An Annular Solar Eclipse will occur this Sunday26th February, 2017, creating a ring of light around the darkened Moon. An Annular Eclipse is similar to a Total Solar Eclipse, in that the Moon moves directly between the Earth and the Sun. But, unlike during a Total Solar Eclipse, the Moon does not completely obscure the Sun. During an Annular Eclipse, the Moon is farther away from the Earth, making it appear smaller. Therefore, the Moon only covers most of the solar disk leaving a “ring of fire” around the outer edge.
The path of this Sunday's eclipse will begin off the coast of Chile and pass through the south of that country, then southern Argentina, across the southern Atlantic Ocean, and into Angola and Congo in Africa. While the full eclipse will only be visible along a very thin line, partial phases will be visible in several South American and African countries, as well as over much of Antarctica.
This eclipse belongs to ‘Saros 140’ and is number 29 of 71 eclipses in the series. All eclipses in this series occur at the Moon’s descending node. The Moon moves northward with respect to the node with each succeeding eclipse in the series and gamma increases. The instant of greatest eclipse will take place at 14:54 UTC, 4.7 days before the Moon reaches perigee. During the eclipse, the Sun is in the constellation Aquarius. The synodic month in which the eclipse takes place has a Brown Lunation Number of 1165.
Slooh will provide live coverage of this event, joined by solar scientists, Slooh astronomers, and cultural experts to help bring a deeper understanding to Solar Eclipses and their place in the larger culture of mankind. They will talk about the role the moon plays in eclipses, and how this is the only time we ever truly get to see a New Moon. The streaming begins 12:00 UTC (07:00 EST).
For details see: http://main.slooh.com/event/the-southern-ring-of-fire-solar-eclipse/
This is the first of two eclipses in 2017 - the next solar eclipse will be a total one and will take place on August 21, 2017.
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