Be prepared to witness a breath taking “Ring of Fire” Solar Eclipse

Solar EclipseSunday- May.20th will be a special day for the Sun as a partial solar eclipse is expected to darken the sun and the timings are between 5:16 and 7:40 P.M. Solar eclipse is a rare planetary phenomenon that occurs within a gap of decades and is a much awaited by scientists and laymen. Solar eclipse in simple terms is a phenomenon when the moon comes in between the Sun and the Earth in which all or some part of the sun’s light is blocked from the Earth.

The solar eclipse occurring this Sunday (May 20th) will block about 94 percent of the Sun due to which there occur a “Ring of Fire” phenomenon in the sky. The northern California in the United States will be a mute witness to this annular solar eclipse. Experts warn about viewing the sun without any protective eye wear even though the sun is partially eclipsed. Witnessing the solar eclipse without proper protection will lead to severe damage to the eyes.

This phenomenon of annular solar eclipse will take place in the late afternoon or early evening of May-20 covering the whole of North America and on May-21 in Asia. Partial or Annular solar eclipse are as spectacular as other types of solar eclipses but they are quiet dangerous for naked eyes.

Here are some tips for watching this rare solar eclipse phenomenon-

Using a pinhole projector or camera,

—Using one side of the binocular or telescope to project a magnified image of the sun’s disk onto a shaded white piece cardboard,

—Using Welder’s glasses is also recommended to view the eclipse directly.

What are the best places to view this annular solar eclipse?

The best places to view this annular solar eclipse for astronomers and eclipse buffs include-

  • The U.S. National Parks that are planning to have their own observing events for the solar eclipse.
  • The University of Colorado at Boulder is hosting a free eclipse watching event at the campus’ Folsom Stadium that begins at 5:30 P.M. local time.
  • Grand Canyon- A group researchers from NASA ‘S Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California is going there.
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