The Ring of Fire eclipse will brighten the sky this weekend

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — This phenomenon is called annular solar eclipse. It occurs when the Moon is farthest from the Earth in its orbit and, therefore, appears smaller in our sky relative to the Sun.

A slight difference in apparent size is what distinguishes ring eclipses from total solar eclipses, when the closer position of the moon (with an average radius of 1800 kilometers) makes it the same size as our star, which has a radius of about 696,000 kilometers.

A stunning example of such an eclipse was captured by photographer Colin Legge and student astronomer Jeff Sims in Western Australia in May 2013.

This weekend, the full “ring of fire” will be visible from central Africa and Asia, starting at 03:45 UTC on June 21, 2020. In many other places, from southeastern Europe to northern Australia, a partial circular eclipse will occur.

A shadow moving in the image below indicates where at least a partial eclipse will be visible, and a moving point marks the population line — the path along which the annular eclipse will be seen for the longest.

NASA notes that you can be hundreds of kilometers from the totality line and still enjoy an incredible view – provided that the sky is clear enough, of course.

Several sites have scheduled live broadcasts so that we can all watch what is happening, including the Virtual Telescope project , which will begin broadcasting from 05:30 UTC on June 21, 2020.

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