Eclipse of the Decade Will Form a ‘Ring of Fire’ in the Sky on June 21, 2020

June 17, 2020

Less than nine hours after June’s solstice, the new moon will appear before sweeping directly in front of the Sun on June 21, forming the most impressive “ring of fire” annular solar eclipse of the decade.

On Sunday, June 21, the eclipse will begin at sunrise in the Republic of the Congo and travel northwest across central Africa, the Red Sea, the Middle East, the Gulf of Oman, Pakistan, and India.

It will then travel east and then southeast across China, Taiwan, the Philippine Sea, and south of Guam, ending at sunset over the North Pacific Ocean.

Sadly, the annular eclipse will not be visible for those in North America.

n annular eclipse is a solar eclipse where the Moon passes directly in front of the Sun but does not cover it completely, creating the appearance of a glowing halo around the Moon, though often for only a minute or so.

This special effect occurs either when the Moon is at its furthest point from Earth along its elliptical orbit, making it appear smaller, or when Earth is closer to the Sun along its orbit, making it appear larger than usual, Astronomy explains.

There are two eclipse seasons each year, each lasting for about a month or so—last year featured a “Christmas eclipse” on Dec. 26 in the Middle East and parts of Southeast Asia. However, unlike most eclipse seasons where there are typically only two eclipses, June and July of 2020 will feature three.

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