Solar eclipse will light up Earth's sky this Sunday

A peculiar solar eclipse known as "annular of the sun" or the "ring of fire" will occur next Sunday and may be observed in various regions of the world, international media reported today.

The astronomical phenomenon occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun, although from a position farther from Earth that, consequently, does not allow it to completely cover the star, creating a ring of fire effect in the sky, hence the denomination.

This type of eclipse also usually happens when the Earth is closer to the sun, within its orbit. However, in the next event, the natural satellite will play a leading role, which experiences a phase called a micro moon because, while the phenomenon is occurring, it will be in a full moon phase.

Where and exactly what time will the eclipse be seen?

The United States National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) reported that the eclipse will be visible in various parts of Central Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

In other regions of the planet such as southeastern Europe, New Zealand and Australia it will be observed in a smaller proportion. In Latin America and the Caribbean this astronomical spectacle cannot be enjoyed naturally.

However, thanks to the possibilities of the Internet and the media, people around the world will be able to follow the development of the eclipse.

In the areas where the ring of fire will be visible, it will start at 0500 (local time) in the morning, and will peak one hour later.

Scientists recommend using adequate protection to look at the sky. Normal sunglasses are not enough to prevent eye damage. Therefore, special lenses or manual riflescopes that comply with ISO 12312-2 are required.

Six eclipses in total are expected to occur in 2020. Four of them with moon and two with sun. The first of the star king will be next Sunday. The other will take place on December 14, and can be seen from southern Latin America.