“Ring of Fire” to appear over South Africa

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The appearance of an impressive annular eclipse is slated to take place later this month, Sunday the 26th, in the southern half of the world. The eclipse is scheduled to appear west of Southern Chile, with the best viewings possible from Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Zambia.

An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon positions itself between the Earth and the Sun, obscuring all of the solar disc save the outer ring (the annulus), which is then visible from Earth. Due to the position of the Moon and Earth on the ecliptic (the Earth’s path around the Sun), varying degrees of eclipse completion may occur. While the Sun is obscured, viewing with the naked eye still holds the potential to do retinal and corneal damage, and as such special filtered lenses are still required.

You can find a video of the eclipse’s path here, along with safety tips for future solar eclipse viewings.

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One thought on ““Ring of Fire” to appear over South Africa

  1. I think annular eclipses are so beautiful – do you know when the next one in the US will be? In case you didn’t know, there will be a total solar eclipse visible in Nashville on August 21st! — your TA

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