Annular Solar Eclipse Tonight!

An annular solar eclipse is one in which the Moon does not cover the entire sun, leaving a “ring of fire” visible around the outside. These occur when the Moon is further away from the Earth and thus appears smaller in the sky. (Like many celestial bodies, the Moon’s orbit is slightly elliptical rather than a perfect circle, which causes it to appear larger or smaller at different times.)

One of these annular eclipses will occur tonight, visible in person from parts of Asia and Africa. But technology to the rescue! You can see this spectacular solar event live on YouTube. Just click HERE. The feed will start at 11 pm MDT and the eclipse should reach the maximum point at about 11:47. (Go to the site now and you can set a reminder so you don’t forget.)

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