This Sunday, May 20th, the moon will block out the sun just enough to leave a dramatic "ring of fire," otherwise known as a solar eclipse. If you're daring enough to take photos of the eclipse - and properly placed, geographically - today's information should come in handy. If you're not, don't worry, we still have plenty of images of other solar eclipses to take a close look at. (Our collage above, made from Bigstock's own collection, is an homage to artist Penelope Umbrico's amazing "Suns" image.)
Places & Times To See The Solar Eclipse
Those benefiting the most from this galactic event, visually speaking, will be those living in Asia and the Pacific region, though even some parts of North America will be able to take a look, as long as they do so carefully (more on that below). Here's an image of North America, detailing the "How Much," "When" and "Where" the solar eclipse will occur.
How To View The Solar Eclipse, Safely
To safely witness the solar eclipse, an observer can purchase designated filters to fit over their telescopes, or No. 14 welder’s glass to wear over the eyes. There are some other ways of viewing an eclipse, like creating a Pinhole Projector.
Another safe bet is to project the Solar Eclipse - using a telescope or one-half of binoculars - onto a shaded white piece of cardboard. This way, you'll safely be projecting a magnified image of the eclipse's "Ring of Fire," the sun's portions not blocked by the moon. The resulting image is safe to view and can even be photographed. So, go crazy, but just don't look through the other end of the telescopic device. That would be bad. Very bad.
Of course, the absolute safest way to see one is to check out our collection of Solar Eclipse Photos. All of us at Bigstock wish you a Happy & Safe Solar Eclipse Weekend!