Ring of fire will rise in the sky: Where and when to observe an unusual solar eclipse?

Author : News Agency

Source : 112 Ukraine

A rare astronomical phenomenon will occur on the longest day of the year
08:50, 21 June 2020

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The next solar eclipse will be the first one this year. It will take place on June 21 - the longest day of 2020.

On June 21, the Moon will partially obscure the Sun, so only its edges will be visible. This astronomical phenomenon is called an annular solar eclipse and is considered quite rare.


What is its peculiarity?

As ScienceAlert explains, an annular solar eclipse happens when the Moon is farthest away from Earth in its orbit, and therefore appears smaller in our skies relative to the Sun.

That small difference in apparent size is what sets annular eclipses apart from full solar eclipses when the closer position of the Moon (with its average radius of 1,800 kilometers or 1,000 miles) makes it appear to be the same size as our far larger star, which has a radius of around 696,000 kilometers (432,000 miles).

Who will be able to see it and when?

Residents of Central Africa and Asia will be able to see the full ring of fire starting at 6:45 (Kyiv time). The maximum phase will be observed in northern India.

Elsewhere in the world, from southeastern Europe to northern Australia, the eclipse will be only partially visible.

At the peak of the eclipse, the Moon will obscure 99.4% of the Sun's area. In any case, it can be observed only in clear weather.

In Ukraine too?
Yes, but partially. It will take place in the morning, at 9:40 Kyiv time.

Online broadcast

The ring of the solar eclipse will be broadcast live by Time and Date. It starts at 8:00 Kyiv time.

And National Astronomical Observatory of Japan.

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