Spectacular NASA video shows what this weekend's solar eclipse will look like

NASA has shared a spectacular video of what this weekend’s annual solar eclipse could look like.

The eclipse normally happens when the sun, moon and Earth are aligned.

The rare celestial event known as the “ring of fire” takes place when the moon is too far away in its orbit of the Earth to completely block out the sun, causing light to appear around the edges of the moon.

A video shared by NASA, which was taken in Western Australia in 2013, shows what enthusiasts can look forward to ahead of this weekend’s activities.

Millions of sky gazers will be able to see the eclipse on Sunday, June 21, but unfortunately, it will not be visible in the UK and the US.

NASA wrote in caption: “In the early morning of 2013 May 10, from Western Australia, the Moon was between the Earth and the rising Sun.

“At times, it would be hard for the uninformed to understand what was happening.

“In an annular eclipse, the Moon is too far from the Earth to block the entire Sun, and at most leaves a ring of fire where sunlight pours out around every edge of the Moon.”

The annular sun eclipse will take place this weekend on Sunday but it won't be visible in the UK

It takes several minutes for the moon to pass in front of the sun but the total eclipse lasts less than a second.

This year, the path will take the eclipse from Central Africa, over places like Saudi Arabia, Northern India, and Southern China, then out into the world’s largest ocean.

People in the Middle East, Southern Asia, and Eastern Africa will be able to witness a partial eclipse.


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