Ring of fire: Millions to witness the burning moon of an 'annular' eclipse on Sunday - RiseEarth

Ring of fire: Millions to witness the burning moon of an 'annular' eclipse on Sunday



Millions of people in the western United States and Asia will watch the sun turn into a 'ring of fire' this weekend.

Shadows on the ground will also turn into crescents and 'rings' of light as moon covers as much as 94% of the sun this Sunday.

'Because some of the sun is always exposed during the eclipse, ambient daylight won't seem much different than usual. Instead, the event will reveal itself in the shadows. Look on the ground beneath leafy trees for crescent-shaped sunbeams and rings of light,' says Nasa.

Shadows on the ground will also turn into crescents and 'rings' of light as moon covers as much as 94% of the sun this Sunday



'Near the center-line of the eclipse, observers will experience something special: the ring of fire,' say Nasa experts. 'As the Moon crosses the sun dead-center, a circular strip or annulus of sunlight will completely surround the dark lunar disk. Visually, the sun has a big black hole in the middle.'

The event is an annular solar eclipse. It occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun, blocking everything but a bright ring of light.

Early risers in parts of China, Taiwan and Japan may catch a glimpse, weather permitting, around dawn on Monday.

The eclipse will be visible Sunday afternoon over parts of Oregon, Northern California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

Much of the rest of the country will see a partial solar eclipse, but the East Coast will miss out. Some three dozen national parks in the eclipse path are planning special events.

The eclipse will be visible Sunday afternoon over parts of Oregon, Northern California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas


A 'strip' around 200 miles wide will be able to see the 'ring of fire' effect


A Chinese couple watches the solar eclipse over Zhengzhou, in the country's central Henan province


The skies over Hongdao, China, where the spectacular 'ring of fire' could be seen. The eclipse was annular, meaning the Moon blocked most of the Sun's middle


This type of solar eclipse has not been visible in the U.S. since 1994.
Source: DailyMail

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