On May 26, 2021, those in certain parts of the world will be able to witness a stunning astronomical event: a “ring of fire” eclipse.
During a solar eclipse, the moon crosses in front of the sun, temporarily blocking its light. If the alignment is just right, the moon will appear to be the same size as the sun, resulting in a total eclipse. But if the moon is slightly further away from Earth than usual, it will appear smaller than the sun, resulting in an annular eclipse.
An annular eclipse is sometimes called a “ring of fire” eclipse because, during the peak of the eclipse, the sun will appear as a bright ring surrounding the dark disk of the moon.
The May 26 eclipse will be visible in parts of Australia, Asia, and the Pacific. In Australia, the eclipse will begin in the early morning hours before dawn. The best views will be in the Northern Territory, where the eclipse will be total.
Those in Asia will have to wait until the afternoon to see the eclipse, with the best views in China, Japan, and Korea. The eclipse will also be visible in the Pacific region, including Hawaii, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
Those outside of the path of the eclipse will still be able to see a partial eclipse, weather permitting.
This will be the first “ring of fire” eclipse visible from Australia and Asia in over a decade, so don’t miss your chance to see this amazing astronomical event!