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The Last Ring of Fire Solar Eclipse You Will See Until 2039

By Orgesta Tolaj


16 October 2023

Ring of Fire Solar Eclipse

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Talk about intergalactic realness! Do you want to get ready for the celestial spectacle of a lifetime? Well, now is your chance to! A rare ring of fire solar eclipse is on the horizon, and if you miss it, you will have to wait until 2039 to see it again in the United States. However, if you do not want to miss out on this rare occasion, keep on reading as we dive into what this remarkable phenomenon is all about and guide you on where and how to experience it for yourself.

What Is the Ring of Fire Solar Eclipse?

The “Ring of Fire” solar eclipse, scientifically known as an “annular solar eclipse,” is a celestial event that occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun. During this eclipse, the moon doesn’t completely cover the sun but instead leaves a ring-like, or annular, appearance with the sun’s outer edge still visible. This creates the impression of a glowing ring or “ring of fire” in the sky.

The Ring of Fire solar eclipse is a captivating phenomenon where the moon appears slightly smaller than the sun, causing this unique visual effect. It’s distinct from a total solar eclipse, where the moon completely obscures the sun, and it’s different from a partial solar eclipse where only a portion of the sun is covered. The next time a “Ring of Fire” solar eclipse will be visible can vary by location, but it often takes several years for a particular region to witness this event again.

When Is the Ring of Fire Solar Eclipse Happening?

On October 14, there will be an “annular solar eclipse” in the western United States, as well as in parts of Central and South America. During this eclipse, the moon will block the sun, creating a glowing ring effect. This event was last observed in the U.S. in 2012 and won’t be visible again in the continental U.S. until 2039. It’s important to use proper eye protection to witness this rare celestial phenomenon safely, and some people might also hear and feel the eclipse.

How to See the Ring of Fire Solar Eclipse?

On their official accounts, NASA stated: “During the eclipse, the sky will grow dimmer, though not as dark as during a total solar eclipse. Some animals may begin to behave as if it is dusk and the air may feel cooler”.

NASA then continued: “Do not look at the Sun through a camera lens, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while wearing eclipse glasses or using a handheld solar viewer – the concentrated solar rays will burn through the filter and cause serious eye injury.”

NASA’s Interactive Map

NASA has also developed an interactive map for tracking the annular solar eclipse’s precise progress. It enables observers to pinpoint the eclipse’s location down to the nearest second. To safely view this eclipse, NASA recommends using specialized eye protection designed for solar observation due to the fact that the Moon won’t entirely block out the Sun’s light.

Are you excited for this rare eclipse? Will you be watching the event or are you skipping this one? Let us know in the comments below!

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Orgesta Tolaj

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