'Ring of fire' solar eclipse: How and when to watch this Sunday

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2020-06-20 18:32:27

The first of two solar eclipses  for the year will turn the sun into a glowing "ring of fire" on June 21 (or June 20 depending on your location). Those situated along a narrow band of the world will have the chance to see the rare eclipse firsthand.

An annular solar eclipse happens when the moon is too far away from us to completely hide the sun, leaving a circle of brightness around the moon. That is how it gets the poetic "ring of fire" nickname.

The full annular eclipse will be visible from parts of Africa and Asia. "A narrow stripe from Africa to the Pacific Ocean will see the Moon in front of the Sun (blocking 99.4% of the Sun at its peak in northern India) such that only a bright ring is visible," NASA said in a skywatching update for June. 

Time and Date lets you dial in details for your area, and tells you whether you're in line for the full eclipse, a partial eclipse or no eclipse at all. A NASA website also shows the eclipse path on an interactive map and lets you zoom in to find a viewing location. 

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