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Annular solar eclipse for Australia and the Pacific

5 May 2013, 00:00 UTC
Annular solar eclipse for Australia and the Pacific
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On May 10 this year, people who can look toward the sun along a certain path crossing northern Australia and reaching far into the Pacific Ocean will see a so-called ring of fire eclipse. An annular eclipse of the sun happens when the moon passes right in front of the sun, but the moon’s disk doesn't appear big enough to complete block the sun's disk. Instead, the sun's disk surrounds the moon's disk. Continue reading →

¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending May 11, 2013
On May 10 this year, people who can look toward the sun along a certain path crossing northern Australia and reaching far into the Pacific Ocean will see a so-called ring of fire eclipse. An annular eclipse of the sun happens when the moon passes right in front of the sun, but the moon’s disk doesn’t appear big enough to complete block the sun’s disk. Instead, the sun’s disk surrounds the moon’s disk.
Since it’s not a total eclipse, there’s never a moment when it’s completely safe to see the annular eclipse of the sun without protecting your eyes. The amount of sunlight you see may not be bright enough to make you ...

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