The “OMG Space Is Cool” club came over to my desk and announced that we are going to have a contest and that I’d better tell all of you about it or I would get shipped straight to space sans helmet. So, we’re having a contest! Yay for contests!
This Sunday, the western US will get to witness an annular eclipse. All you have to do is take a photo of it and share that photo with us over on Facebook or Twitter using the #thiseclipseisawesome and you’ll get a $5-off coupon. That’s fairly simple and straight-forward. Get your camera. Go outside. Take a photo of the moon passing in front of the sun. Send that photo to us over on Facebook or Twitter. Get a coupon for $5 off your next purchase at Beach Camera. And, if you’re not in the area of the eclipse, feel free to chime in here and point out your favorite photos.
Remember, though, to check your camera’s manual for information on what kind of protections might be needed to get a photo of the eclipse. Also, looking directly into the sun — even during an eclipse — with the naked Mark I Human Eyeball is not recommended.
We’ll make an image gallery on Facebook and over at Pinterest of all of the photos we get of this event and let our friends vote on them so stay tuned for more information on that.
Some of you might be wondering what an annular eclipse is (I know I had to get the Geek in Chief to explain it to me a few times before I realized it wasn’t a misspelling of “annual”). An annular eclipse is when the moon passes directly in front of the sun but does not completely cover the sun’s disk. Instead, you get a really cool ring of fire around a big shadowy circle. Since the eclipse will be happening in the western US during the sunset hours, this should look very, very awesome. C|Net has an article with plenty of information on this event as well as a map showing where the eclipse will be the most visible in case any of you are planning to be in those regions on Sunday evening.
— da Bird