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Friday, May 18, 2012

Rare Solar Eclipse This Weekend

If you live in or are planning to visit the southwestern United States this weekend, you're in for a rare treat: an annular solar eclipse will occur Sunday afternoon. This is the first solar eclipse viewable within the continental United States in more than 18 years.

If you'll be near the California-Oregon border, Reno, the Grand Canyon, Albuquerque or Lubbock, Texas, you'll see an amazing view of the sun's corona appearing to spill over the moon's edges on all sides. It's dangerous to look directly at the eclipse so if you plan on experiencing this rare sight, protect your eyes with the proper equipment. Ned Potter of ABC News recommends No. 14 arc welders glass and Eric Holthaus with The Wall Street Journal has more recommendations if you're interested. digitizes tens of millions of photos in our Irvine, California headquarters so we will not be able to view this rare eclipse in-person. We're relying on you to show us!

Send us your pictures of this rare occurrence. Email them to, Tweet your photos to @ScanMyPhotos and share them with us on Facebook and Google+ with hashtag #eclipseSMP. We'll be happy to share your photos on our social networking sites and this blog.

NASA image showing the areas that will be able to view the
May 20th annular solar eclipse. People in Southern China through
the Texas Panhandle will be able to see the eclipse.
If you won't be able to view the eclipse but you're dying to see it, watch Panasonic's live video stream form Japan's Mt. Fuji.
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