Coinciding with Father’s Day 2020 on June 21, you can witness a rare annular solar eclipse dubbed as the “Ring of Fire.”
The “Ring of Fire” happens when the Moon is either too far from the Earth or the Earth is too close to the Sun for the Moon to cover it entirely.
The solar eclipse will take place on a narrow “path of annularity” across Africa and Asia. It won’t be visible in North America as it will happen during nighttime on that side of the world.
The eclipse path will start in central Africa at sunrise in the Republic of the Congo, west of the Ubangi River.
Then, it will “travel” northeast through parts of the Congo, and it will be visible as a higher-in-the-sky spectacle in the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, the Red Sea, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Oman, the Gulf of Oman, Pakistan, India, Tibet, China, and Taiwan.
Observers will be able to spot a ring around the sun for a maximum of about one minute.
If you are lucky enough to live in the regions that will witness the annual eclipse, make sure you wear proper eye protection, glasses designed for viewing eclipses, as looking directly at an eclipse could cause eye damage.
Watch a clip of this amazing phenomenon.
The months of June and July cover the eclipse season and this lasts for over a month. These seasons happen about six months apart from each other, and as the nodes move or “regress”, they happen earlier each year by 19 days.
In 2020, the midpoints of the seasons are in June and December.
This month, the Moon will turn new less than nine hours after the June 20 solstice and will sweep in front of the Sun on June 21, creating a spectacular ring of fire solar eclipse.
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