The solar eclipse “Ring of Fire” should clear (most) of the sun this weekend


The photographer Kristen M Caldon has captured this sequence of solar eclipse, annular in the Grand Canyon national park in 2012. Kristen M. Caldon / NPS / Grand Canyon national Park

The first of the two solar eclipses for the year, will transform the sun into a “ring of fire” light on June 21 (or June 20th depending on your location). Those located along a narrow band in the world will have the chance to see the rare solar eclipse first-hand.

A solar eclipse annular occurs when the moon is too far away for us to completely hide the sun, leaving a circle of brightness around the moon. This is how he gets the nickname poetics of the “ring of fire”.

The annular eclipse is visible from parts of Africa and Asia. “A narrow band ranging from Africa to the Pacific ocean will see the Moon before the Sun (blocking 99.4% of the Sun’s zenith in the north of India), so that only a bright ring is visible,” said NASA in an update of Skywatching for June.

The time and date you can enter the details of your region, and tell you if you are in line for the full eclipse, a partial eclipse, or no eclipse at all. A Web site from NASA also shows the path of the eclipse on an interactive map and allows you to zoom in to find a place of visualization.

Even if you’re not in the right geographic location to catch the eclipse in person, you may be in luck thanks to the Virtual Telescope Project, which relays live events celestial notables. Fans of Eclipse in the United States will be up later. The telescope project virtual will begin its coverage at 22: 30. PT on Saturday evening.

The National Observatory of Astronomy of Japan will offer a livestream in japanese, with its view of a partial eclipse from 23: 45. PT Saturday.

This will not be the only eclipse of the year. A total solar eclipse is scheduled for 14 December for the viewers of some parts of South America.

Watching online is not the same thing as being there, but it is always the opportunity to contemplate the wonders of the sun and the moon, and our place in the solar system.


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