Solar Eclipse June 21: TOP 5 facts about the cosmic event

Katie Ramirez
June 19, 2020

The annular eclipse is also known as the "Ring of Fire" because the lunar disk does not cover the sun completely.

A solar eclipse or Surya Grahan occurs when the moon will obstruct the way between the sun and the earth.

According to NASA, in a narrow stripe from Africa to the Pacific Ocean, particularly at the eclipse's peak in northern India, the Moon will block 99.4% of the Sun, making the "ring of fire" visible in the area.

Judging by photos and videos taken during last year's event, we can expect some truly incredible images. When the total size of the Sun is hidden by the Moon, a total solar eclipse results.

The European orbiter weighs just under two tons and has a maximum dimension of 3 meters, not counting its solar panels.

This Sunday, be sure to step outside with some proper eye protection and gaze upon the burning ring of fire. This time the coincidence of planets and constellations is going to be formed after 500 years at the time of solar eclipse.

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Quiron said the event is best viewed in Itbayat, Batanes and Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, which have an eclipse obscuration of up to 91 percent. Eclipse fans in the U.S. will need to stay up late. Sadly, due to the restrictions still continuing all over the world when it comes to travel, eclipse enthusiasts will probably miss the possibility to enjoy this one from an ideal place. However, in olden days the period of the solar eclipse was believed to be an inauspicious event as the main energy providing source sun is not clearly visible.

No doubt solar eclipses are highly interesting occurrences in nature.

The fantastically named "super blood wolf moon" of Jan. 20 and 21 was a stunner combining a total lunar eclipse (blood) with January timing (wolf) and a particularly large appearance due to being closer to the Earth (super).The Kalamazoo Astronomical Society in MI delivered an extraordinary set of images showing the moon and the occasional twinkling star around it. If this feels uncomfortable, a hand-held viewer may also be used. Welders' glass of #14 or #15 grades is also safe for visual or photographic viewing, although the colour is usually less pleasing. A total eclipse happens around once every 18 months.

"Remember to never look directly at the Sun even during an eclipse".

"In many time zones, this eclipse will take place on the same day as the June solstice".

This occurs when the eclipse is at its most ideal positioning, and will last for just a few minutes. To observe partial or total solar eclipse, it is safe to make use of solar filters. It is always recommended using binoculars or a small low-power telescope, since they both allow the entire Moon to be viewed during the event.

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