Rare ‘Ring of Fire’ eclipse will dim the Earth on Sunday. People across the world from Africa to Asia will witness the solar eclipse.
An annular eclipse occurs when the Moon – passing between the Earth and the Sun – is not close enough to our planet Earth to obscure completely the sunlight, leaving a visible thin ring of the solar disc.
Such eclipse only happens once or twice in a year, and can only be seen from a distant pathway across the planet.
Sunday’s eclipse will be occurring on the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere – the summer solstice- when Earth’s northern pole is pointed directly towards the Sun.
The “ring of fire” will first be seen in the northeastern Republic of Congo at 5:56 local time (04:56 GMT) just after a few minutes of sunrise.
This will black out the sky for almost 1 minute and 22 seconds.
Angled east across Asia and Africa, at 12:10 local time (6:40 GMT), it will reach ‘maximum eclipse’ – with a perfect solar halo around the Monday – over Uttarakhand, India near the Sino-Indian border.
The exact alignment of the Earth, Moon, and Sun will only be visible for only 38 seconds.
Florent Delefie, an astronomer and the Paris Observatory said,
“The annular eclipse is visible from about two percent of Earth surface,. It’s a bit like switching from a 500-watt to a 30-watt light bulb. It’s a cold light, and you don’t see as well.”