No matter that it is not exactly on Christmas, this solar eclipse is called the Christmas Ring of fire. This event is going to happen on the night after Christmas, and it will look just like a ring of fire.
To be precise, the annular solar eclipse is expected to happen on December 26, 2019.
The Moon is far enough from the Earth and will stand between the Sun and the Earth. In this position, the Moon will cover the Sun, and only the edges of light will be visible for the Earth. The size of the Moon is not that large to completely cover the Sun, as it supposed to be at the total solar eclipse. The result is the Ring of fire.
During this eclipse, there is a dose of symmetry, which makes this partial eclipse so unique.
Also, the first solar eclipse that happened this year was a partial one, on January 6. On the other hand, the second one was a total solar eclipse and occurred on July 2, 2019.
As the experts say, this is an annular solar eclipse, and there is no safe window for observing this phenomenon, but you must wear proper eye protection.
It was announced that this last solar eclipse for the year is going to be visible from a 100-mile wide road of annularity. It will be visible in Saudi Arabia, South Pacific. If the weather allows, it will be visible in Europe, parts of Asia, and North/West Australia, too.
The crescent Sun is going to be visible throughout Eastern Europe, Asia, northwest Australia, East Africa, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans, but the path of annularity is the thing that is important to the eclipse chasers.
When the eclipse sunrise is over in Saudi Arabia, the road passes Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, the Northern Mariana Islands, and in the end, Guam, right before sunset. That is the path that is very important for the eclipse chasers.
The largest cities able to see the ‘Christmas Ring of Fire’ are Kozhikode and Coimbatore in India, Jaffna and Trincomalee, in Sri Lanka, Sibolga, Batam, and Singkawang located in Indonesia and Singapore.
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