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Solar Eclipse On Friday May 10 2013 — Ring of Fire

A ring of fire solar eclipse, also known as an annular solar eclipse, will be taking occurring on May 10, 2013 (May 9th in some regions). The eclipse will be visible throughout much of Northern and Eastern Australia, parts of Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Pacific Islands, and Hawaii.

Annular solar eclipse
Image Credit: Ring of Fire via Flickr CC

Annularity (the ring of fire) will be visible throughout much of Papua New Guinea, parts of Western Australia and the Northern Territory and Queensland. And a partial eclipse will be visible to those in Hawaii, parts of Indonesia, and most Pacific Islands. The eclipse will have a magnitude of 0.9544. For further specifics,the image below should help to clarify.

Image Credit: NASA
Image Credit: NASA

For those in other regions, you can still watch the eclipse via the Slooh Space Camera, which will be covering it.


For information on the best astronomical events of the year, including more eclipses, see: Astronomy 2013, Comet ISON, Solar Eclipses, Meteor Showers, Lunar Eclipses, Dance of the Planets, Supermoon, etc

Image Credit: Solar Eclipse via Wikimedia Commons
Image Credit: Solar Eclipse via Wikimedia Commons

A solar eclipse is an event where the Moon passes in between of the Earth and the Sun, and subsequently appears to completely, or partially, block out the bright disc of the Sun from our view. In the case of a total eclipse, almost all of the light is blocked. In an annular — ring of fire — eclipse the Moon appears smaller than the Sun, and as a result leaves a ring (annulus) of the Sun around the Moon.




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