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Witness the Spectacular ‘Ring of Fire’ Solar Eclipse

Astronomy enthusiasts and passionate observers from the UAE are gearing up for an extraordinary journey to the United States to witness the elusive ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse, a phenomenon that won’t be visible in the Arab region.

The Astonishing Annular Solar Eclipse:

Scheduled for October 14, the annular solar eclipse, often dubbed the ‘ring of fire’ eclipse, promises a mesmerizing celestial display. 

During this event, the moon will pass in front of the sun, partially covering it and creating a captivating ring of unfiltered sunlight known as the annulus.

Dubai Astronomy Group CEO Hasan Al Hariri shared his excitement: “The path of the eclipse will create a ring-like effect, making it appear like a ring of fire. 

We’re organizing an event in New Mexico, specifically in Albuquerque, where skywatchers can witness this extraordinary spectacle. 

We will be distributing special solar eclipse glasses to ensure safe viewing.”

Visibility and Duration:

This rare event will be visible from the West Coast of the US, extending down to the Caribbean and South America. Remarkably, it is set to be one of the longest eclipses, offering a clear view to observers. 

The visibility duration will vary depending on the location along its path, ranging from slightly over a minute to nearly five minutes.

Live Broadcast and Global Interest:

Although the eclipse won’t be visible in the UAE, Dubai Astronomy Group plans to broadcast the event live on their YouTube and other social media platforms. 

Al Hariri emphasized the global interest, stating, “This unique event will capture the attention of skywatchers worldwide. 

NASA and various astronomical societies in North and South America will participate, conducting activities to raise awareness. 

It is a precursor to another significant eclipse in the US next year in April.”

Annular Eclipse: A Rare Astronomical Phenomenon:

Annular eclipses occur when the moon, at its farthest point from Earth, appears slightly smaller than the sun. 

As the moon moves across the sun during this alignment, it creates the striking visual effect of a dark disk surrounded by a luminous ring, earning the event its poetic moniker, the ‘ring of fire.’

This upcoming eclipse marks a historic moment for astronomy enthusiasts, drawing attention for its rarity and the collaborative efforts of organizations like Dubai Astronomy Group and NASA, bringing this celestial marvel to a global audience.

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