Summer solstice is almost here with an unusual celestial phenomenon. The very first solar eclipse of this decade assures to generate an exceptional “ring of fire”.
On June 20-21, individuals in specific areas of the Eastern Hemisphere will be able to sight the eclipse. People in the remaining parts of the world can view the whole spectacle through the internet.
A total solar eclipse appears when the moon passes straight between the Earth and the sun, totally obstructing the sun’s light. In the course of an annular solar eclipse, the moon does not entirely conceal the sun as it passes thus leaving a shining ring of sunlight noticeable.
As per NASA, an annular eclipse can only take place under particular conditions. The moon should be in its first lunar phase, and it also should be farther away from Earth on its elliptical orbit, emerging to be smaller in the sky than it normally would.
In view of the fact that the moon emerges to be smaller in these conditions, it cannot completely obstruct the sun, thus, making a ring known as “ring of fire” or “ring of light.”
As stated by NASA, the bright spectacle will be apparent only if the weather allows through a path that begins with sunrise in Africa and moves through areas of Asia before concluding at sunset over the Pacific Ocean. In this course of time, the moon will be covering 99.4% of the sun to display an exceptional orange ring.
A partial eclipse will also be evident over larger parts of Africa, Europe, and Asia. A NASA interactive map also allows users to trace the path. Also, observing the sun during an eclipse can be harmful and can harm eyes so it is essential to wear proper eye protection gear like solar eclipse glasses.
Besides, the subsequent solar eclipse of 2020 won’t happen until December 14.