Solar Eclipse 2012

Contest Info

  • Started: 5/22/2012 05:00
  • Ended: 5/25/2012 17:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 22
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
  • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
Solar Eclipse 2012
Contest Directions: Millions of people across a narrow strip of eastern Asia and the western United States turned their sights skyward for the annular eclipse, in which the moon passes in front of the sun leaving only a golden ring around its edges. The rare lunar-solar alignment was visible in Asia early Monday before it moved across the Pacific and the international dateline where it was seen in parts of the western United States late Sunday afternoon.
Ancient Chinese believed total eclipse happened when a giant dragon ate the sun. They performed the special rituals to chase the dragon and make him release the Sun. Ancient Vikings legend says the two chasing wolves, Skoll and Hati, were to blame for making the sun disappear from the sky.
Photoshop solar eclipse any way you wish. Some examples are: Show how companies can use solar eclipse for commercial purposes - advertising their brands and products, show how politicians / political parties may use solar eclipse to increase their ratings. Feel free to create advertisements / billboards / magazine covers for the above. Solar eclipse in movies, paintings, and album covers, etc. Either partial or total solar eclipses are acceptable in the entries.

Contest Info

    • Started: 5/22/2012 05:00
    • Ended: 5/25/2012 17:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 22
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $5
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $3
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $2
    • FN Advanced 4th Place $1
This gallery only contains our top 18 selections from its parent contest Solar Eclipse. All 22 contest pictures can be viewed here.
  • Barack Obama Wearing Made in China Eclipse Glasses

    Barack Obama Wearing Made in China Eclipse Glasses
  • Fighter Planes Shooting an Alien Ship

    Fighter Planes Shooting an Alien Ship
  • Man Watching an Eclipse

    Man Watching an Eclipse
  • American President Eclipses

    American President Eclipses
  • Twilight Eclipse of Love

    Twilight Eclipse of Love
  • Death Star Eclipse of the Sun

    Death Star Eclipse of the Sun
  • Mitt Romney Hailing the Eclipse as a Sign

    Mitt Romney Hailing the Eclipse as a Sign
  • Coke Polar Bears Watching an Eclipse

    Coke Polar Bears Watching an Eclipse
  • Solar Eclipse Eye of the Tiger in Africa

    Solar Eclipse Eye of the Tiger in Africa
  • Wolf Howling at an Eclipse

    Wolf Howling at an Eclipse
  • Lion Jumping Through an Eclipse

    Lion Jumping Through an Eclipse
  • Man Hanging Off a Speeding Solar Car

    Man Hanging Off a Speeding Solar Car
  • Barack Obama Eclipse

    Barack Obama Eclipse
  • Illuminati Eclipse

    Illuminati Eclipse
  • Sun Block for an Eclipse

    Sun Block for an Eclipse
  • Solar Eclipse Hotplate

    Solar Eclipse Hotplate
  • Chocolate Bar Eclipse

    Chocolate Bar Eclipse
  • Solar Eclipse in Egypt

    Solar Eclipse in Egypt
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This contest is fueled by the following news: Solar Eclipse is magnificent in its beauty and as a celestial phenomenon that everyone wishes to behold. But scientists are interested in it more than anyone observing this process helps to collect a lot of interesting and important data, there's a real "hunt" for this information, the scientific world organizes special expeditions for each of these events and many ordinary people buy tickets to faraway countries in order to see a few minutes of darkness in broad daylight. It is necessary to debunk one highly popular delusion that solar eclipses are not as rare as it might seem. Every year one can observe at least two eclipses, sometimes their amount reaches the maximum number five eclipses per year. But if solar eclipses happen so often, why then do scientists and amateurs "hunt" for them, going to the edge of the world? This can be explained very simply, however it is first important to understand what is the nature of solar eclipses. A very unique situation that has no place anywhere else in Solar System has emerged on Earth: The Sun and the Moon have the same visible sizes. Somehow, the Sun with its diameter exceeding 400 times the diameter of the Moon (1392 000km against 3476 km) is located 390 times further from us than the Moon. Thereby, from the Earth it looks like the Sun and the Moon have the same diameter. This equality of the apparent sizes of the celestial bodies and also the fact that their visible orbits are located in one and the same plane made solar eclipses possible. During this event the Moon, the Sun and the Earth are located in one and the same plane, and the shadow of our satellite slides (at speed of 1 km/sec) on the surface of the planet. It is the area of the moon shadow in which we can observe such a spectacular, full of scientific data. It is true that up to five solar eclipses are possible within one year, however there is one interesting peculiarity: there are three kinds of eclipses each of them being more or less frequent. The most beautiful and interesting are total solar eclipses, when the Moon blocks the Sun completely thus creating a shining crown. During partial eclipses the Moon covers only a part of the Sun, which sometimes can be pretty small. During annular eclipses one can see a bright ring behind the Moon's disk the Moon in this case looks smaller and does not fully obscure the Sun's disk. Now it is easy to understand why eclipses are worth going to faraway countries to be observed. The fact of the matter is that the majority of solar eclipses are partial, and sometimes they do not represent any interest at all. The truth is, during such an eclipse the Moon blocks only one part of the Sun, which sometimes is not enough to make it darken. What's interesting is in most cases we are not capable of seeing a partial eclipse. And only those who know about the coming eclipse will look into the sky and will possibly see a little spot on the Sun's disk. Although, annular eclipses are less common, they are not very spectacular and less interesting from a scientific point of view. Total eclipses on the contrary, are more frequent than annular eclipses, almost every man on Earth is interested in them. It is this kind of eclipse that make people organise expeditions in order to observe this phenomenon, both scientists and ordinary people hope for good weather. However, this is not the only reason why solar eclipses are so rare. These celestial spectacles can be witnessed from different parts of the world, and very often the shadow of the Moon passes over places not available to people. Solar eclipse "hunters" climb mountains and sail to uninhabited islands, make their way through the jungle and suffer from heat in deserts. But difficulties do not stop these people rare solar eclipses are worth it. Staying in one place one can observe about two hundred eclipses in one thousand years, from which only four or five would be total eclipses. Therefore, before arguing about the rarity of solar eclipses it is important to clarify which kind of solar eclipses are being discussed. The annular solar eclipse that took place on May 20, 2012 is the 58th eclipse of 128th Saroc. The best place to view it is the Middle latitudes of the Northern hemisphere. Solar eclipse reach their maximum at coordinates 49.1 N, 176.3 E and lasts 5 minutes 46 seconds at the most, the width of the Moon's shadow on the surface of the Earth is 237 kilometres. At the moment and at the point of total eclipse the direction at the Sun (azimuth) is171, and the height of the Sun above the horizon is 61. Terrestrial Dynamical Time at the instant of greatest eclipse: 23:53:54, with 63 seconds correction. The axis of the shadow travels between the centre of the Earth and the North Pole, the minimum distance from the centre of the Earth to the axis of the Moon's shadow cone is 3079 kilometres. Thereby, the Gamma of the eclipse is equal to 0.4828, and the maximum phase reaches 0.9439. The number of lunar month: 153 (153 synodic months have passed with January 6, 2000 taken as zero date point).
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