“Ring Of Fire” Solar Eclipse Expected This Month

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Sunday, June 21, 2020, people across Africa, the Middle East, India, and China are going to be able to witness the shortest and deepest annular solar eclipse of 2020. It’s a special kind of partial solar eclipse where the moon doesn’t block out the sun completely therefore, looks like a floating ring in the sky. It occurs when a new moon is furthest away from Earth on its elliptical orbit — basically the opposite of a “supermoon” — which is why it doesn’t cover the sun’s disk completely. Solar eclipse glasses must be worn at all times to avoid potential blindness, so it can be a dangerous event if you’re not prepared with the proper gear.

The “ring of fire” will be visible at sunrise in the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, then as a higher-in-the-sky spectacle in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Yemen, Oman, Pakistan, India, Tibet, China, and Taiwan.

The next “ring of fire” annular solar eclipse is coming to North America on June 10, 2021 will be visible at sunrise from northern Ontario and northern Quebec as well as places in Greenland and Russia.

With 99% of the sun blocked, it might even be possible to glimpse the suns outer atmosphere called the “corona,” which is a white-hot layer that is usually impossible to see. The eclipse will only last for one minute.

For a look at the last “ring of fire” eclipse, check out the video below.