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Published on May 3rd, 2013 | by James Ayre

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Annular Solar Eclipse Occurring On May 10, 2013 — Ring Of Fire Eclipse

May 3rd, 2013 by

On May 9-10, 2013 an annular solar eclipse will be taking place, visible to those in much of Australia, the islands of the southern Pacific Ocean, and Hawaii. The ring of fire solar eclipse will have a magnitude of 0.9544.

Ring of fire solar eclipse

Image Credit: Solar Eclipse via Flickr CC

Those in northern Australia will be able to see the full annular eclipse, while those further south will still be able to see a partial eclipse. From Kowanyama the full eclipse will reach its peak at around 8:42AM. While those in Cairns will be able to catch the peak of the partial eclipse at about 8:49AM. As the eclipse moves across the Pacific Ocean it will cross the International Date Line, meaning that the eclipse will actually be visible in Hawaii on the 9th not the 10th. From the Big Island, the eclipse will reach its peak at about 3:50pm.

Annular solar eclipse May 10

Image Credit: NASA

For further specifics on times and locations see the two images on this page. And for further information on this years best best astronomical events see: Astronomy 2013, Comet ISON, Solar Eclipses, Meteor Showers, Dance of the Planets, Supermoon, etc


Image Credit: Eclipse Map via Wikimedia Commons

Image Credit: Eclipse Map via Wikimedia Commons

A solar eclipse is a phenomena whereby the Moon passes directly between the Earth and the Sun, and as a result appears to totally or partially block out the Sun and its light from viewers on the Earth. An annular solar eclipse is one where the Moon appears smaller than the Sun, thereby leaving a ring (annulus) of the Sun around the Moon, hence the name — “ring of fire” solar eclipse.

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