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Eclipse 2019 MAPPED: Can you see the eclipse today from your area?

The “Ring of Fire” annular solar eclipse has been viewed around much of Asia and the Middle East. A ring appeared around the Moon and was visible from Saudi Arabia, southern India and parts of Indonesia.

Crowds gathered to watch the eclipse in a number of countries, including Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India and Saudi Arabia.

There are between two and five solar eclipses each year with a total eclipse taking place every 18 months or so

Royal Observatory Greenwich

In an annular eclipse, the moon covers the centre of the Sun, giving the appearance of a bright ring.

These eclipse are usually two solar eclipses on Earth every year.

These eclipse happen only when the Earth is completely or partially in the Moon’s shadow.

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Eclipse 2019: (Image: Getty)

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Eclipse 2019: Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India and Saudi Arabia (Image: NASA/Google)

What Is an Annular Solar Eclipse?

An annular solar eclipse happens when the Moon covers the centre of the Sun, leaving the visible outer edges of our Solar System’s star to form a “Ring of Fire” or annulus around the Moon.

These solar eclipses occur when the New Moon casts a shadow on Earth.

The Moon’s shadow is too small to engulf the entire planet, meaning the shadow is always limited to a certain area.

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This area changes during the eclipse because the Moon and Earth are in constant motion.

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Our planet continuously rotates around its axis while it orbits the Sun, and the Moon orbits Earth.

Solar eclipses are only visible from within the area where the shadow falls, meaning the closer Earth is to the centre of the shadow’s path, the bigger the eclipse looks.

Eclipse 2019: An annular solar eclipse happens when the Moon covers the centre of the Su (Image: Getty)

Eclipse 2019: The “Ring of Fire” annular solar eclipse has been viewed around much of Asia and the Middle East (Image: Getty)

Why is the eclipse known as “annular?

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The word “annular” derives from the Latin word for ring, “annulus.”

Such eclipse event are named for their darkest, or maximum, point even if it only lasts less than a second.

If the characteristic “Ring of Fire” is visible from even just one location, the whole eclipse is called an annular solar eclipse.

However, most areas around the world and for most of the duration, an annular eclipse looks like a partial solar eclipse.

This is also the case for total solar eclipses and for rare hybrid solar eclipses which have an annular maximum point in some places and a total maximum point in others.

Eclipse 2019: The Moon’s shadow is always limited to a certain area (Image: NASA)

When will the next lunar and solar eclipses appear?

January 10–11, 2020: Penumbral lunar eclipse (when the Sun, Earth, and the Moon are in imperfect alignment).

June 5–6, 2020: Penumbral lunar eclipse.

June 21, 2020: Annular solar eclipse.

July 4–5, 2020: Penumbral lunar eclipse.

November 29–30, 2020: Penumbral lunar eclipse.

December 14, 2020: Total solar eclipse.

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