A ring of fire eclipse of the sun was due to take place today on the Slooh webcast. It was indeed a sight to behold.
A sensational ring of fire solar eclipse has been cast over the skies of the continent of Africa on Thursday. The good thing is that individuals spread around the global village viewed this spectacular sight via the Slooh webcast which is free of cost.
Live telescopic snapshots of the sight from the Slooh observatory situated on Canary Islands off the western coastline of Africa were available for perusal by amateurs and professionals alike.
There will be further pics assembled of the vision from South Africa, Tanzania, Madagascar and the small Reunion Island. The webcast began at 2:45 AM EDT.
Also websites on the Internet such as Space.com, Slooh.com featured the sight for all to gaze at in wonderment. The sight began a few minutes after 2:00 AM EDT and will reach its fullest extent by 8:00 AM EDT.
We are in for an experience of a lifetime as the moon’s shadow moves across the surface of the earth in synch with the sun shining above. The alignment will be something to ogle at with curiosity for all skygazers. However, protective sun-screening dark glasses are recommended.
The moon will race over the skyline at the fantastic speed of 2000 mph. A long list of experts on various fields having to do with solar eclipses will be available to explain interesting facts about the scenario.
The topics they will speak on range from the phenomena that are eclipses to the ramifications they have on the human psyche. Also how early man looked upon these wonderful events as well as the significance they held for our ancestors during history will be discussed in detail.
Ring of fire solar eclipses are also called annular eclipses. That is because the moon does not exactly cover the sun completely. A small ring is left shining through at the edge from which the name is derived in the first place.
The moon is far away from the earth in this ring of fire eclipse. In case of a total eclipse, the moon is close to the earth instead. The ring phenomenon will be seen for a limited time from a few places only.
Most of Africa will only get to see a partial eclipse. Next year on August 21st, a total solar eclipse will darken the skies over the United States.