Solar Eclipse 2020: We’re Getting a Ring of Fire This Year

It seems that the first full day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere will come with an annual solar eclipse. 

On Sunday, on June 21, the new moon will be between the Earth and the Sun, and it will pass across the face of the Sun with the path that will go through Africa, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, India, China, including Taiwan. However, the exciting thing is that, instead of blocking the Sun, it will look a ring of fire coming from the Sun when it peaks. 

You’ll be able to watch the event live online if you don’t have a clear visibility pathThe webcast will start at 1 a.m EDT (0500 GMT). But the eclipse will begin at 1:45 p.m. EDT Saturday, June 20 (0345 GMT Sunday). Keep in mind that it will peak at 2:40 a.m. EDT (0640 GMT), and it will end at 5:34 a.m. EDT (1034 GMT) June 20.  

When the total eclipse of the Sun happens, the entire Sun will be covered by the moon. We will be able to see beautiful halo of white light, which is the solar corona, which will suddenly flash into the view. Then, there will be semi-darkness, which will settle over, and some other bright stars and planets may also make their appearances. After a few seconds or even minutes, the show will be over. 

However, when it comes to the annual eclipse, like the one that will take place on Sunday, the moon will actually be just a little too far from Earth, and it will not be able to cover the entire disk of the Sun. The dark shadow of the moon, which is called the umbra, will extend for 235,600 miles (379,100 kilometers) out into space.  So right now we’re waiting to see what kind of show we’re getting this year. 

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