January 26, 2017

The Sun will turn into a ''ring of fire'' on February 2017

On February 26, 2017 the moon will block much of the sun in a so-called annular solar eclipse, also known as a ''ring of fire'' solar eclipse.

Skywatchers in parts of Africa will see the Moon pass directly in front of the Sun, creating the an annular solar eclipse. During an annular solar eclipse, the Moon is farther away from Earth than during a total solar eclipse, so it appears smaller and doesn't completely cover the Sun.

A partial solar eclipse will be visible from a much larger swath of South America and Africa (Antarctica).

The upcoming annular eclipse on February 26 occurs in the Southern Hemisphere , mainly over the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. On land, the annular eclipse can be viewed from southern South America (Chile, Argentina) and the southeastern part of Africa (Angola, Zambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo).

An annular solar eclipse happens when the Moon covers the Sun's center, leaving the Sun's visible  outer edges to form a ''ring of fire'' or annulus around the Moon.


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