The news of the “Ring of the Fire” eclipse has spread like a wildfire around the globe. The stargazers and sky watchers are on tiptoes with the peak of excitement to watch this amazing natural phenomenon take place on 21st June 2020.
This rarest of the rare Ring of The Fire solar eclipse will be seen from Africa, southern Asia, and Arabia. The sky-watchers will receive a treat of the theatrical eclipse when the moon will come between the sun and the earth.
The solar eclipse happens often but in this unique case the moon Is not in the close enough parameters of the earth to cover the sun completely, instead, it is going to cover the 78.2% middle part of the sun and leave the outline which would create the dramatic effect of the ring of fire.
The day, 21st June is the longest day of the year and the rarest solar eclipse altogether named this day the Summer Solstice. The first glimpse of the eclipse will be seen in the morning sky of the Republic of Congo. It will start at 5:56 am local time and the full eclipse will create blackout for one minute and 22 seconds.
The moon will be in the complete center and solar eclipse will be at the peak when it will create a complete ring of fire on the mid-of-the-day sky at Uttarakhand India at 12:10 IST. Meanwhile, it will cross through Africa and southern Asia. The perfect alignment, however, will only be visible for brief 38 seconds as it is visible only from the 2% of the Earth’s surface.
The blackout will create the effect of switching off a bright 500-watt bulb and turn on dim night light which is amazing. The scientists warned the public not to look at the eclipse directly because it will emit harmful ultra-violate rays that can affect the eyesight and create a black spot in the retina.
The French team of astronomers announced that even though, the ring of fire will be seen from the 2% of the Earth’s surface planet for a four-hour time frame, individuals many kilometers either side of the shroud will be not able to see it, rather just witness the light depleting from the sky. The good and unclouded weather is very crucial if you are to look at the solar eclipse.
Last time this type of eclipse happened 20 years ago on June 21st, 2001 and it was a full solar eclipse. Two more solstice eclipses are anticipated to happen in the future in 2039 and 2058. But they will not create the ring of fire and the next solstice eclipse will not happen for another two hundred years which makes this eclipse rarest of the rare.