‘Ring of Fire’ Annular Solar Eclipse 2020: How, When And Where To See It

( The stargazing app Star Walk 2 will keep you abreast of the latest space news and events happening in the sky. )

What is a “ring of fire” annular solar eclipse?

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth. When this happens, the Moon fully or partially blocks the light of the Sun from reaching our planet and casts a shadow on Earth. There are four types of solar eclipses — total, partial, annular and hybrid.

When is June’s solar eclipse? What makes it special?

The annular solar eclipse on June 21, 2020, will last from 03:45 UTC to 09:34 UTC, with the maximum eclipse occurring at 06:40 UTC. Although annular eclipses are not rare phenomena — the last occurred on December 26, 2019, and the next will happen on June 10, 2021 — June’s eclipse is an extra special kind of annular eclipse. At maximum eclipse, that will last 38 seconds, over 99% of the Sun’s disk will be covered, creating a dramatic celestial spectacle. Thus, the annular solar eclipse on June 21 is almost a total solar eclipse. Skywatchers in locations with the best eclipse visibility will be able to see an incredibly thin ring around the Sun.

( Annular solar eclipse on June 21, 2020. A view from the free stargazing app Star Walk 2 for iOS and Android. )

Who will see the ‘ring of fire’?

The ‘ring of fire’ eclipse on June 21, 2020, will be visible from parts of Africa including the Central African Republic, Congo, and Ethiopia, south of Pakistan and northern India, and China. The partial eclipse will be observable in north and east Africa, in south-east of Europe, most of Asia (except the north part of Russia) and in the north of Australia.

How to see this annular eclipse?

To find out exact eclipse times for your location, take a look at interactive eclipse maps, find best viewing spots and receive voice alerts for eclipse phases in time, use the Eclipse Guide app. The app contains all the information you need to observe the annular solar eclipse on June 21 and to be prepared for the upcoming eclipses.

( Find all you need to experience solar and lunar eclipses in the Eclipse Guide app. )

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