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The Path of Annularity

September 20th, 2011 by John Mansfield

Where will you be on Sunday afternoon, May 20, 2012?


eclipse track

An annular eclipse will start the morning along the south China coast, then southern Japan. In the afternoon, the eclipse’s central line crosses California north of Eureka and Redding, then from Pyramid lake to Pioche in Nevada, southern-most western Utah and northern-most eastern Arizona. Approaching sunset it reaches Albuquerque, New Mexico, and ends the day at Lubbock, Texas.

I am thinking of waiting for it on Troy Peak in the Grant Range in eastern Nevada. Troy Peak stands at 11,298 ft with the Railroad Vally under 5,000 ft to its west and 20 miles between it and the next range. I read once an observer’s description from atop one of Washington state’s high mountains of a total eclipse. She wrote of a black wall sweeping across the land toward her at twice the speed of sound. It had a familiar, terrifying ring to it. “A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them. The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array. Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness.”

An annular eclipse won’t be dramatic like that, but I’d like to take in what I can.

A collection of track maps and cloud forecasts: link.
Path coordinates and times: link.

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Vader
September 21, 2011

Where will I be?

On the evidence, ditching Choir Practice for something more interesting.


John Mansfield
September 21, 2011

Yep, that’s the reason for putting this out there eight months ahead of the event. It would be terrible to commit to talk in stake priesthood meeting or something and then learn of this. I’ve been thinking about this the past three years. Anyone else who would care about it more than a year out would have already known, but how much anticipation would be useful to others? I didn’t feel like waiting any longer.


Adam G.
September 21, 2011

Watching it from a mountain-top sounds like fun. Maybe we should make this an official JG sponsored event.


Vader
September 21, 2011

I’m already committed to viewing it from Chaco Canyon with a couple of evildoer friends. Y’all would be right at home.

Chaco Canyon always makes me nostalgic for home …


Bookslinger
September 21, 2011

I’ve read about the Mayan thing, but did Nostradamus have anything to say about 2012?


John Mansfield
September 22, 2011

Do we want to appoint JG-designated observation points? Or just promote the 2012 Junior Ganymede Solar Eclipse as something under whose shadow everyone ought to bask? Is bask the right word? Cower?


Adam G.
September 22, 2011

The first by me, but failing that, yes, we should encourage the heathen to make awful obesiance to their idol gods.


Vader
September 22, 2011

I am basking in the happy thought of the local pagans leaping upon the altars they have made, and with knives and lancets cutting themselves after the manner. Great fun.


John Mansfield
September 22, 2011

Those sound like points in favor of JG-designated observation points. Citadels of sanity safe from the heathen and/or plywood monolith-surrounding 2001 fans.


Bookslinger
September 22, 2011

Flying somewhere just to see an eclipse?
You’re so vain.
You probably think this post is about you.

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