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Rare 'Ring Of Fire' Eclipse In Asia And US
Early risers in some parts of China and Japan will see a rare solar eclipse at the weekend.
A partial solar eclipse - which will see the moon completely block out the sun but for a ring of fire around the moon's edge - is set to slink across a narrow swathe of the Earth on May 20 and 21.
The event, which scientists call an annular eclipse, will also be visible at sunset in western parts of the United States.
Depending on where people are in the eclipse's path, some may be able to witness an annular eclipse, while others will see the sun as a crescent, partially obscured by the moon, for a period of around four to five minutes.
According to Nasa, the eclipse will begin at sunrise in southern China, moving eastward to the southern coast of Japan.
It will continue onto the Pacific Ocean, passing south of Alaska's Aleutian Islands before reaching the coastlines of southern Oregon and northern California where it will be visible in Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas.
It will be the first time in 18 years that such an eclipse is visible from the US, according to Fred Espenak, a longtime solar eclipse expert with Nasa.
"What is unusual about this particular annular eclipse is that it goes over the western US," Mr Espenak said.
"People always think that eclipses are extremely rare but there are at least two solar eclipses every year. Each of these annular eclipses covers a very small fraction of the Earth's surface."
The next time the Earth will witness a total eclipse of the sun, a more dramatic event than a partial or annular eclipse, will be August 21, 2017.
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"Lunar Base News, Star Date = Wednesday 16th of May, coinciding with Wednesday 16th of May on Earth. This weekend will see a quite rare Lunar eclipse of the Earth, no special spectacles are required to view the Earth, just a usual Lunar Base telescope with Earth-observing filter. The Sun, of course, will be lighting up the dark side of the Moon for anyone going to the indoor, habitation dome, artificial beach and wave pool sectors." [I have no idea why I said it was June, originally]. June? ... Dunno.
I don't know who wrote that the next total solar eclipse is in 2017,but it is incorrect.The next total eclipse will be on the 17th of November this year and will be visible in Australia touching down in Darwin and then over Cairns where it then shoots off to New Zealand and off out to sea. There is the American eclipse in 2017 which is most likely what they meant as it will be the first there in many many years especially for the mainland.The last being over Hawaii in the 80s I believe.