For the eclipse chasers Christmas, this year will be a couple of hours late. The reason for this is the final solar eclipse.
The eclipse this year won’t be the same as the one back on August 21, 2017. That is known as the ‘Great American Eclipse,’ and this one won’t be visible from North America.
The Solar Eclipse will begin at 03:43 am according to the Universal Time, precisely on December 26, the Annular Solar Eclipse.
It happens when the moon is on the right distance from the Earth, and it will be in a smaller size, covering the central place of the disk of the Sun. People who will observe this phenomenon could see a ring-shaped form, and it will last three minutes and forty seconds.
This not that rare phenomenon is known under the name ‘the ring of fire.’ It will be visible from several parts worldwide. At sunrise, people in Saudi Arabia can see it. It will be higher in the sky, so the people in Qatar can see it, after that the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Southern India through Sri Lanka, Indonesia, then Singapore, and in the end in Malaysia. The ring of fire will be visible also east of Guam in the Pacific Ocean.
Is it safe to look at?
It is not safe to look at it with a naked eye. The annular solar eclipse is as beautiful as the partial solar eclipse. The moon will cover 97% of the Sun’s surface. You think that is a lot, but still not enough to stop the Sun’s UV from being visible with the naked eye. It is considered to be dangerous, therefore, to avoid the damage, you need to wear eclipse glasses and the solar filters for telescopes or binoculars. As Sky At Night Magazine says:
It’s the most beautiful type of partial solar eclipse, but it’s also the most dangerous. All observers will need to wear solar eclipse glasses at all times and attempts to photograph it will require special solar filters.
What is the perfect location for observation?
Because this is an astronomical phenomenon, astronomers recommend that the most spectacular will be somewhere on the clear sky. Saudi Arabia is one of the recommended places. Most of the eclipse-chasers will be there before the eclipse, searching the right spot. Al-Hufuf is a place located two hours northeast of Riyadh, where you can see the ring of fire. You can find some great advice HERE is you’re planning a trip to chasing the eclipse.
When is the next annular solar eclipse?
It is effortless to predict these solar eclipses, and it is straightforward to reveal their paths. The next annular solar eclipse is supposed to happen on June 21, 2020. It will be rarer and a more profound kind because the moon will block 99% of the Sun’s surface. Furthermore, that solar eclipse will be visible from Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Yemen, Oman, Pakistan, India, Tibet, China, Taiwan, and at the end it will be visible in Guam.
The astrologists say that during the year 2020, the annular solar eclipse will be a little bit tricky, at it will last a couple of seconds. For example, in Ethiopia, the eclipse will last 61 seconds, in Oman 37 seconds, or Tibet only 23 seconds.
Because for sure, there will be people watching the eclipse from the edge so that they will see the crown of the Sun and that will be white and hot.
If you are asking yourself when will be the next annular solar eclipse that will be visible in North America, well, you are not the only one.
The eclipse in August 2017 will remain a precursor to a golden age of eclipses. But, as one of the biggest and the most important eclipses in America is expected to happen on April 8, 2024.
During this eclipse, people from twelve states across the US can see it. But, let’s not rush. Before this eclipse, there will be two more.
The first eclipse will be in Canada in 2021, and the other one in the southwest US.
The first one will happen on June 10, 2021. This event will occur right after a total lunar ‘blood moon,’ and it will be a 94% coverage of the Sun’s surface. It will be visible in Ontario at sunrise, northern Quebec, Greenland, and north-eastern Russia.
People who chase eclipses may be seen in the planes.
The second annular solar eclipse is happening on October 14, 2023. It will bring 95% coverage of the Sun’s surface. People from Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico would be able to see it.
A lot of eclipse chasers and other people often travel around the world to see the eclipses and take a picture of them. All in all, the annular solar eclipses are not as exciting as the total solar eclipse, for which the eclipse-chasers will travel anywhere on the planet to see it.
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