?”

Well, wonderful readers, when a solar eclipse is annular, it means that the sun has a big object right in the middle of it, creating what appears to be a ring.  Most of the middle of the sun gets blocked, creating a darkness and lowered temperatures for the duration of the eclipse.  This one, which won’t be exceeded until at least December 23, 3043 (at which point I will be dust) lasted for 11 minutes and 8 seconds – a record for this millennium.

People in the Maldives, Myanmar, and China got to see great views of it – Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa got a partial eclipse.  I actually had to look up the Maldives, because I thought it was something you stick in a salad.

Check out a video, followed by images from a post at Huffington Post below:







Solar Eclipse in China – Longest of the 21st Century

On July 22 of this year, China and part of Asia saw the longest solar eclipse of this century – six minutes and 39 seconds long.  The next longest solar eclipse?  I certainly won’t see it, as it’s supposed to take place in 2132.  Maybe Bernie Madoff can see it when he gets out of prison.’s The Big Picture blog has some absolutely stellar (bwahahaa) images of the eclipse – I posted 3 smaller ones, but the blog has such better shots, if I do say so myself.  Also check out a small video below.

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