This Weekend: First ‘Ring Of Fire’ Eclipse In 2020 To Occur

Credit: NASA

NEW YORK – If you were lucky enough to be in the path of totality for 2017’s solar eclipse, you know how spectacular they are, and it’s about to happen again, only a bit different.

Credit: NASA

First of all, nobody in the western hemisphere will have any view of it.

The celestial event will pass over Africa and China Sunday, with portions of Asia, Europe, and Australia getting partial views.

Also, it’s not a total eclipse. It’s known as an “annular eclipse,” commonly called a “ring of fire.”

These eclipses are very similar to total eclipses in that the moon passes directly in front of the sun.

But, when the moon is further away, it doesn’t block out the sun as completely, leaving a brighter ring visible around its edges.

This makes it dangerous to look at so star-gazers hoping to see it should use eclipse glasses or another safe viewing technique.

This eclipse is happening hours after the summer solstice. That event marks the start of summer in the northern hemisphere, and winter below the equator.

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