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Flag for China May 21, 2012 — Annular Solar Eclipse — Shantou, Guangdong, China

Max view in Shantou
Monday, May 21, 2012 at 6:09 AM

Global Type: Annular Solar Eclipse

Shantou: Annular Solar Eclipse

Began: Mon, May 21, 2012 at 5:07 AM

Maximum: Mon, May 21, 2012 at 6:09 AM

Ended: Mon, May 21, 2012 at 7:18 AM

Duration: 2 hours, 11 minutes


May 21, 2012 — Annular Solar Eclipse — Shantou

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This annular solar eclipse was fully visible in Shantou. Observers there could experience the “ring of fire” that is characteristic for this kind of solar eclipse. This was a rare and spectacular event that could only be experienced along a relatively narrow strip on the Earth's surface. The eclipse was also visible in other areas, but the Moon did not move centrally in front of the Sun there and the “ring of fire” was not visible.

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Phases and local times of this eclipse

5:29 AM May 216:09 AM May 217:18 AM May 21
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Local times for eclipse in Shantou on Monday, May 21, 2012

EventTime in ShantouDirectionAltitudeLooks likeComments
Partial Eclipse beginsMay 21 at 5:07 AM65°East-northeast5.4° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
SunriseMay 21 at 5:29 AM68°East-northeast0.2° belowNot directly visibleBelow horizon
Full Eclipse beginsMay 21 at 6:07 AM68°East-northeast0.2° below
The Annular phase starts
Since the Sun is near the horizon at this time, we recommend going to a high point or finding an unobstructed area with free sight to East-northeast for the best view of the eclipse.
Maximum EclipseMay 21 at 6:09 AM71°East-northeast7.8°
Moon is closest to the center of the Sun.
Sun close to horizon, so make sure you have free sight to East-northeast.
Full Eclipse endsMay 21 at 6:10 AM71°East-northeast8.2°
The Annular phase ends.
Sun close to horizon, so make sure you have free sight to East-northeast.
Partial Eclipse endsMay 21 at 7:18 AM77°East-northeast23.1°
The Moon leaves the Sun's edge.
Times are local for Shantou (CST – China Standard Time).

This eclipse is in progress during sunrise or sunset, so the Sun is displayed only partly in some phases, according to its altitude below the horizon. The animation's bottom edge represents an ideal, flat horizon, which is at the same altitude as the observer.

Eclipses visible in Shantou

Eclipse Visibility from ShantouVisibility Worldwide
YearDateTypeDegreeLooks likeMax degreePath of the eclipse
2010Jan 15SolarPartial
2010Jun 26LunarPartial
2010Dec 21LunarPartial
2011Jun 16LunarTotal
2011Dec 10 / Dec 11LunarTotal
2012May 21SolarAnnular
2012Jun 4LunarPartial
2012Nov 28 / Nov 29LunarPenumbral
2013Apr 26LunarPartial
2013Oct 19LunarPenumbral
2014Oct 8LunarTotal
2015Apr 4LunarTotal
2016Mar 9SolarPartial
2016Mar 23LunarPenumbral
2016Sep 17LunarPenumbral
2017Feb 11LunarPenumbral
2017Aug 7 / Aug 8LunarPartial
2018Jan 31 / Feb 1LunarTotal
2018Jul 28LunarTotal
2019Jul 17LunarPartial
2019Dec 26SolarPartial
Note: Click on the date link for details in Shantou, or the path map image for global details. Currently shown eclipse is highlighted.

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