This film was recorded between 6:20 and 6:35 pm on May 20, 2012, using a consumer grade-HD Sony camera, filming through 3 pairs of sunglasses from the front of the Day For Night studio in the north San Fernando Valley, Southern California.
This event held special significance for American skywatchers: It marked the first time in 18 years that an annular solar eclipse could be seen from the United States. Such eclipses occur when the moon is too far away in its elliptical orbit to cover the sun's disk completely, as seen from Earth. As a result, a little ring of the sun remains visible around the moon's dark disk, even at the height of the eclipse. (The term "annular" comes from "annulus," a Latin word meaning "little ring.")
Music track: "Arcadia" by Eric Scott (Day For Night) from Day 096.04 (DVD)