We will be able to observe the solar eclipse in Japan on May 21st (Mon.) for the first time in 25 years.
National Institutes of Natural Sciences states “Solar Eclipse” is that the Sun is hidden partially or totally by the Moon because the Moon crosses in front of the Sun” and it is called annular eclipse because it looks like a golden ring.
We can spot this golden ring from many parts of Japan, the Southern Kyushu, Shikoku, Kinki, Chubu, and Kanto area.
This is where this free iOS app “Annular Solar Eclipse 2012″ by AstroArts comes into play which uses an AR (augmented reality) technology. With this app, you will be able to find the path of the sun using your iPhone camera without any specific knowledge.
• Displays the path, each contact time, maximum eclipse time and its position.
• List of each contact time and the maximum eclipse time. It also shows the appearance of the sun on those times.
• Shows each eclipse time and a countdown feature for the maximum eclipse time.
Check the compatibility here.
Setting Observation spots using GPS and map view. It also shows the eclipse zone on the map.
Displays the path, each contact time, maximum eclipse time and its position on camera view.
List of each contact time and the maximum eclipse time. It also shows the appearance of the sun on those times.
Shows each eclipse time and a countdown feature for the maximum eclipse time, with a time interlocked image of the transforming sun.
Be really careful while observing!
Download from the “App Store“.
• Version：1.1.0（05.04.2012 released）
• Compatible models：iPhones（iPhone 3GS/4/4S)
• Compatible OS：iOS 4.3 or later（5.0 or later recommended）
The next central eclipse (annular solar eclipse / total eclipse) will be in June 1st 2030.
This is a must have app to make sure you don’t miss the show.
National Institutes of Natural Sciences：http://naojcamp.mtk.nao.ac.jp/phenomena/20120521/about-eclipse-en.html
Here’s another app if you’re interested.
2012 Annular Solar Eclipse Guide：http://itunes.apple.com/jp/app/2012jin-huan-ri-shigaido/id504266635?mt=8
Development：General Incorporated Foundation - Japan Weather Association