A 'ring of fire' occurs when the moon comes in front of the sun in a way that the Sun's light sneaks from behind, in the shape of a ring. The 'ring of fire' for this year is all set to arrive this Sunday, on June 21, 2020. As per astronomers, the event is highly anticipated because it is coinciding with the summer solstice. In the last 40 years, such a coincidence has happened only twice, so it makes all the more special.
The time duration and totality of this beautiful phenomenon will vary from location to location. Some countries will get to experience the full solar eclipse, while others will get to see it partially only. The countries which will completely miss out on the Ring of Fire are as follows: North and South America, a major part of Europe, as well as the UK.
Don't stress if you can't go out or if the eclipse won't be visible in your country. Just sit back and relax, you can watch this dazzling phenomenon from the comfort of your home. Here are a few websites where you can catch the streaming live.
The Virtual Telescope Project, Italy
The famous Virtual Telescope Project in Italy, will also be starting a webcast exactly at 5:30 am UTC. This will be a notable international collaboration between various organisations and entities. These include the Taqwa Observatory (Pakistan),
Live commentary and guidance will also be given by Dr. Gianluca Masi, the head astrophysicist of the Virtual Telescope Project.
Some Other Live Sources
Locations: Slooh's feeds will include coverage from multiple organisations such as Sharjah Academy for Astronomy (Middle East), India, the International Astronomical Center (Abu Dhabi), and Space Sciences & Technology (SSAT). The live stream will commence at 5:00 am UTC.
2. The International Astronomical Center (IAC)
Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE
3. Indian Astronomical Observatory
4. Time and Date (timeanddate.com)
5. Kodaikanal Solar Observatory
You can also watch updates on Facebook, on the official page of Regional Science Centre, Tirupati. 36% of the eclipse will be visible from this location.
Tune it to any of these sources and don't forget to enjoy this rare Ring of Fire!