Annular solar eclipse

By Gloria Y. - Last updated: 火曜日, 5月 22, 2012 - Save & Share - One Comment

The eclipse viewed in Utsunomiya

Annular solar eclipse wowed millions of people in Japan on May 21, 2012.

My neighbors and my family also witnessed this rare event together in Utsunomiya, Tochigi.
The eclipse started at 6:30 AM here in Utsunomiya. Although my family and I were busy getting ready for kindergarten and work at that time, we cheked the sun from the window every five minute. The sun seemed to start waning like the moon. My yonger son insisted that it was not the sun, but the moon!

At around 7:00 AM, my neighbors and my family came outside with the special sunglasses. The more part of the sun got covered by the moon, the gloomier and colder it got.
The golden ring continued from 7:34 to 7:39. It amazed us all!

The style of the eclipse boy - Kids left for school right after viewing the eclipse!

The news said that the thick cloud prevented many people from viewing this special event in various parts of Japan. Fortunately, my neighborhood observed littld cloud. 

The next annular solar eclipse will be observed only in Hokkaido on June 1, 2030.


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One Response to “Annular solar eclipse”

Comment from stacy
Time 18/08/2012 at 00:03

Hi. I’ve been trolling the net looking for info about kindergartens/preschools in Utsunomiya in English. I came across this article and photo. This is a long shot, but if you are an English speaking mom with a kid in kindy here in town, I’d love to know about your experience. I am presently trying to decide which kindergarten to enrol my son in and language is presenting itself as a barrier already – I don’t read Japanese. Stacy

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