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'Ring of Fire' Solar Eclipse And Summer Solstice Will Take Place On June 21 | Here's How You Can Watch The Eclipse

'Ring of Fire' Solar Eclipse And Summer Solstice Will Take Place On June 21 | Here's How You Can Watch The Eclipse

The annular solar eclipse is a kind of partial solar eclipse where the moon is farthest away from the Earth.

Skygazers will get a chance to see something rare this Sunday, on June 21, as an annular solar eclipse will be gracing our skies. A characteristic "ring of fire" will be visible, instead of the sun, as the moon will be passing between the Earth and the sun. It won't be close enough to our planet to completely obscure the sun's light. This solar eclipse occurs every year or two, and it can only be seen from a narrow pathway across the planet, according to the Guardian

This solar eclipse is also going to coincide with the summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. This takes place when Earth's north pole is tilted directly toward the sun. If you are an enthusiast and want to be able to see this eclipse, you will be in luck if you are in west Africa, the Arabian peninsula, India, and southern China.

This is also going to be the shortest and deepest annular solar eclipse of 2020, as per Travel + Leisure. It takes place when the moon is furthest away from Earth on its elliptical orbit. To ensure that your eyes are safe, wear Solar eclipse glasses to avoid the threat of blindness. It can be quite dangerous to see it without being prepared.

The entire sequence of the 2019 annular solar eclipse from start to finish | Source: Getty Images | Photo by Goh Keng Cheong

The moment the dramatic "ring of fire" becomes visible will be at the time of maximum eclipse. It will take place at 2:40 a.m. EDT (0640 GMT) Sunday, June 21, when the moon crosses into the center of the sphere of the sun, from Earth's perspective. It begins at 11:45 p.m. EDT Saturday, June 20 (0345 GMT Sunday) and ends at 5:34 a.m. EDT (1034 GMT) June 20, according to NASA. The eclipse is also set to happen a few hours after the moon enters the "new moon" phase. 

"The annular eclipse is visible from about 2% of the Earth’s surface," Florent Delefie, an astronomer and the Paris Observatory, told the Guardian. "It’s a bit like switching from a 500-watt to a 30-watt light bulb."

Being able to see it is also a matter of weather. "Good weather is the key to successful eclipse viewing," said the astrophysicist Fred Espenak. "Better to see a shorter eclipse from clear sky than a longer eclipse under clouds."

Source: Getty Images | Photo by NASA

The annular solar eclipse will be visible in these countries at sunrise: the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, then as a higher-in-the-sky spectacle in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Yemen, Oman, Pakistan, India, Tibet, China, and Taiwan. You can watch it online here.

It is also going to bring an energy shift as we delve deeper into ourselves during this period. Eclipses are considered to be catalysts of change, so if you are experiencing multiple emotions right about now, don't get scared by it. This is just going to help us prepare for the greater changes ahead, as per Universal Life Tools. The effects of this shift might be felt within us for a long time to come. 

You could experience a stronger pull towards spending some quality time with yourself. It is time for self-care and to rejoice and acknowledge yourself completely. You might find yourself wanting to spend more time at home and with your family. Either others will be making efforts to take care of you or you would be going the extra mile for your loved ones.

It's a beautiful time to just let the heart open and be vulnerable. You will feel accepted by the people who love you. 

Source: Getty Images | Photo by Getty Images

This is not the only solar eclipse this year but we will have to wait for another six months for the next one. It will take place over South America on December 14 but because the moon will be a bit closer to Earth it will be a complete solar eclipse. The moon will take less than 100 minutes to move across the continent.

References:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/jun/20/rare-ring-of-fire-solar-eclipse-to-cast-shadow-over-africa-and-asia
https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/space-astronomy/how-to-see-solstice-ring-of-fire-eclipse-sun
https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEplot/SEplot2001/SE2020Jun21A.GIF
https://www.universallifetools.com/2020/06/new-moon-solar-eclipse-june-2020/