Here’s the reply from Siri when I asked what time the solar eclipse is.
Turns out this was wrong for my location.
Annular means the moon will be a bit smaller than the sun, so you should see a ring of fire.
While you can use a solar filtered telescope to look at the eclipse, Dr. Phillips points out that a simple and safe way to experience it is to crisscross your fingers waffle-style and view the projected rays of light on a surface below them, or stand under a tree to see ring-shaped sunbeams on the ground.
In a footnote he explains, “It’s only when sunlight passes through a small aperture that you the get the ‘pinhole effect’ necessary for solar imaging. Gaps in the leaves between trees or between interwoven human fingers are perfect for this purpose.” via pcworld.com
It was actually visible from 5:55 PM to 6:48 PM up in the Berkeley hills and we never got the ring effect, I believe due to our latitude. Perhaps the people up at Mt. Shasta saw the ring.
Something told me to bring my prized crystal skull, supposedly discovered in a secret room in a temple near Teotihuacan.
As you can see, when the eclipse hit the exact second of perfect alignment, my crystal skull glowed bright white.
It was a startling effect, very exciting. Perhaps I received a communication containing a 26,000 year plan from the Pleadies. 😉
According to one site, the2012scenario:
On May 20, 2012, a rare solar eclipse alignment will happen between the Earth, the Sun and, our central Sun, Alcyone in the Pleiades Constellation. It takes earth 26,000 years to travel around Alcyone.
“The Pyramid of the Sun outside Mexico City at Teotihuacan is said to be aligned with the Pleiades, for its west face and many of the surrounding streets were aligned directly with the setting point of the Pleiades on midnight of the night when it is at its highest point.
The Pleiades were clearly revered also by the Mayans, who in the area of Chichen Itza knew that the Sun casts a snake-like shadow on the side of the north stairway of the Kukulcan pyramid during the spring equinox.