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Post by Dragon Sun Jun 21, 2020 1:51 am

Skywatchers along a narrow band from west Africa to the Arabian Peninsula, India and southern China will witness on Sunday a dramatic "ring of fire" solar eclipse.

So-called annular eclipses occur when the Moon—passing between Earth and the Sun—is not quite close enough to our planet to completely obscure sunlight, leaving a thin ring of the solar disc visible.

They happen every year or two, and can only been seen from a narrow pathway across the planet.

Were the Moon just a wee bit closer -– 379,100 rather than 381,500 kilometres away -– Earthlings would be treated to a total blackout, visible at a given spot on our planet about every 400 years.

Remarkably, the eclipse Sunday arrives on the northern hemisphere's longest day of the year—the summer solstice—when Earth's north pole is tilted most directly towards the Sun.

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The "ring of fire" will first be seen in northeastern Republic of Congo at 5:56 local time (04:56 GMT) just a few minutes after sunrise.

This is the point of maximum duration, with the blackout lasting 1 minute and 22 seconds.

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(Image: © NASA/Hinode/XRT)

On Jan. 4, 2011, the Hinode satellite captured these breathtaking images of an annular solar eclipse.

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