A Rare "Ring of Fire" Solar Eclipse Will Be Visible This Weekend
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Since cinemas and Broadway have been closed for some time, you can see this year's best shows simply by looking up at the sky. From supermoons to meteor showers, the night sky was great entertainment. Another incredible heavenly event will occur this weekend: an annual solar eclipse "Ring of Fire".
What is this exactly? This type of solar eclipse occurs when a new moon is near its farthest point from Earth (called apogee) and forms a straight line with the Earth and the Sun - an event that occurs once a year. When the moon has peaked, it partially covers the sun. However, since the outer edge of the sun remains visible, the sunshine that appears around the moon creates a breathtaking fire ring effect. According to Forbes, the new moon will block a maximum of 99.4 percent of the sun this weekend, forming almost a total solar eclipse.
On Sunday June 21st, the ring-shaped solar eclipse will be visible in parts of Africa, Pakistan, India and China, according to timeandate.com. Sky watchers in this area can see the ring of fire. A partial solar eclipse is visible in southern and eastern Europe, as well as in northern Australia. Remember that the sun can burn your retina. So if you are personally watching the eclipse, be sure to wear suitable eye protection.
Would you like to watch the eclipse of the fire ring from home? Turn on this live stream this weekend. You won't want to miss it because the next circular solar eclipse will take place in June 2021.
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