The sun is about to turn into a “ring of fire.”
On June 21st, the Moon will pass directly in front of the sun, producing an annular solar eclipse over Earth’s eastern hemisphere.
Annular eclipses are not total. Only about 99% of the solar disk will be covered. The remainder juts out around the Moon, creating a “ring of fire.”
The narrow path of annularity stretches from east Africa to the Pacific Ocean, with greatest coverage occurring over the Himalaya of northern India at 06:41 UT.
You remember the last ‘Ring of Fire’ eclipse? As the Sun began rising above the horizon, the the sun looked like a devil rising from the waters:
Graphic artist Larry Koehn created this animated preview for tomorrow’s eclipse:
A partial eclipse, in which a smaller fraction of the sun is covered, can be seen across a much wider area including parts of Europe, the Middle East, India, almost all of Asia, and northernmost Australia.
Observers, be careful! A partially eclipsed sun is still dangerously bright and should not be looked at through magnifying optics. Try projection techniques instead.
Because annular eclipses are not, technically, total, they are sometimes considered to be lesser events.
Decide for yourself … after watching this video of an annular eclipse at sunrise over western Australia on May 10, 2013:
Best webcasts to follow the solar eclipse LIVE
If you are not living or able to travel because of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may want to watch the eclipse thanks to the following webcasts: