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On May 21, 2012, an annular solar eclipse begins over southeast China and passes over Japan. When the eclipse crosses the International Date Line, the local date becomes May 20. The eclipse then enters the California/Oregon border, passes in the late afternoon over Nevada, Utah, Arizona, a corner of Colorado, New Mexico, and ends at sunset in Texas.
The "path of annularity" where this occurs is only about 200 miles wide,but it stretches almost halfway around the world passing many population centers en route:
Tokyo, Japan; Medford, Oregon; Chico, California; Reno, Nevada; Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Lubbock, Texas.
In those locations the ring of fire phenomenon will be visible for as much as 4 and a half minutes.