Get ready for a celestial show on June 21 as the world prepares for the deepest annular solar eclipse of the century.
The event marks the new moon crossing the sun, all while it’s farthest from the Earth on its orbit. This means that the moon will only be partially blocking the sun, which will then leave our star’s outer edges to glow like a “ring of fire” for about a minute or two.
According to TimeAndDate, this historic occurrence will be visible from “parts of Africa including the Central African Republic, Congo, and Ethiopia; south of Pakistan and Northern India; and China,” if the weather permits clear skies. At maximum, the moon is projected to block 99.4% of the sun, and will follow an arched path from Central Africa to the South Pacific, as demonstrated by a GIF provided by NASA.
As for the Philippines, the annular eclipse may partially be viewed from Manila between 3:01 p.m. to 5:31 p.m. “The northern most areas of Luzon will have a good view of the partial solar eclipse, having an eclipse obscuration of up to 91 percent, while the Visayas and Mindanao areas’ eclipse obscuration ranges from 52-66 percent and 43-58 percent, respectively,” elaborates PAGASA.
Note that if you plan on getting a glimpse of this global event, make sure to proceed with proper equipment such as wearing protective eclipse sunglasses. Remember that attempting a look at the sun with your naked eyes could lead to retinal damage or even blindness.
That said, the eclipse may otherwise be safely streamed online through live feeds by Slooh.com and TimeAndDate. Simply look out for the video links below on June 21, Sunday.
The next “ring of fire” annular eclipse is projected for June 10, 2021.