- What is the Ring Of Fire and Why Should You Be Concerned
- Where Can You See It?
- Precautions You Should Take To Protect Yourselves
- Last Word
1. What is the Ring Of Fire and Why Should You Be Concerned
The Ring of Fire is a solar eclipse that occurs when a new moon is at its farthest point from the Earth (known as “apogee”) forming a straight line with the Earth and the Sun. At this moment, the moon partially covers the Sun but the outer rim of the Sun can still be seen, thereby, creating a dazzling “ring of fire” effect around the moon. This happens only once a year and lasts about two minutes.
2. Where Can You See It?
According to Science Alert, the Ring of Fire “will be visible from central Africa and through Asia, commencing at 0345 UTC on 21 June 2020. Many other locations, from south eastern Europe to the northern tips of Australia, will experience a partial annular eclipse.” (1)
3. Precautions You Should Take To Protect Yourselves
(a) Don’t Look Directly at the Sun
Protect your eyes by wearing a pair of “eclipse glasses”. Before you buy, do check the filter for scratches and cracks. Click here for a list of reputable manufacturers stated by the American Astronomical Society. Please do not use homemade filters or sun glasses.
(b) Use a Pinhole Projector
This is another way of watching the solar eclipse without damaging your eyes. Click on Exploratorium to find out how you can make a pinhole projector. (2)
4. Last Word
Please try to enjoy this annual solar eclipse by taking the correct precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones.