North Boulder Run Photos + May 20 Solar Eclipse Info for Boulder, CO

Boulder May 10, 2012 –   I only saw the “supermoon” peek through the clouds on the weekend, but didn’t see it rising.   Couldn’t sleep Friday night, though.

After summer-like hot days, a couple very cool days with rain, it is lovely warm and sunny again.   This morning I took a couple photos on a run around Wonderland Lake:

Panoramic – with quickly-shrinking Wonderland “Lake” on left, and the ‘Flatirons’ (the mountains that give Boulder its striking backdrop) to the far right.

From a higher spot in North Boulder, looking South: behind the trees on the left is ‘downtown Boulder’; to the right: the majestic Colorado Front Range:

The rocks that stick out, the flat-iron-like “Flatirons” are made of conglomerate sandstone, estimated to be 290-296 million years old, and geologists think they were lifted and tilted into their present orientation between 35 and 80 million years ago. May I say, ‘In the present of ancients’…

Moon over North Boulder. Thursday, May 10, 2012. 8:30 am

The moon is waning…  The New Moon on May 20, 2012, will be a solar eclipse.

For much more details about this ‘annular solar eclipse‘, see my previous blogpost: ‘Annular Solar Eclipse on May 20 w/ View Path Map – Japan in Eclipse Path – Heightened Earthquake Danger?‘, which includes detailed global view maps, including for Japan.

Here in Boulder it will be a really nice ‘partial eclipse’: a big bite (85.2 % !) out of the sun, which starts at 6:22 pm as the moon starts moving in front of the sun.  Maximum eclipse for Boulder is at 7:29 pm and 32.1 seconds local time. {Basically 7:30pm ;-) }  It will be noticeably (and strangely, I expect) darker, even to the unaware.  Sunset is at 7:50pm, so being a bit out east to not have the mountains block your view might be a good idea, as the sun will set while still partially eclipsed.   To protect your eyes, there’s special viewing gear, but looking at partial eclipses in the past, I’ve found looking through a CD, or a couple if that’s still too bright, works just fine too.

  • Check out this  Solar Eclipse NASA – Google Maps page, for when the eclipse starts at a given location, when the eclipse is at maximum, how high the sun is, its direction, and the maximum percentage covered.  Given times are in UT; see http://www.worldtimezone.com/for conversions:

    The area between the blue lines in the Four Corners area shows where the full ‘annular’ eclipse will be visible, with the red line where it will last the longest.  Elsewhere it is partial (80-90%)   CLICK IMAGE for access to: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle2001/SE2012May20Agoogle.html

  • And on the other side of the lake, on the trail: the mellow couple geese on Wonderland now have lovely goslings:

North Boulder Geese with Goslings. ;-)

All images by © Michaël Van Broekhoven. Boulder, May 2012.

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