An annular solar eclipse will appear in the sky tomorrow, October 14, creating a unique spectacle and a rare opportunity for scientists.
This phenomenon is called the Ring of Fire because bright sunlight forms a glowing ring around the dark moon.
Those in the path of the annular eclipse will experience different phases of the event. First, when the moon begins to pass in front of the sun, it will cause a partial eclipse in the form of a crescent.
Create a ring of fire
An hour and 20 minutes after the partial eclipse begins, the moon will move directly in front of the sun, forming a ring of fire. Depending on a person’s location along the route, this stage will last from one to five minutes.
During an annular eclipse, the sky will become darker, although not as dark as during a total solar eclipse, when all sunlight is blocked. Animals may behave as dusk and the air may be cooler, according to NASA.
The Moon will continue its journey across the Sun for another hour and 20 minutes, causing another partial eclipse, before the Moon disappears from view.
Back in 2046
While a total solar eclipse is expected to occur in April 2024, this weekend’s eclipse is extremely rare, and the next one is not expected to occur until 2046.
“The next annular eclipse we’ll see in this part of the country will be in 2046,” the NASA official said. “It will be a long time before we see this phenomenon again, so we really encourage people to get out there and observe safely.” Kelly Couric.
To attend this wonderful event, you will need some basic preparations and available equipment. If you’re lucky enough to be in an area where the eclipse can be seen, you can join the ranks of skywatchers admiring this cosmic wonder.
Where it will be visible
The “Ring of Fire” eclipse will be visible across North, Central and South America. NASA plans to broadcast the event live from locations including Albuquerque, New Mexico, Kirbyville, Texas, and White Sands, New Mexico.
For the best viewing experience, NASA has created an interactive eclipse tracker that provides details on the best locations to view the event.
Unfortunately for the Greeks, the annular solar eclipse will not be visible from our country.
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